Airline travel is becoming more and more expensive due to the high cost of fuel. However, finding great flight specials is not as difficult as you think. Keep a few important guidelines in mind and you might find great deals.
It is important to research travel and airline newsletters regularly, as this is one of the foremost ways in which flight specials are advertised. It is a good idea to check airline websites regularly as well to find flight specials not advertised in the newsletter.
Rewards programmes are another good way to uncover great flight specials. Many reward programmes offer a sustained discount for a period of time, while others offer a price cut once certain criteria have been met. Some reward programmes offer points, which may be redeemed for flights, or other products.
Being flexible about your travel arrangements, might also result in finding great flight specials. Research different flight times and flight dates to find the best possible deal. This is not always possible when travelling for business, but it is worthwhile to structure your holiday around the cheapest flights available.
If you are not able to find a discounted flight, you might try to lower the cost of your journey by choosing a low-cost airline, where you don’t pay for extras. Stay within baggage restrictions (usually 15kg for domestic flights and 20kg for international flights) as excess baggage costs are extremely high. Some airlines, especially in the United States, charge a baggage handling fee. Check with the airline before you fly, to make sure there are no nasty surprises at the airport.