Below are some useful tips when searching for
the lowest airfare. Please keep in mind you’re your own Travel Agent
when making reservations online, so we thought you would need a
little lesson in Travel 101.
Stay over a Saturday night
When searching for the lowest fare, staying over a Saturday night
will usually provide the cheapest rate. Airlines have held to this
rule for as long as we can remember. They assume that a business
traveler is more likely to book a return flight before the weekend
so they can be home with the family. With leisure travelers, they
assume if they need the cheapest rate, they can stay over a Saturday
night. This is not always the case in all markets, but is a requirement
on most fares. Just remember that if you are provided with an unusually
high quote, check your dates and make you have meet the Saturday
night stay requirement.
Book in advance
Depending on the cities you are traveling
to and from, the advance purchase rule will vary. In general, most
airlines require at least a 14 day advance purchase for the lowest
fare. In some markets it can be as little as 3 days all the way
to 21 days. Making travel arrangements with less than 7 days advance
purchase will, in most cases, provide the highest coach fare in
that particular routing. If you are flexible, alter your travel
dates until you find the lowest fare available.
Price will vary depending
on the number of seats to sell
Airlines offer a certain amount seats at one price and so many at
another. As the plane fills up with passengers, the rates will increase.
If you have met some of the general requirements noted so far, then
you may need to alter your travel dates for the lowest fare.
Travel on one airline
When selecting your travel arrangements, please use the same airline
for your departure and return flights. Sometimes this is not always
possible because one airline may not service your departure and
destination city. In this case, our reservation will search for
the lowest rates whether on one airline or three. When traveling
over seas, you will not always be able to travel on the same airline,
this rule does not always apply to international travel.
Days of the week
Traveling on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturdays are typically the
cheapest days to travel. If you are flexible in your travel dates
you might try altering your dates to meet these days, this is not
always the case. The best thing is to play around with your travel
Everyone knows that Holidays are busy times of the year and is the
same case when traveling by air. If possible, avoid traveling around
holidays. Traveling on the actual holiday (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas,
etc.) are usually available. Most travelers do not like to travel
on the actual holiday. Traveling the weekend before Christmas is
likely to be booked which will cause fares to be higher. If you
are planning on traveling for the holidays, the best thing to do
is book your travel well in advance. Some of the most popular destinations
during holidays are Florida, California, Hawaii, New York, and Mexico.
Just like holidays, there are destinations that many people prefer
to travel to during particular seasons. Summer is considered peak
travel times for Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe. These destinations
are likely to average a higher airfare then if you traveled during
the fall or winter. Many people we hear from will say, "I just traveled
to Europe in October and only paid $300.00, why is it $700.00 now?"
Airlines realize that during certain times of the year more people
are flying to certain destinations, knowing this they will increase
prices to turn a higher profit. Keep this in mind when making your