The economy at present may be unstable but the desire and dream to travel remain zealously strong and brawny for good and pleasurable reasons. In travelling, what often matters is how well you manage your travel budget and how you enjoy each place you visit at minimal spent adventures. It is often how you use your innate traveler skills that would create a better and memorable trip. To play your cards right by spending less will lower the hindrances that will separate you from the culture you have traveled to experience. Start by knowing the basics in availing cheap tickets for your dream destination.
To help you keep your dream vacations affordable, here are 6 thrifty ways to stretch your travel budget by finding means on availing cheap tickets in any country you visit:
1. Subscribe to airline sites for free email updates
With the site subscription, you’ll get pinged when prices fall and receive some excellent deals. Email subscription to airline sites will regularly allow you to check promo rates on airfare thus cutting bigger amount on the cost of your airline tickets. You may also bookmark sites that compare prices and alert you via e-mail if a selected fare has changed. One site I have used personally is travelocity.com when I traveled to Hongkong.
2. Go INCOGNITO
There is always an option to go incognito in your current webpage for a consistent airline pricing. A number of airlines would keep track of your IP address that will alert them that you have already visited and checked for their online prices thus the more often you visit the site, the more inconsistent the prices rise.
3. Take the Red-Eye
An overnight or late-night flight on a commercial airline will usually offer you discounted rates. You may also fly very early or very late since the first flight of the morning is usually the cheapest , the next-cheapest flight times are during or after lunch or past dinner time. This is primarily due to the supply and demand, it is going to be more expensive to fly during a convenient time like around10 a.m. than in the middle of the night at 11 p.m.
4. Follow the six-week Rule
Book 42 days in advance. According to studies cited by The New York Times and the Airlines Reporting Corporation, most international flights have been at the cheapest rates six weeks in advance of the time of travel.
5. Travel Off season
During months when a certain destination see a lower volume of visitors, they respond by lowering ticket prices so to attract tourists.
6. Look for the best search engines
You have to search for as many flight search websites as you can to further ensure you are leaving no stone unturned. Several search sites don’t list budget carriers because those airlines refuse to pay a booking commission. It is therefore important to check a few more sites before you book, as you’ll often see differences and variations in prices, and you don’t want to miss or fall short on deals. The best search engines are the ones that have no affiliation with any airline and those that make their money via advertising and not through bookings.