Air travel has become the most expensive form of travel. Unfortunately, many of us are forced to fly to get our destination and therefore we are hit with the massive costs associated with air travel. Many travelers have habits that may be costing them more money when flying. With that said, we are going to look at ways that air travelers can cut down the costs of flying.
Book Flights at Least 30 Days in Advance
A lot of us wait until the last minute to book a flight and this can cost us a lot of money. For this example, I looked at booking a round trip flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas on Delta. When I tried to book the flight 2 weeks out, the cost came to $452 per ticket and when I looked to book the flight 30 days out the cost dropped to $384. That’s a savings of $68 per ticket.
Pack Light and Avoid Checked Bags
For those of us who have been flying a long time, it’s a habit to pull up to the curve and check our bags with the curbside porters. Well some airlines are charging as much as $35 per checked bag. That’s not a round trip number either. Take only what you need and if you have to check a bag, try to use Southwest for your travel. Southwest is currently the only major or discount airline that doesn’t charge for checked baggage.
Watch for Internet Specials
Many long time travelers are accustomed to picking up the phone and booking our flights. Airlines are all firm believers in the efficiency of e-commerce and reward online users with internet discounts. All major airlines offer specials on the web which can sometimes discount tickets as much as 30% over the standard ticket prices.
Fly a Discount Airline
Airlines such as Southwest, AirTran and Spirit have become a force in the airline industry. Many travelers have simply become accustomed to calling major carriers such as Delta or United Airlines because that what they have always done. I compared a flight on Spirit Airlines flying roundtrip from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale with a major carrier. The major carrier charged $198 per person round trip and Spirit charged $104 for the same flight.
Avoid Heavy Air Travel Days
This is where all major airlines make their money. They know that everyone wants to travel on the days preceding Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, therefore the prices are sky high. I have flown on flights on Thanksgiving morning and saved over a $100 on the ticket. I have also flown out the day after Thanksgiving and got substantial savings.
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