Flight travel deals are available, but not many in-house tourism staff offer them before you ask them first. So if you want to get best flight deals, you will have to do some research yourself. This article will go a long way in helping you get started in this direction. These basic tips are available to everyone (ie they do not require "internal communication" to achieve good results).
1) Book in advance. So basic and knowledgeable, I almost feel guilty offering it as advice. Nevertheless, it can save a lot of money. Book your flight one month in advance, optimize your discount. Book your flight the previous week, expect to pay bonuses.
2) Do not fly during regular working hours. Airline flight is a supply and demand business. If you insist on flying between 8am and 5pm – if the number of seats available is minimal – then plan to pay higher prices. Red-eye flying – with plenty of space available – can significantly reduce your ticket cost.
3) Check prices for flights to / from an alternative airport. Sometimes you will get a better deal by going to a larger metropolitan area rather than insisting on a flight departing from your local "community" airport. On the other hand, Los Angeles, for example, knows that going to one of the smaller airports – NOT KNOWN as LAX – can save them mucho dinero.
4) Ask the airline to adjust the price of your ticket to reflect the current price they charge – YES, that is, since ticket prices have fallen. Few people do or even know about it, but airlines will adjust the price if you ask for it. Just don't expect them to do so without your first encouragement.
5) If possible, do not park your car at the airport. Parking fees accrue quickly – and may even offset any savings you may have made through other money-saving efforts. I once went to Hawaii when I was just fresh out of high school (about 30 years ago … sleeping!), And after returning to Denver two weeks later, I was paid all the time for parking. in excess of $ 100, leaving the four of us who traveled home with nothing but coins in our pockets and steam in the gas tank by the time we had completed our 300-mile journey home from the airport. Obviously, parking at the airport is not always possible. So at least consider the cost of parking when planning your budget.
6) Try to fly out of season. Granted, flying to Hawaii for the Christmas holidays sounds very appealing if you have several feet of snow in your home, but flying in there can be much cheaper. For me, first of all, Hawaii was very nice in July – especially with the extra money on the Mai-Tais beach.
7) Check package deals. Sometimes you can save a lot of money by buying a package deal, in which you buy a flight, a motel room, and possibly even a rental car in one "package deal". You could even board some extras, such as luau (Hawaii) or Broadway show (New York).
8) Big discounts. Sometimes organizations or communities organize trips for their members, saving each individual money on the deal. Senior communities usually do this, for example, on trips to Las Vegas.
9) Check with the aggregators. These outfits – collectors – will compare several airlines and travel agencies at the same time – you will find the best deal from all the places they search. Of course, a traveler can't check ALL travel destinations, so try some collectors and then try to go straight through the airline that the collectors thought was the cheapest. Going directly to the airline of your choice, you may get better discounts through frequent flyer programs, not to mention the possibility of bypassing travel agency fees (though they are minimal).