Copyright (c) 2008 John Nolan
Family holidays are a great way for the family to bond as well as escape from the stresses of daily life. However, it is becoming more and more difficult for families to afford the rising costs of air travel. It doesn’t come cheap, but there are a few ways to make great savings if you know where to look. This will give you the chance to finally make the trip you have dreamed of without breaking the bank.
Find Online Deals – The internet is now the first place that most people look when searching for a cheap flight. Airlines all have their own websites these days, but there are also sites specifically dedicated to finding you the best deals. All you need to do is type in your dates (you can be flexible), your destination and how many people are travelling. It is then possible to sort the results from the cheapest first to make the biggest savings.
Booking online will also save you money due to the fact that many airlines are cheaper online than offline. You will not have to pay travel agent fees and you will benefit from discounts only available online.
Fly On Weekdays – Most people fly on weekends when they don’t have to work or when children aren’t at school, so many airline companies put their prices up to cash in on the fact that many people have no other choice. If you do have the choice, flying midweek could save you money, as well as choosing to fly on the latest flight of the day.
Fly Off-Peak – Similar to the point above, airline companies put prices off at peak times such as when children are on a school break. If you can be flexible in your dates then try to book in advance for off-peak times. You can also try to return on Sundays to get back in time for Monday morning at school.
Return Packages – Buying return flights are often cheaper than buying separate single fares. Some airlines will bump up the prices when selling single fares so save money by finding one that offers a good return deal.
Research – This is something that not all families have time to do. However, a little research can mean huge savings. Check how flight prices change from day to day to make sure that you know where to go and when to buy your ticket. This needn’t take too much time, and will save you stress in the long run.
Different Airlines – Small airlines will often offer you great deals, and they can still be comfortable and enjoyable flights. Do not be sucked in to misleading advertising campaigns of the large companies and remember to give all airlines a try if they can end up saving you money.
These are the simplest methods by which you can hope to save money on your air travel. Plan ahead and you will be better positioned to spot the good deals when they do come up, letting you really enjoy your holiday.
Source by John Nolan