10 Ways to Save Money on Flight Bookings

If you are planning a vacation outside India, you may probably be wondering about ways to get budget-friendly flight tickets. After all, overseas flight tickets are too expensive, especially for solo travellers or people having tight budgets. In case you are one of those people, here are some tips that will help you to save your time, effort, and money when booking your next flight.

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10 Tips to Book Budget-friendly Flight Tickets

Planning a trip involves a lot of things like booking accommodations, buying an overseas travel health insurance or domestic travel insurance policy according to the destination, flight bookings, etc. Many of you may assume that flight tickets are affordable during the off-season, but that is not entirely correct. Below are some tips for searching, comparing, and booking economic flight tickets: 

1. Use Incognito Mode for Flight Searches 

When you search a specific flight online, your browser stores your cookies and browsing data. It means your search engine has all the details like flight route, the number of passengers, and the journey date for which you are searching a flight. This data is shared by the airline and travel booking websites who will hike the price of the particular flight tickets seeing the demand. But you can avoid such a situation by using an incognito browser when searching for flights. It will block those websites from saving your cookies and browsing data. Hence, your last searches are not tracked and you won't see hiked flight fares.

2. Be Flexible in Your Travel Dates

Planning a trip involves a lot of thinking and time. We suggest you to be flexible with your dates. Avoid travelling during festivals like Holi, Diwali or Christmas, as the flight fares will be slightly higher than usual days. Similarly, try to book tickets midweek as the ticket fares are comparatively lower than the weekends. 

3. Choose Local Airlines for Domestic Travel

To travel within India, you must prefer local airlines for air travel. While searching, some websites or apps may not show less popular routes or local airlines for domestic travel. We suggest you to visit local airline websites and check their deals too because sometimes they offer lower fares than popular ones. Additionally, do not forget to buy domestic travel insurance for financial protection against any unforeseen situation like medical emergencies, loss of baggage, flight delay, etc. during your trip.

4. Use Social Media Deals for Booking Flights

It is possible to avail amazing discounts on flight bookings using social media. Follow the social media pages of your favourite airlines. They usually announce their flash sales, promotional deals, coupon codes, or a last-minute ticket sale at unbelievable prices. Also, you can check your debit card/credit card, shopping applications like Amazon or Flipkart, UPI payment applications like Google Pay, Paytm, etc. for any offers or coupon codes. Hence, keep an eye out for any offers running on social media.

5. Utilize Your Air Mile Points 

If you are a frequent traveller of a particular flight, it is possible to reap the benefits of air mile points as a loyal customer. The name of a frequent traveller of a particular flight is enlisted on the loyal customer list and can help you gain extra mile points while travelling to domestic destinations

6. Search Flight Ticket Fare for a Single Person

Whether you are travelling with your family or a group of friends, do not make the mistake of searching for multiple tickets on a flight search engine. Instead, search for fare for a single person. This is because airlines eagerly wait to sell the tickets at the highest price possible and when they find multiple tickets together, they quote their highest price. 

7. Avoid Direct Flights

While travelling abroad, look for connecting flights instead of direct flights. Booking a connecting flight guarantees you a lower price and is very convenient for your long-distance travel schedule. Sometimes, you also get lower flight tickets when you pick alternative routes. Therefore, decide the flight type according to the place you are travelling to and book connecting flights instead of direct ones.

8. Compare Air Tickets in Different Search Engines

Gone are the days when agents use to send travel itineraries and book tickets for you. Now in a few clicks, you can plan an entire vacation sitting on the couch at your home. Using a single flight search engine does not guarantee you the lowest flight price. So, we suggest you to try different flight search engines instead of just relying on one. Do not forget to open the browser on the incognito mode before searching on websites likes Make My Trip, Google Flights, Tripadvisor, Expedia, etc. Here, you can search, compare and choose the best flight within your budget. 

9. Book Budget Airlines

Budget airlines offer significantly discounted air tickets than premium airlines. These economical airlines are perfect options for those who have tight budgets. Keep an eye out for hidden fees, and also set fare alerts. It will notify you of the low-price hours and hence, you can choose the best budget travel flight for your trip. 

10. Book Your Tickets in Advance 

It is advisable to book your domestic or international flight tickets at least 4-6 weeks in advance. Usually, budget airlines display their offer price as a baseline price, and this cost keeps on increasing day by day. Therefore, it is always the best option to book your flights as soon as you decide your destination. Along with this, buy domestic travel insurance or overseas travel health insurance to stay protected against any unforeseen financial loss in case of medical or travel-related adversities.

Summing It Up

Flights tickets are a major expense of a trip. So, make sure to consider the above-mentioned tips for saving money on buying flight tickets. But before you book your flight tickets with a budget airline, look into their safety record, maintenance issues, the frequency of on-time flights, and customer reviews & ratings. Moreover, plan your trip carefully and cover it under the best travel health insurance policy to secure yourself against any medical emergencies faced during the trip.

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