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Debunking the myths about booking cheap tickets
Euro trips, Caribbean getaways, and luxurious resorts in Southeast Asia are all vacations we dream of having, so we pull our savings together to make these dreams come true. While we’re saving up, we believe that we have become experts on finding the cheapest available flights. People are constantly searching for ways to find cheap airfares, booking itineraries ahead of time, perusing flight comparison websites, and enrolling in points programs. Truth be told, there are so many myths out there concerning cheap tickets that don’t necessarily get you the best deals. It’s time that we debunk these myths so that you don’t burn a huge hole in your wallet.
1. Flights are cheaper when you book them six months in advance
When Airlines Reporting Corporation conducted a study on ticket bookings, they showed that earlier isn’t always better. Out of the $82 billion worth of bookings, they found out that flights were around 6 percent cheaper when booked six weeks prior to the flight because that’s when airlines are extending deals to fill empty seats.
2. The most affordable travel deals are from budget airlines
A blog post on Parking4Less reveals that cheap flights tend to have hidden costs. For example, flying into a regional airport instead of an international one would mean extra transportation costs, since international airports are more centrally located. Thus, in the long run this isn’t always the cheapest option if you then have to spend a lot of money in cab fares to get to your resort.
3. Children can fly with you at no extra cost
This rule may apply for domestic flights, but SmarterTravel.com says that international airlines will ask you to pay 10% of the adult fare.
4. Flights are cheapest during Tuesday nights
The phenomenon of purchasing the most affordable tickets in the middle of the week is unfounded. In a study conducted by Texas A&M University, researchers discovered that tickets for the same flight, bought on different days of the week, cost 5% less when they were bought over the weekend.
5. You always have a choice between booking a one-way or round trip ticket
Carriers are now starting to offering one-way tickets that are cheaper than round trip itineraries. But keep in mind that some countries will refuse entry if you don’t present a round trip ticket. This forces you to purchase a return flight on the spot, and last minute bookings can be quite expensive.