Are you wondering how to save on summer air travel? With the kids out of school, summer is the ideal time to travel. But if you need to keep an eye on your budget—and who doesn’t?—you will want to find ways to save on summer air travel. Below are some simple tips to help you get to and from your destination without breaking the bank.
Most airlines will start fare sales Monday night or Tuesday morning. So why not buy then? Well, you have to give them time for their competitors to work to match or beat their prices, giving you the chance to get the best deal. Waiting until after 3pm tends to deliver the best results.
If your kids are still out of school the last week of August, you are in luck; many airlines steeply discount their fares at this time since many schools are back in session, cutting down on travel. And if you don’t have kids? This is certainly the week for you.
If you are looking at international flights, this gets tricky, and many international flights will include extras, such as your tourist visa and certain paperwork. But if you are flying domestic, you can determine a good deal based on the hours in the flight. If your flight is right around an hour, $150 is a good deal for a round-trip flight. If it clocks in around two hours, $210 is reasonable. Three hours should be around $280 and anything longer than that will be about $340.
On most airlines, drinks are free, but snacks cost a fortune. Even in the airport, they are pretty pricy. To keep things affordable, bring your snacks from home. Unlike drinks, you can take these behind secure lines, and this will keep both your wallet and family happy.
Do you have special tricks you use to save money when flying? We would love to hear about them!