When planning to use air transportation, please prepare to book at least two months ahead of time. From my experience, the earlier one books, the better the deal is for the buck. Let’s take a look at some “Win-Win” tips for booking air transportation:
- After determining the dates of a trip, the next step is to compare pricing from every airline available. In order to save money, I suggest that you create an account for each airline that you fly with. By doing so you can accrue and store air miles which can be used to purchase flights.
- Use ALL available resources: I use all of these apps and websites to help me figure out the best deal possible: Liligo, Skiplagged, Skyscanner, Hitlist, Google Flights, Kayak, and Momondo.
- Liligo: A metasearch engine that does not sell anything but allows users to compare air travel, but also ground transportation all on one platform. Truly a one-stop shop. Available as an app and website.
- Skiplagged: Mobile app and website that helps you to truly score some clever flight deals. Let’s say you’re booking a flight to L.A but every other direct flight is way over budget. This search engine produces flights that essentially drops you off at the layover location, skipping the final destination for a cheaper flight overall.
- Skyscanner: A travel fare aggregator website and travel meta-search engine and comes in an app as well. It provides options for hotel and car rental searches, however I believe it is best used for flights.
- Hitlist: The app acts as a smart layer on top of existing flight search services, allowing you to search by type of trip (i.e a 7-12 day trip to Europe this summer) providing options and alerting you when there are amazing fares to the places you’d like to go.
- Google Flights: Website that helps you compare and track airfares on hundreds of airlines to help you find the best flight deals
- Kayak: Website and app that searches hundreds of other travel sites at once to get you the information you need to make the right decisions.
- Momondo: Website and app that searches across airlines, travel sites, and low-cost carriers to find the best flight tickets and to direct you, for free to the companies that sell them.
3. The best time to book is early Wednesday morning between 1-5 am. Booking from a Windows PC will likely get you a lower price than booking from a more expensive device like a MacBook. Clearing your computer cache, cookies, and history will also aid you in getting the best price as websites are more willing to lower prices if they consider you to be a new customer.
4. Booking from a library or public place also helps to bring down prices. Weekday flights are cheaper than weekend flights. The closer you get to the weekend the more expensive flights tend to get.
This process takes time and patience, but I guarantee that as a Clever African, you will be satisfied with the results.
Remember, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”
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