Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tips On How To Get Cheap Airline Tickets

By Bruce Wiley

If you fly frequently, consider joining a frequent flyer program.

You don't always buy the cheapest ticket since frequent flyer programs can offer long-term discounts. There are free tickets that you will eventually qualify for and once you factor these in, you could end up saving money. This strategy is especially helpful for those who often fly overseas because just imagine how many trips to Singapore it would take to accumulate enough frequent flyer miles just to get a free domestic ticket.

Checking the websites of the airlines

Try not to restrict yourself to the major airlines. Some regional and national carriers offer cheap airfare. For instance, cut-rate airfare to Beijing might be offered in China Airlines.

Try checking online travel agencies

Travel agents can often offer you cheaper rates than airlines because they are able to purchase tickets at a discount by buying in bulk from the airlines.

Try to be flexible

Cheap airfares are often available only on certain days and require you to stay a certain minimum time.

Try the small agents in ethnic enclaves.

For example, if you want a ticket to Japan and you live in a big city, then go to Little Tokyo and check out the small agencies. Little Italy is what you could check out if you want to go to Rome.

Should you book in advance?

Book tickets in advance because they are normally cheaper than last minute purchases.

How about buying an air courier service?

Companies that buy your luggage allowance in exchange for discounted tickets are called air courier services. Although they are the cheapest tickets available, they are usually reserved for international travel. But one thing to remember is that a carry-on luggage is what you may only bring.

Why you should become a student.

Getting you lots of places cheap would be an International Student ID Card.

By cleaning toilets and mopping the deck, you can offer to pay your way aboard an unregistered cargo plane (for the adventurous ones only, and bring along a parachute and you can stop anywhere you like).

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