Monday, June 7, 2010, AM | 10 Comments
The price for airline tickets fluctuates a lot. I think we all know that. Like so many other things in life, it’s a question of supply and demand.
The basic theory of economics is that in an open market, prices are usually set by supply and demand.
If the supply is the same but the demand is higher, the prices would tend to be higher. The reverse is true as well. Supply remaining the same, if the demand is lower, the prices then would tend to be lower.
Therefore, during holiday seasons, the demand is higher so the prices are higher. There are other times you must consider for getting possibly a cheaper ticket.
If you follow the below tactics, you would most probably end up with a cheaper ticket:
Include Saturday Night
Airlines often offer significantly lower fares when a Saturday night stay is included. Remember that you are still entitled to a discount, as long as your plane is scheduled to depart after midnight on Saturday.
Use the same carrier
Use the same carrier for your whole trip. Staying with the same airline for all the legs of your trip tends to be much cheaper than using multiple airlines.
Fly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday
These days are less popular with business travelers and are therefore cheaper.
Book as early as possible
Airlines tend to increase their prices as seats fill up. The fewer seats available, the higher the price will be. Discounts are usually available for 21-, 14-, and 7-day advance ticketing.
Avoid traveling during peak holiday periods
Fares are higher during the holiday season, as more people travel at this time. To avoid the crowds, travel on the holiday itself such as Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day.
Check for discounts
Check to see if you are eligible for any discounts. If you are a senior citizen, a student, or sometimes even a specific credit card holder, you may be eligible for discounts.
Flexible travel plans can often result in very good deals. Check out alternative airports and timings for your flight to obtain the best fares.
Consider alternative methods
Courier companies and driveaway companies are great sources for cheap transport. They provide the transportation in return for carrying a package or delivering the vehicle to a certain destination.
Consider traveling during the “off” season
Hotels, resorts, and cruise lines offer large discounts for travelers who can travel in off peak periods. Lower occupancy rates during these times provide you with bargaining power. Use it.