Having a destination wedding means you’ll be buying airline tickets so why not spend as little as possible for those tickets to fly? We’ve put together our top 8 tips on saving big bucks on your trip.
#1 Be flexible with the airline. If you MUST fly the Friendly Skies to get points, you could miss out on a bargain with another carrier. Saving money is not about brand loyalty.
#2 – be an outlier. Be the traveler who is willing to fly when no one else wants to. That means the crack of dawn, the middle of the night, at lunch or dinner. Hungry, tired and cranky gets the lowest ticket price.
#3- opt for flying on a Tuesday (the cheapest day of the week to fly), Wednesday or Saturday. Avoid Fridays and Sundays as they are the most expensive travel days. Even if you have to fly a Friday or Sunday on one leg, try for one of the cheaper days the other leg as you’ll still save.
#4 – set your buying clock for 3 PM on a Tuesday. By this time, the cheapest airfares for the week have been released and all the carriers have price-matched.
#5 – it’s all in the timing. Book too early or too late and you could end up paying more. You want the timing to be juuuuuust right. For domestic flights in the US, that’s between 3 months and 30 days from your departure date. For international, you’re looking at 5.5 months to 90 days. If you’re traveling during the peak months of June, July, August or the December holidays, book 60 days in advance.
#6 – look for flights out of larger hubs, as they are cheaper than flying out of smaller airports.
#7 – look for layovers. Direct flights are more convenient but multiple stops can save you up to 50%.
BONUS SNEAKY TIP- when looking for a flight, do it as single passengers. Thanks to a weird and little known algorithm of the travel Powers That Be, multiple tickets sold in a single transaction must all be at the same price point. Say you find one ticket at $100 and the rest are $200. If you book two, you’ll pay $400. But if you book with two separate transactions, purchasing one at a time, you’ll pay $300.
And there you have it! Follow these tips and save some greenbacks (which always come in handy for your wedding or honeymoon). What tips do you have for making the most of your travel budget?