Believe it or not, right now is the time to be thinking about buying a plane ticket if you will be traveling for Christmas. If you are flying for Thanksgiving, you may have already missed the optimal time to get the cheapest flight possible.
But don’t worry! Keep reading for more information on how to get a deal on a plane ticket any time of the year.
When to buy tickets
Plane tickets are almost as bad as gasoline when it comes to fluctuating prices. The cost of a ticket can change day to day and even hour to hour.
However, pricing tends to follow a certain pattern. CheapAir.com did a study and found that prices are the lowest about 49 days – or 7 weeks – before the travel date. For Thanksgiving and Christmas travel, shoot for making your reservations 14 weeks out.
How about the best day to buy a ticket?
Conventional wisdom says mid-week prices are cheapest and some rate studies seem to bear that out. FareCompare.com even nailed it right down to the hour saying the best prices are available at 3pm on Tuesdays.
If you aren’t sure whether plane ticket prices have bottomed out yet, check out Bing’s price predictor tool which can help you decide if it is time to buy or wait a little while longer for the price to drop more.
Airline fees that can add hundreds
When you are shopping for a plane ticket, don’t make the mistake of assuming the ticket price is your bottom line. In 2012, airlines collected $27 billion in fees on top of ticket prices.
The cheapest airfare might end up costing the most if you book with a carrier that is nickel and diming you with a boatload of fees.
Watch for these additional charges that may not be included in the quoted price:
Other tips to save money on plane tickets
Finally, as you are shopping for plane tickets, keep in mind these tips that can save you hundreds.
Flying can be expensive but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a deal. Use these tips to score discount plane tickets for your holiday travel or any other time of the year.
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