I've mentioned this a couple of times, but I haven't really talked too in depth about it. Me and W are paying for his parents to go on a Caribbean vacation. We wanted to do something nice for them, and they definitely deserve a vacation. I don't think they've gone on a vacation just them two alone (W has a little brother and sister, both under the age of 13) in a very long time.
Me and W have never paid full price for airfare, as I inherited benefits from my dad to where I get plane tickets for really cheap. We've gone on a lot of trips and haven't paid anywhere near full price ever. Us having to buy W's parents tickets has been a scary process.
I've never actually personally had to price out tickets, and it was pretty shocking the very first time I searched for plane tickets. It made me realize why people always seem to be talking about airplane costs and how they're rising and might need payday loan 1 hour funding.
Because of how high the costs are, I have been searching like crazy. I feel like everyone has different tips to save money on airfare. Only buy on Tuesday mornings, don't buy on a Saturday, don't buy at night time. And so on and so on.
Our main plan on attack is that we're having his parents travel on weekdays. We found that the best prices were if they flew their on Wednesday and flew back on Monday. Usually it's best to fly on Tuesday and back on Saturday for the cheapest flights. However, for where they were going, those were actually the MOST expensive days to fly. Saturday was already overbooked and Sunday was getting there. I thought that was interesting because usually Saturday is not that packed, but I guess it will be packed the weekend that they are going there.
I also noticed that when I searched for flights at home on my Mac, that the prices were around $50 to $100 more than when I checked on my non-Mac computer at work. Note to self, don't buy on a Mac. At least compare the prices first and see. $50 to $100 can add up quickly when you are buying airfare for more than one person.
Also, I price checked everywhere. I would look at Expedia, Priceline, American Airlines and Delta all at the exact same time. The prices didn't vary too widely, but it was still something.
What are your best tips for saving on airfare?
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