Hack The Friendly Skies

waiting-for-flightsThe cost of air travel is going up, and airlines are counting on us not to notice. That leads all of us to search for ways to save money when we fly. Here are some common travel hacks to help you avoid airplane humiliation.

  1. Know your booking sites. With Kayak they let you compare to the big guys like Orbitz, Expedia, Booking.com, etc…but don’t forget about the other sites like CheapOair, Airfarewatchdog, Skyscanner, and Google Flights. Of course, you should always check the airline’s website directly, and local regional carriers.
  2. If you are a student, there are many, many discounts available to you. Use a student travel agency to find the best rates available. One popular student travel agency is STA Travel, which covers a broad range of travel services (hotels, airfare, tours and train passes).
  3. It’s cheaper to fly when no one wants to. And this means at the least popular days and times. Most people need to fly home on Sunday afternoon to get back to work or school on Monday. But if you have more flexibility, why not save and come home off-peak hours? Tuesdays and Wednesdays are typically the cheapest days to travel.
  4. Search other destinations and buy a connecting flight (known as the “hacker fare”), where roundtrip fares are cobbled together from one-way flights on multiple airlines for a lower price.
  5. Choose your airline carefully, as baggage fees can vary greatly—from $25-$100—depending on the airline you are flying with. To avoid the check-in baggage fee, try to squeeze more into your carry-on baggage and personal item.
  6. Sign up for frequent flier rewards programs, even if the flights are a little more expensive. You’ll make up for it in the long run with free flights.

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