- Flight prices are highly contingent on the season-consider going during off-peak season.
- Be flexible on departure times. Afternoon flights can be more expensive.
- Flights are usually cheaper during mid-week travel.
- If possible, check alternative itineraries by altering the leave and return dates; Monday-Wednesdays are usually the best departure days.
- When buying tickets for extended travel, look into buying an open-ended ticket and thoroughly evaluate the airline's policies regarding changing ticket return dates.
- When flying into large cities, check flights coming into different airports for cheaper alternatives.
- If you are considering buying specific country flight passes (such as the Boomerang pass in Australia), keep in mind that often they can only be bought from the United States.
- Check airline hubs for cheaper flights, however, sometimes non-local airlines offer deals to entice potential customers.
- Before purchasing a ticket, be sure to find out about the cancellation, exchange, and refund policies. Think twice before purchasing non-refundable tickets, or consider buying flight cancellation insurance.
Online Travel Search Engines
Although somewhat less predictable than using a travel agent, booking online may save travelers a considerable amount of money. Online agencies may offer less customer support than the personal service given by a travel agent, so remember to read the fine print.
Check out these sites:
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Great listing of travel deals for students
A great site that searches multiple airlines consecutively
Flying within Europe
Consistently good prices for certain European destinations
offers inexpensive round-trip fares to and from Ireland
inexpensive flights in the UK and Europe
deals focused around Britain and Northern Europe, but also includes other locations
Finds and compares all inter-European Airlines
Flying within Asia and the South Pacific
Cheap flights in and around Asia
Finds and compares all Asian Airlines
Flying within South America
Travel deals for flights within South America
Flights all over South America
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