How To Save Money On A Flight
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How can I save money on airfare?
There's no doubt that travel can be pricey. When you're traveling as a family, you have to account for airfare and accommodations for everyone. The good news is that there are ways to make plane travel less expensive. Here are a few ways to help you save on travel.
- Be flexible. We realize this option isn't for everyone, but if you can move your departure date by a day or catch a later flight rather than an earlier one, you can find better deals. Use a travel search engine or a travel agent to help you find these deals.
- Book your flight mid-week. Specifically, flights tend to be less expensive on a Tuesday or Wednesday. The next least expensive flights tend to be on a Monday or Thursday. Invariably, weekend flights departing Friday through Sunday are usually the most expensive.
- If you can, book your flight during the off-season when less people will be traveling. For many locations, this may mean avoiding travel during the summer months – June, July, and August. A good way to double-check what time of the year is less expensive is by consulting a travel guide or travel agent for your destination.
- Sign up with an online travel newsletter. That way you'll know when good deals come around. Online travel newsletters like Travelzoo.com, and many of the travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity, will notify you of low airfares, last minute specials, package deals, accommodations and more. Family-Friendly Vacations (www.family-friendlyvacations.com) has a travel newsletter full of current deals geared just for family travel. Major search engines like Orbitz.com also has gives subscriber information on family travel specials.
Helpful Hint: There's an added bonus to booking your flight mid-week or off-season. If the flight is empty enough, you can have the whole plane row to yourself – more room for everyone, baby, and all your stuff!