Thinking about traveling for the holidays? Experts advise to plan ahead and book now if you want to get an affordable ticket.
After many families were forced to cancel their holiday plans in 2020 due to the pandemic, airlines are anticipating more travelers will be traveling this season.
If you planning to fly, now is the time to consider booking. Here are a few tips to to get the best airfare prices.
The Earlier the Better
Travel experts advise that the best time to book travel is in the season opposite of when you plan to use it. Thanksgiving, Christmas flights or New Year’s Eve travel? For the best savings, book 4 months prior. Plan ahead for the best savings.
According to a 2021 survey by CheapAir.com, the best time to purchase plane tickets for a domestic trip is 64 days before your departure date. Seasons most definitely make an impact. CheapAir.com revealed that the cheapest flights were found 67 days prior to a summer trip, 94 days prior to a winter trip, 84 days prior to a spring trip, and 89 days prior to a fall trip.
Don’t wait until the last minute to book! It’s a common misconception, but last-minute fares are mostly a thing of the past. Always book at least 30-45 days in advance whenever possible.
Peak Travel Days
Also consider, not booking on the peak travel days. The busiest travel days are usually the Friday before the holiday and the Sunday or Monday after the holiday. For better prices, book outside those peak days or fly on the actual holiday itself. Flying on off-peak days like Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays is often much cheaper. Avoid busy travel days like Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays when you can.
Flexible Policies Can Help
Booking ahead always leaves the travel uneasy as to the what if’s. If you are nervous to book holiday travel in advance possibly because of a coronavirus surge or a personal schedule conflict, airlines have an option for you.
United, Southwest American and Delta airlines have added flexible change policies.
Travelers can book now and cancel if need be later. Each airline’s policy is different. Prior to booking, be sure to read the carrier’s cancellation policy for the fare you choose prior to booking to see if you get a refund to your credit card or an airline credit for a future flight.
It is important to note that some discount airlines have returned to their strict pre-pandemic cancellation policies. Before booking, make sure you to check their rules as to avoid frustration down the road should a need arise.
Clearing the Cookies Myth
There seems to be a myth that your computer’s cookies might possibly cause you’re your ticket to be more expensive. Experts say that simply is not true.
There is no need to clear your cookies on your browser with plans to out-smart your system to obtain the best price. Experts explain that if you see a change in fare during different searches, it is possible that other passengers booked flights between your searches, which causes the price of the remaining seats to increase. Or, possibly a new fare went into effect.