If you’re one of those who frequently travel on a budget, one of the processes involved is making sure you get the best deals in flight tickets. As long as you have a good Internet connection, booking a flight ticket should be straightforward, right? But wait! There’s also plenty of research to be done to make sure you don’t end up paying for more. Perhaps these five secrets might help you be a smarter budget traveller.
1. Subscribe to email alerts and e-newsletters from your favourite airlines
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. There are those airlines that flood your email inboxes with one-too many email alerts and e-newsletters. I myself get fed up of it, too. Then again, it’s one of the many ways to help us travellers stay up-to-date with what’s happening at the airline. On occasion, there may be some offers that catch your attention.
2. Have the appropriate credit cards in your wallet
If possible, use a credit card affiliated with the airline. That way, you’ll earn additional miles or points. Some even offer registration bonuses and other offers.
3. You don’t always have to be a loyal customer
What? Okay, let me elaborate. If you have a loyalty card, know when to be loyal. As a customer, you also have a right to compare prices. After all, there are plenty of comparison sites for you to check out the difference between one flight ticket and another, for example. Sometimes, booking a ticket that costs extra can be worth it when you can earn bonuses or points from your credit card.
4. Fly off-peak season
One of the ways to be a smarter budget traveller is to take advantage of when there is a reduced volume in travellers. Flights are often cheaper, and nobody likes to rush through a sea of humans at the airport. This is unless you’re crazy enough to cause a commotion at the airport. Hotels would offer lower rates, making a hotel stay more affordable than usual.
5. Ditch non-stop flights, if possible
Some of us prefer non-stop flights; others like to have a transit. This, of course, also depends on a number of factors. Besides getting the opportunity to stretch your legs, be comforted that it’s good for your wallet.
For many of us, travelling on a budget is an option. With the growing number of low-cost airlines, travelling is easier. Even then, it never hurts to be a smarter and well-informed budget traveller. Are you ready for your next budget flight?