5 Tips To Help You Find The Best Rates For Holiday Flights
By DeAnna Taylor
Can you believe that 2019 is almost over? The year literally flew by and if you haven’t already, its time to start booking your holiday travel plans.
Recently, Scott Mayerowitz, the executive editorial director of The Points Guy, give his tips for booking holiday flights, which includes the best way to snag the best prices.
His first piece of advice, if you see a flight that looks reasonable now, go ahead and book it because there is no guarantee that it will go down.
“Yes, maybe the price might come down a little bit… however seats are going to fill up quickly on these key flights,” he said. “And the heartache and headache of constantly searching for the best airfare can drive you insane. And your time and sanity is worth something.”
Here are few additional tips to help you as you plan out your upcoming travel.
Unless you are on a tight schedule, having the flexibility to travel any time of day can save you some money. Additionally, if you have the option or don’t mind traveling a little to catch your flight, consider looking at nearby airports as well.
Book 6 weeks in advance or more
The later you wait to secure a flight, the higher chances are that the price will increase.
“The general rule is you always want to book your tickets at least three weeks in advance. For the holidays, I recommend at least doubling that if not more, particularly if you want a very specific flight,” Mayerowitz said.
Take an international trip instead
Americans are typically heading to domestic destinations during the holidays to see family. Therefore, the number of people actually traveling internationally isn’t as great. This means that flights may be a little cheaper since the demand isn’t there.
If you book basic economy, read the fine print
Yes, basic economy is a God send. However, there are some restrictions that come along with flying this way. We’ve mentioned them in several of our flight deals, but just in case here they are.
You cannot select your seat prior to traveling, you will be limited on the amount of baggage you can bring without a fee, and you will likely be the last to board the flight. They aren’t terrible restrictions, but we want you to be in the know.
Consider taking two one-way flights
We know, we know. The whole point is to keep things simple when traveling. But, sometimes opting to book separate one-way flights, even on differing airlines can save money. Try it out and let us know what you think.
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.