We’re all always looking for ways to save money, especially when it comes to travelling.
Flights are one of the biggest costs associated with going away, but there are ways in which you trim quite a nice chunk off your fares.
We’re going to take a look at five of the best tried and tested methods to save money the next time you’re booking flights.
Fly at the right time
As you might imagine, the time which you choose to fly at will have a big impact on the prices of your flights, from the month and day, right down to the time of day.
The big tip is to avoid flying at weekends, as these are obviously the most popular times. If it’s not too big of an inconvenience, then try flying midweek.
According to this article from Fare Compare, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive, and overnight flights can result in big savings.
This one can obviously be a big inconvenience, but if you’ve got time on your hands and the savings are going to be worth it, then why not look and see if there’s a cheaper flight that involved stopovers instead of going direct?
We spoke to travel company Globehunters who said: “Often you can also save money by mixing up the airlines which you fly with.
“This includes checking different airlines for different legs of your journey if it’s an indirect flight, and also booking your return flight with a different airline.”
Fly from a different airport
If you’re lucky enough to live within close distance of a couple of different airports, it’s always worth checking how much you can save by flying from one which is perhaps a little bit further away.
Obviously, you’ll have to consider the extra public transport, petrol and parking costs, and whether they’ll outweigh the benefits, but don’t discount the possibility that it might be cheaper.
Prepare in advance
One way to save yourself a bit of money upon arrival at the airport is to make sure that you pre-book your airport parking if you require it, as this will be a lot cheaper than paying on the day.
As well, you might wish to take your own food on board the flight. Airport and onboard food and be very pricey, so why not prepare a packed lunch before you set off?
Beat the baggage fees
Baggage fees can be one of the biggest and most unexpected costs that travellers face, so make sure that you’re prepared, and use a bit of creativity to avoid them.
For example, if there are any extra items of clothing which you can get away with wearing instead of putting in your case, then do so!
If you can cram any smaller items into your pockets too, then make sure you do so!
And of course, make sure that you weigh your bag before leaving for the airport and remove any unnecessary items if you find you are over the limit.
For more tips on avoiding those nasty fees, check out this article from Money Crashers.