Never book your flight on Fridays
Friday is the most expensive day of the week to buy a plane ticket. Customers are strongly advised to book plane tickets on a Tuesday because they were most likely to find a bargain.
Who flies Where?
Be sure to find out who flies to where and when. A comprehensive research would most likely help you avoid multiple flights to your desired location. The fare is definitely cheaper when it’s a straight route, than when you would need connecting flights to your destinatination.
Straight to the Source
For live and up-to-date fares, go through the airline’s site directly. Even when you are not sure of the airline’s official site, you could always go through Google.com.
Good Agents = Cheap Fares
Sites like this can be useful – you can put together packages including hotels and hire cars that are financially protected.
Or go Compare
Price-comparison websites are the easiest way to find the cheapest fares but they can also be misleading. This is because they may not be up to date, and they may replicate the many preferences that an individual might have – to check in baggage, for example – and because they can’t reflect all the different booking fees that might be charged for using different credit or debit cards.
Midweek, outside the school holidays, at unsociable hours etc, and use filters on booking that allow you to search for cheaper fares on the days before and after your ideal date.
Hand Luggage = No Pay
Be sure to measure and weigh all luggage – cabin and hold – before you leave home and make sure it is under the limit for your airline. Penalty charges for breaching the limits can be staggering.
Search the nook and cranny for extra payments
Some sites try to tempt you into booking insurance (which you may already have) and other extras (a new cabin bag, for example). You need to be careful to remove from the online booking form any extras you do not want.
Debit Card – Best Payment Option
It is usually cheaper – though you won’t have the automatic financial protection against airline failure that you get if you book a fare with a credit card.