August 13, 2009

Save on Flights - Simple Tips That May Save You Money

Simple tips and strategies that can save you 50-80% on your airfares to Thailand.

Use Credit Cards

Use credit cards that offer reward points for large personal and/or business related expenses. These costs are inevitable, so capitalize on them and make this a habit. If you have large expenses, this alone should get you at least one free round ticket a year.

Purchase Tickets Far In Advance

Purchase your ticket 3-6 months in advance or last minute. If you have more than one flight to choose from, pick one that leaves extra early or very late. Aim for both departure and return dates between Tuesday and Thursday. These flights are less popular and usually have a lower price tag.

If you are not a fan of long-term travel plans it can get expensive if plans change. You can buy your tickets in the last 3-6 days prior to your target departure date. Empty seats have a $ 0 value as soon as the plane takes off. Real last minute seats are very cheap.

Compare Many Airlines And Routes

Just like any bargain and discount shopping, you will get the best results if you take the time to look around for cheap flights. Use orbitz.com first. Fix the departure and return dates between Tuesday and Thursday.

Then also look at prices for alternative departure dates each of three days into the future and into the past. Then repeat this step for return dates, using the cheapest departure dates to find the cheapest combination. Check this price tag against the fares on the website of the airline itself.

Bid And Subscribe

Begin bidding on priceline.com at 40-60% of the better of the two price tags, working up in $ 50 increments until you do get a better price or you realize it's not possible. Subscribe with airfarewatchdog.com and receive emails on the best daily airfares.

Cheapest Moments to Fly

One way to find cheap flights, is booking outside the tourist seasons. The same also goes for e.g. rentals, hotels, resorts. The tourist high season is from end of November-April. The main disadvantage is that off-seasons are also largely rainy seasons and the hottest seasons.

Buy Separate Tickets

Consider buying one ticket to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport and then an ongoing ticket with a cheap local airline if you fly within Thailand. Inland flights are cheaper in Thailand than buying them with a travel agency in another country.

With a little time invested, planning and research, finding cheap flights to Thailand is not impossible. Whatever it takes to come to Thailand, do it. These tips and tricks should get you here, even if you are on a tight budget. The internet allows us to do a lot of research and price comparing from the comfort of our homes. Use it!

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