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How to Save Money on a Flight

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Book your tickets at the right time

There are plenty of ways to save your money on a flight, and booking it at the right time is one of them. There are several factors that affect the price of a ticket:

  • Fare wars: Some airlines will offer lower airfare prices if they're competing with another airline in that region. For example, if you're flying from New York City to Miami and American Airlines offers lower fares than Delta Airlines, then you could save money by choosing American instead.
  • Flash sales: Sometimes airlines offer flash-sale prices for flights that aren't normally available for purchase at those rates—again, if an airline is competing with another company in the same area and needs customers quickly! Be sure not miss those when they do come up!
  • Special offers: Airlines also have special deals going on occasionally; these could be anything from free checked baggage or discounted business class seating options to free upgrades based on loyalty status with them (or even just being a member). You'll have better luck finding out about these types of things before going into booking mode so keep your eyes peeled!

Travel during the off-season.

The best time to travel is during the off-season. In fact, most people don't realize this, but traveling during the off-season is the easiest way to save money on flights. Why? Because there are fewer people traveling, which means that airlines have less demand for their seats and can pass along savings to their customers. Plus, fewer people are traveling means that hotels have a higher occupancy rate—meaning they'll be more likely to offer you a room at a discounted rate. The key here is finding when each season begins and ends as well as researching how many days into each season prices start going down so you know exactly when it's best for you to book your flight or hotel room.

Fly on weekdays.

  • Fly on weekdays. Flights are less crowded, there are more available seats and flights, and you'll have a better chance of finding one that fits your schedule.
  • Avoid holidays and weekends if possible. More people fly during these times, which means longer lines and more delays. If you can’t avoid them, try to book the flight several weeks ahead of time so even if they run out of seats at first, they might be able to add some later on (but don't count on it).

Avoid flying on the weekends.

Avoid flying on the weekends.

The average cost of a domestic flight is $300, but if you’re smart about choosing when to fly, you could save 50 percent on that price. One thing that drives up the price of flights is the fact that more people tend to travel on the weekends than during the week. This means that airlines are operating at full capacity and need to charge higher ticket prices in order to stay profitable—which means you’ll pay more if your trip occurs during a weekend.

If you're flexible with your dates, try booking one-way tickets instead of round trips (it works out cheaper). And if possible, buy tickets for early morning or late night flights rather than rush hour times; this will help keep costs down as well as stress levels low!

Choose airport alternatives for international flights.

  • Finding alternatives to major airports

If you're flying from the United States, there are a number of airports that offer lower fares on international flights. These include:

  • Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

If you're flying from Canada or Mexico, there are some additional options as well. For example:

Traveling with infants and children? Here are some tips for you.

If you are traveling with an infant, bring along a car seat. If you are traveling with a toddler, bring along a stroller. If you are traveling with a baby, bring along a baby carrier. If you are traveling with a child (aka not an infant), bring along his or her backpack!

If the above seems obvious and redundant to you, good for your common sense! But I've seen too many kids running around airports without backpacks or strollers because their parents didn't bother reading the "What To Bring" section of TripAdvisor before they booked their flights home from vacation (or even worse: didn't have time).

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Don't book your flight and hotel separately.

We all know that saving money on a flight can be tough, but there are ways to do it.

One easy way is to book your hotel and flight together. If you’re using points-based credit cards, using them for this process could help save you even more money.

If you love traveling and want to get the best price possible on flights, download apps like Hopper or Google Flights to track airfares and receive alerts when prices drop.

Use a points-based credit card to earn miles when you travel or make purchases.

You can also use a points-based credit card to earn miles when you travel or make purchases.

If you travel often, this is an easy way to make sure that your flights are free. This will increase in value as the price of flights increases. If you purchase something on a regular basis and pay with a credit card, then it could be useful for getting rewards points towards your next flight.

Download apps to track airfares and receive alerts when prices drop.

There are a number of apps that can track airfares and receive alerts when prices drop. These include Hopper, which is free, but requires you to log in with your email account. If you don't want to give out your email address or sign up for an account, use Airfare Watchdog instead—it's free, too! You just enter dates and destinations into the app's search engine, and it will tell you what flights are available at which price points.

The same goes for hotels: HotelTonight is a great way to find discount rates on hotel rooms throughout the city (or wherever). The app lets users choose options like "cheapest" or "most luxurious." Once they've booked their room(s), guests can extend their stay without incurring additional fees by paying an amount equal to that night’s rate after 11 p.m., before checkout time.*

If car rentals are more convenient than public transportation—or if flying isn't viable yet—then get an alert from Turo when rates go down below $42/day ($31/day if new car owners rent out their cars through Turo).*

You can save money when you plan ahead and prioritize what is important to you!

To save money when booking flights, you should plan ahead. The earlier you book a flight, the less expensive it will be. You can often find cheap tickets if you travel during the off-season (typically October through March) or on weekdays as opposed to weekends. Many airlines also offer discounts for booking round-trip tickets and staying over a Saturday night.

Bear in mind that there may be restrictions on these cheaper flights; for example, ticketed passengers might have to stay an extra day at their destination rather than traveling home after just one night there. Also consider flying via budget airlines instead of traditional carriers if your destination is within driving distance; these smaller companies typically charge lower prices than major ones because they don't offer amenities like free food or entertainment options onboard their aircrafts (though some do!).

If possible, avoid traveling internationally with infants and children under two years old as they are more susceptible to getting sick while flying due to pressure changes inside airplanes' cabins which can affect their eardrums causing ear pain and discomfort--and let's not forget about those diaper explosions!


We hope you find these tips helpful and make sure to plan ahead when booking a flight. We know that it can be stressful but you can save money on your next trip by doing little things like checking flight prices before going online and comparing different airlines. Planning ahead will help you avoid any unwanted surprises!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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