5 Ways to Score the Cheapest Airfares during Peak Holiday Season!

Ah… It’s just about the time when we’re all scrambling to finalize our year-end travel plans. But before you concede defeat to the sky-high peak period airfares, here are some tips and tricks to help you save what you can!

Cheap Flight Tickets 101:

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#1 Skip the Weekends

Yup, there’s a non-peak even within the peak period. The June and November-December holidays are the most popular time for families to travel because it is the school holidays. But unlike their children, parents need to take leave from work, so many like to make use of the weekends to “save” on annual leave. As such, flying on Fridays and Saturdays are the most expensive. If you can, try to fly and return on weekdays (We heard that midweek is the best time to depart). There are also off-peak hours, which are in the middle of the night and early in the morning, between 5am and 7am.

#2 Make a Stopover

Flying directly to your destination can quite costly, especially if it is reasonably far away (like Europe). If you can afford the time, why not do a stop-over in another country? For example, many people transit in Bangkok before continuing to Japan. This way, you get to spend a day in Bangkok, and possibly save up to a few hundred dollars!

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#3 Shop in Stealth Mode

It seems that many flight booking sites make very clever use of cookies to find out your travel planning activities! By catching data on how many times you’ve searched for a particular destination, they can increase the prices of the fares displayed on your browser. This practice is called “dynamic pricing”, adjusting the prices based on the demand. While this is not verified by any airline or third-party ticketing agents, it can’t hurt to play safe and browse incognito. Also, you should open a new private window each time you revisit your searchthe cookies are only reset with every new session.

#4 Land at an Alternative Airport

Some countries have more than one airport, and when that’s the case, there’s usually one that’s a lot more popular than the rest. Typically it’s because it’s more accessible and closer to the city. But before you rule out the other airports, do some research: Most of them will have some form of public transport to take you wherever you need to go. The amount you save on your plane ticket will definitely more than cover that bus or train ticket.

#5 Try Booking Your Group Tickets Separately

If you don’t mind sitting apart, you can try booking your tickets separately to save money. It’s harder to get seats for large groups, so if there are insufficient seats to accommodate your entire party, the booking site will automatically upgrade your seats to the next available class. For example, if there are only 3 seats in Economy but you need to book for 5 people, the site will exclude Economy by default and show fares for Premium Economy and above only.

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