4 Ways to Cut Your Costs When Traveling by Air

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You will often hear that jumping in the car and taking a road trip is cheaper than flying to your destination. And in some cases this may be true, for example if you are traveling in a group and you can split the cost of gas with a group of people.

But sometimes air travel is unavoidable. If you are short on time, you may not have hours to spend on the highways to reach the city of your choice. And of course, some destinations can only be reached by plane (driving from California to Hawaii just won’t work).

The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your airfare expenses and related costs. Here are four tips worth using.

1. Book your flights in advance

Sometimes you will get a good deal by booking a flight at the last minute. But often, waiting until you’re a few weeks away from your trip will result in higher airfares.

If you know when and where you will be traveling several months in advance, consider booking your flights then. Some airlines post their flight schedules up to a year in advance, so you should have plenty of options to secure your plans well ahead of schedule.

2. Avoid holiday weekends

It can be tempting to travel on holiday weekends to take advantage of the extra day off. But you’ll almost always see higher airfare prices on holiday weekends than on regular weekends. If you can avoid traveling during these times, you may spend less to get where you’re going.

3. Travel mid-week

Generally, there are more flight requests on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays than on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If your work schedule is flexible and you can travel mid-week, you could significantly reduce your airfare costs.

Many people are working remotely these days and can do their jobs from anywhere. It may be possible to fly to your destination on a Wednesday, work remotely for a day or two, and then only take vacation days for a long weekend.

4. Use a travel rewards credit card

Booking a flight with a travel rewards credit card will not necessarily make that flight cheaper. But your credit card may include built-in perks that end up saving you a lot of money.

Many travel rewards cards offer benefits such as free checked baggage on flights. These days it’s common for airlines to charge $30 or more for each piece of luggage, so it’s a good way to keep your costs down, especially on multiple flights. You might also qualify for discounts on in-flight purchases. And while your travel rewards card makes it easier to earn bonus airline miles, you might also end up scoring a free flight at some point.

Air travel has become quite expensive and it has become more difficult to close deals on flights. But if you follow these tips, you may be able to save a lot of money when you travel by plane.

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