Whether you are new to travel or a veteran in the game, finding a deal on a destination is always a win. Some deals can be so insane that people become weary on how exactly the deals come about or how they work.
After becoming a firm believer in airline deals myself, I started sharing my secrets with others. I can assure you that airline deals are legit and they are a great way to save money and travel more.
If you still aren’t convinced, let me answer a few questions for you:
Where do the deals come from?
The deals come from the actual airlines. The airlines will discount or drop prices for random fares. However they only discount a certain number of seats per flight. Which brings us to point 2.
Can I buy the deal anytime?
NO NO NO! Since these are only discounted fares, once the reserved number of seats at the price are purchased the prices increase. Depending on how popular the destination is, the price can last a few hours or a few days. That’s why I put up a disclaimer that the deals don’t last long.
How do I find the deals?
There are lots (and I mean lots) of sites that have computer programs that run against airline sites to pull out these discounted rates. I search about 5 different sites almost every day to see what’s being posted. From there I check the validity against a flight search engine, such as Google Flights or Kayak.
I need flights for specific dates, can I do that?
Not really. If you want specific dates, then a travel agent will be able to plan that for you. Flight deals will advertise a certain range of dates but when you actually look for the sale price, they are narrowed down to specific dates. So you have to be VERY flexible.
How can I prepare for the sales?
The only thing I suggest is starting a budget specifically for travel. Once these deals pop up you literally need to be ready to purchase within 24 hours. Since these are flights you will have to pay the full amount up front. Again, if you’re looking for more of a payment plan then a travel agent can help with that.
Can I fly from the city I live in?
Yes and No. Most of the better deals are from major cities like New York City, D.C., Boston, Miami, Atlanta, and LA. The reason being is, these cities have more international airlines that fly from them to their home country. Most times, it still ends up being cheaper to purchase the fight deal plus a domestic flight to the closest major city running the deal, than purchasing a flight from a smaller city. Cheap flights are always available within the U.S. depending on the airline you’re willing to take.
Airline deals are great and can save you some serious dough! So start prepping that travel budget slowly and let’s see the world together.