February 2016

Club Traveler

4 Ways to Land a Cheaper Flight

Have you made your travel plans yet for this year? Get ready to save some cash on airfare.

Today’s “On the Fly” column helps you travel smart and save money when booking airfares. Already reserved your vacation stay, but haven’t purchased plane tickets yet? This post is for you.

Set a Reminder Seven Weeks Out

Plan ahead by setting a reminder to purchase your plane tickets. Buy them 50 to 100 days before your vacation for the best deals. To narrow that window down a little, research by Momondo reports the best time to book fares is around seven to eight weeks prior to departure.

Book Airfares on Tuesdays

According to a recent report by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation, booking on a Tuesday will save travelers money. “Booking on a Tuesday with at least three weeks’ notice offers an average savings of just more than 5 percent, or $28—a slightly better proposition than booking the same tickets (with the same amount of lead time) on Wednesdays or Thursdays,” stated the report.

Discover Discounts

Most services have a field for coupon codes to be entered at checkout. To discover if your airline or third-party booking site has any coupons you can use, download the Honey Browser extension. Once installed, the extension’s icon will pop up on your web browser’s toolbar. Then, when you’re about to complete your airfare purchase, click the Honey button and any available coupon codes will be applied to your shopping cart.

Search Google Flights

Try searching Google Flights to find the cheapest airfares. Just like its regular search engine, Google Flights aggregates results from many sources and takes you to those websites to book. But it also provides several helpful features for finding the lowest fares, like highlighting the cheapest fares in green and displaying tips that tell you how to save money. Click here for more info about using Google Flights.