I’m a little bummed because we probably aren’t taking a vacation this year because A. We’re buying a house and B. We’re having a baby. I wouldn’t give up either of these major life events for anything, but I still wish we had a money tree so that we could also try to visit someplace new. I love everything about traveling, from packing to staying at hotels, to sightseeing, to enjoying new cultures. The good, the bad, the awesome, it doesn’t matter. I’ll take my chances for the opportunity to explore a new part of the world, or, heck, even a different part of Illinois!
In addition to going on a trip, I love all of the days leading up to the departure, starting with shopping for flights (or other modes of transportation). Call me crazy but I LOVE looking for travel deals. Sure, I love bargain shopping (obviously) but the thrill of the hunt when it comes to shopping for inexpensive travel? Nothing beats it!
If you’re going to be booking a trip anytime soon, here are 11 of my favorite travel hacks that will hopefully help you save big the next time you are shopping for cheap flights!
Tips for buying cheap flights
1. Book your flight on a Tuesday
It has long been said that flights are the cheapest to book on Tuesday afternoons and the most expensive on the weekends, though I recommend comparing flight costs over a few different days, starting about 8 weeks before your trip. You never know when a flight will be the cheapest and you don’t want to miss out!
2. Travel on Tuesday, Too
Not only is Tuesday the best day to book your flight but it is also the best day to travel, too! Business travelers tend to travel on Mondays and Thursdays or Fridays. People going on weekend trips tend to travel on Fridays and Sundays. This leaves Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday as the three days that you are most likely to find the cheapest flights.
3. Subscribe to flight alerts
If you don’t want to check your favorite travel websites day-after-day looking for flight decreases, subscribe to flight alerts that will let you know whenever cheap flights are available to your chosen destination. Check out sites like Airfarewatchdog.com or Yapta for cheap flight alerts.
4. Flexibility can be rewarding
Not having a specific date in mind for your trip can help yield big savings, as you can book your trip around when prices are the lowest. Some weeks are cheaper than others, as are some seasons. Flexibility can go a long way toward booking a cheap flight!
5. Travel during the off-season
If you’re heading to a vacation destination, prices are going to go up during specific seasons. For instance, you’re going to pay big bucks to fly to Florida in December or over spring break, but flights at most other times of year are pretty affordable. The same thing goes if you are traveling abroad. Last year we traveled to Costa Rica during their rainy season and not only did it not rain at all during the day but we saved money on our flights and accommodations because they typically don’t get as many visitors that time of year.