It isn’t just a coincidence that the best time to travel also happens to be the most expensive. Once infamous as blackout days, holidays and high travel season dates always see a jump in price, but if you want to find cheap all inclusive holidays then you need to take into consideration a few important facts. Jumping on your computer and typing in a destination at one site is not guaranteed to get you the best deal, no my friend you need to be a little more clever than that to one up the the big airline company so you can save some pennies and earn some pesos.
The days of last minute deals are fading fast; as airlines struggle to stay profitable they have lowered the number of incoming and outgoing flights, which means less empty seats. What does that mean to you the traveler? It means shopping fast, buying early, and exploring around for low prices. There is a multitude of travel sites willing to help you find the lowest price, but be smart when shopping around.
Be flexible. You know that + or – 3 day check box often available, use it. Some sites will give you a calendar of price changes based on leaving a different day or using a nearby airport. Sometimes even being more flexible and playing with the dates outside just 3 days can end up saving you hundreds of dollars. Additionally, often in larger cities you will find a smaller airport that you can fly into that has a better deal. These smaller airlines tend to have fewer options but if it just so happens to be your destination then you can take advantage and save a lot of money.
Weigh the cost benefits. I am enjoying my time in Tokyo right now for half the cost that most others will, why? It is because I flew in a week early. Is the money you save more than the money you would be earning if you worked those days? Promise your boss a souvenir and a postcard if it means saving a few extra dollars, if they don’t agree ask for a raise or holiday bonus as an alternative, I’m sure they’ll come around. 😉
Take into consideration other countries’ holidays too. It may not be a holiday for you but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a major holiday in the country you’re traveling to.
The airlines are a business, and they know you need to get home for the holidays. If you must travel during this time then be smart, shop around and be flexible. If all else fails there is always Skype.
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