Many people need to be able to travel quickly and inexpensively. The quickest and most efficient mode of traveling is by air. As a result, there’s a demand for inexpensive, last-minute air fare. Sometimes people have business or personal emergencies that just can’t wait.
Airlines have heard and responded to this need. There are now more domestic US air carriers offering very low fares, including for international flights and even for last-minute reservations. This is good, because last-minute bookings used to always be more expensive.
If you need to travel without much notice, you’ll find that your rates are even lower if you can reserve midweek. This is a big savings point. It’s also very helpful because emergencies don’t often wait for weekends.
Direct, quick travel may not be an option, however. Remember that the least expensive flights often involve some plane changes and stopovers.
Some airlines even give discounts to travelers who fall into different groups. For instance, students and senior citizens can often get a discount on their flights.
Check with your travel agent about purchasing a package deal. You can often find a combined deal that gives you a great cost on both airfare and hotel accommodations. Plus it is easy and efficient. Why not use the easiest way to travel, when it is also the best value?
The type of reservations you make also will affect price. If you book a one-way ticket this is going to cost a lot more than a round trip ticket usually. Check auction sites, because sometimes you can find really great deals. Also call your travel agent, especially if you travel frequently. Agents will take care of their best clients, and if you travel frequently they will try to get a good deal for you.
You’ve probably heard of frequent flier cards and miles. If you travel on the same airline, get a frequent flier card, and let the airline track your miles. You will earn points toward discounts. You can also check online via travel discount sites, many of them list discounted fares.