I have a question for you: do you know how to find the best airfare prices?
Well I do, which is why I would like to share a few tips and tricks with you so the next time you don’t have to turn down that perfect vacation because airfare prices might be too high.
My family loves to travel. In fact one of our favorite types of travel is the I-just-found-an-incredible, too-good-to-pass-up-deal, spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous-kind-of-travel. A big question that I get asked is how are we able to travel so much, especially with having to purchase airfare for our family of four. Well the honest answer to that question is that there are many sleepless nights for this extreme wanderluster due to my obsession with searching for the best airfare prices. I mean who wants to pay top dollar for anything in life unless you truly have to?
One thing that I really am not a fan of when it comes to traveling is when high airfare prices stand in my way. My family and I have driven between 15-20 hours straight through from PA to various parts of Florida, more times than I can remember, just to avoid paying airfare prices that I considered to be too expensive.Check out my top tips to finding the best airfare prices: Click To Tweet
- The best days for finding the deepest discount on airfare prices are Tuesday and Wednesday. (I have no clue why but I have actually compared flight prices on these days against other days of the week and it is definitely less expensive).
- Shop for airfare late at night. When I say late at night I mean LATE, like between the hours of 11pm and 3am. My family and I have flown to Puerto Rico from JFK 3 times in the past 2 years (our 4th time is coming up next week), and thanks to my late night airfare shopping we have scored 4 roundtrip flights for under $1150.00 TOTAL every time.
- If you are airfare shopping on sites such as Expedia and Travelocity, make sure to bundle it in a vacation package with a hotel/resort stay for the deepest discount. You will not get a discount on the airfare price itself, but you will get an overall vacation package discount for booking your flight and hotel together.
- Download the Kayak app or head to Kayak.com and you can actually get price alerts where they search and send you the best airline prices via the app or right to your email. I love Kayak because it will even search the best fares over a 30 day time period for you. Kayak is a great tool for finding the best airfare prices because it works hard to get you the best deal, plus it offers flying options that you may not have thought of (different flight time, different airport or different airline).
- Always make sure to check surrounding airports. We have saved not only money but time by driving to and flying out of surrounding airports instead of our neighboring airport, Philadelphia. Even though Philadelphia’s airport is only about a 45 minute drive from our home, there are sometimes not many connecting flights to Puerto Rico (our island of choice these days), especially that leave and return when we want. By flying out of JFK sometimes, we have to drive about 2 hours to the airport, but we get a direct flight on Jet Blue (our favorite airline) that thanks to my obsession with finding the best airfare prices, we have been fortunate enough to pay only about $275.00/ per person roundtrip for our airfare.
- Make sure to reap the airline frequent flyer rewards. I know that it can be annoying to sign up for each and every reward program and then have all of those emails fill up your inbox, but trust me when I tell you that airline rewards are oh so valuable. Each and every time that you book flights, be sure to sign up to become a part of that specific airline reward program. Jet Blue has a True Blue reward program where you can earn up to 6 points per eligible dollar when you book on JetBlue.com, and you can use your points for any seat at any time.
I hope that these tips will help you find the best airfare prices so that you can start saying yes to more travel and get out there and explore the world.
Please comment and share with me if you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you travel to?