I hope you enjoyed my last post, Even more, I hope you enjoy this one better. It’s about time to book your next trip’s flights but you are uncertain of how to get the best flight deal available out there? I know you searched several price comparison websites before you booked but there is still a chance you are losing a great discount! I am going to show you a road map of how to get the best flight deals.
What is the best time to book my flights
There are several researches as to when is the best time to book flights. Here is an interesting one from Skyscanner. I will take as example one of the most saturated routes out of London which is London to Orlando (any airport).July appears to be the most expensive month of the year when the prices are higher than average by 34%. The second most expensive month is August where the prices are higher than average by 11%. This makes perfect sense as the prices are clearly affected by the seasonality (summer holiday period).Surprisingly, the best month to book flights to Orlando throughout the year is June where the prices are 12% cheaper than average. Therefore, in this particular scenario, if you wish to travel to Orlando you should better be doing this in June. If this is not possible just follow the recommendations of the Skyscanner’s tool and find the second cheaper month of the year for the destination of your preference. It worth the try, this is a great source of information.
How many days in advance should I book my flights?
Alright, so you decided what is the best time to travel using the sky scanner’s tool. The question now is when is the best time for you to book the flights you found. How many days in advance you should book those flights? There is an article from Cheapair showing that you should book air tickets exactly 54 days in advance. In a glance, the research shows that the air fares begin to drop slowly somewhere between the seventh and third month prior departure. Afterwards, period the air fares are diminishing steadily up until 54 days before departure where they hit their limit down. From then on the prices begin to go up again until the day of the flight departure. So the magic number to remember is 54.
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How do I know I have secured the best flight deal in the market?
So you should know by now who is you destination and what is the best month to travel there. You should also have a good idea of how many days in advance you should book your flights. Finally, you took all the necessary precautions to be absolutely sure the booking engine is not cheating on you. Let’s now make sure you get the best deal in the market. Meta search engines like Skyscanner, Kayak, and Cheapflights are out there to compare the flight prices of almost 300 hundred airlines and online travel agencies for you. Once you do your research on all those websites you are almost certain you have got the best flight deal available as essentially those price comparison websites are there to do exactly that for you, to find you the best price. That’s almost accurate. The reason is those websites compare the prices of online travel agencies and airlines online. But what about the travel agencies which have no online presence? Have you ever considered they may have better air fare deals but they only sell those over the phone or at their brick and mortar high street stores? A perfect example is the one of Flightcentre. They have been around for years and due to their size they have achieved some great deals with airlines for fares they don’t sell online. Simply because their business model is based on walk-in customers and sales over the phone. In my opinion right before you book the flights you found online you should always check with some travel agencies which are not specializing on online sales (such as Flightcentre) just in case they could match or even beat the online price you found. It will only take you five minutes to make that call and ask if they can give you a better price than the one you found online. Just so you know some high street agencies offer a best price guarantee promise! Don’t lose this opportunity, after all you have nothing to lose. It’s just a phone call. You did all that hard work don’t give up now.
I hope this road map would help you find the best flight deal you always wanted. Just follow the steps to make sure you know when to book, then search for the best available flight deals here and once you spot the deal of your preference pick up the phone and call some travel agencies, ask them to beat the price you found online. Try some from this list first. I would be happy to hear if it worked for you. Good luck.