People often ask me how I can afford to travel so much or how I plan my multiple trips without going broke. The truth is, travel costs, especially flights can add up. You may think we’re doomed to book expensive flights with algorithms and smart systems in place by airlines. This can’t be further from the truth. Are you finally ready to hear the inside scoop? This article spills the beans on the top travel hacks being used by the pros to score cheap trips and how to save money on flights in 2023.
If you take away one thing from this, remember, when it comes to finding cheap flights, the key is using the right travel tools.
For example, I use WayAway – the app that gives you cashback on all travel deals to book my cheap travel. I won’t lie, this app has become my best friend. It’s just one of the tools that makes it easy to save money and can help so you aren’t running around, doing all this hard work that won’t payoff.
I teamed up with the awesome folks at WayAway and we did some serious digging to confirm the top money-saving tips . These were shared in a fun and informative webinar I did for The Nomadic Network. Be sure to check it out if you’re curious HERE.
We covered these topics in the webinar on how to save money on flights in 2023, which I’ll share here:
· When to book flights for 2023 travels
· Tips for finding cheap fares on flights
· How to figure out cheaper destinations to visit
· How to earn while traveling
Now, let me help you travel cheaper and more in 2023.
First, let’s talk about those famous myths:
No Particular Days Of The Week Are Better Than Others
Who thought it was cheaper to fly on Tuesday or book on Sunday and planned their travel around this?
Sure, this could have been true in the past. With airlines using dynamic pricing strategies, factors such as seat availability, season, departure time, and the popularity of the route all get factored into the cost for a flight.
Incognito Does Not Help
Some people are still searching for flights incognito or using someone else’s device / another device when they finally book.
Device You Use Makes No Difference
I’ve heard of travelers who use a cheap phone or laptop because they’ve heard they will get a cheaper flight price this way. However, there is no concrete evidence to suggest that this approach will guarantee you a lower price.
We’ve all heard about these myths and I can admit, I’ve done some of these myself when searching for cheap tickets too. We all want to save money! But you don’t actually have to be doing this and you shouldn’t. It’s really annoying and a lot of work.
WHEN TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHT
Do you know how many days in advance you should book your flight? We’ve all heard it before, the sooner we book, the better, but booking too early doesn’t mean cheaper flights.
So how far do you actually book? It’s not 6 months, It’s not 3 months, it’s less than that but not the week before.
For example, booking 90 days before a flight means there won’t be many options on sale as airlines aren’t pressed to fill a plane. This means your ticket could actually be more expensive.
And waiting until the last minute hoping for a last minute deal will limit your flight options. Which could result in you paying the highest price.
Check out this image below for when to book based on season for the cheapest ticket price.
For spring (March – May) , it’s best to book 40 days before for the cheapest ticket price. In the summer (June – August), autumn (September – November) and winter (December – February), it’s 20 days before your flight as these are the sweet spots.
WHERE TO GO & WHEN MATTERS
I can’t be the only one with a travel wish list. By knowing what destination is cheapest to visit and in what season can save you lots of money. This can also help you visit those destinations on your wish list and beyond.
From the US, these are the destinations to visit for each season.
Spring – March, April & May
I highly recommend all of these destinations above as they are great to visit. So, if these are on your mind, then spring is the cheapest season to visit.
Summer – June, July & August
The UK has one of the highest tax costs to depart per person so it’s cheaper to fly into the UK and fly out from any other European city.
Fall – September, October & November
Where should you be visiting for the cheapest travel in the fall? In Autumn, you can save money on flights from the US to France, Spain, Greece and Italy. These are the countries to check off your bucket list in fall.
Winter – December, January & February
Plan to visit Europe in September as the summer travel peak season has died down among all European destinations and be sure to book your tickets in June. Data shows us that you could be saving 18% on your trip by doing this.
For suggested European itineraries, visit my “How To: Organize A Euro Trip” Article.
AIRPORTS CAN MEAN SAVINGS
You could also be saving yourself quite a bit of money by driving to a nearby airport and not just using the one closest to you.
For example, it could be more cost effective to book flights to Europe departing from;
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- Los Angeles
From the US to Europe, the cities mentioned above have the cheapest airports to fly from. So if you live close or in any of these US cities, you’re in luck!
The example above has the prices to go to London from both Pittsburgh and New York. It’s the same date, same destination and the difference is $439 cheaper if going from New York opposed to Pittsburgh.
I do this all the time in the UK when I am traveling back to the US. I search for flights from London and Dublin. These cities sometimes help me save money on flights and it’s not difficult for me to get to these from Manchester.
The best part about using nearby airports, it can double as a mini road trip too.
PAY FOR BAGGAGE EARLY
Let’s chat about luggage and luggage fees. Did you know that only 10% of domestic travelers and 43% of international travelers buy luggage with a flight ticket?
Data shows us it’s better to buy luggage when you book your ticket. Purchasing luggage after the fact can have flight ticket costs adding up. For one way, airlines charge an average of $87 for domestic and $108 for international flights. Double those costs for a round trip ticket and you’re adding a lot on top of your original flight ticket price.
SET UP PRICE ALERTS
Everyone knows that airfare prices are constantly changing. So how do we catch THAT day when the ticket price will be the lowest and have us save money on flights? If you know the destination and date of travel, leveraging price alerts can be handy in booking the cheapest flight price.
WayAway, for example, has an app with a special price alert subscription that allows you to find the lowest flight price. Simply, select the city, date and create an alert. As soon as the price drops, you will receive a push notification so that you may buy the cheapest ticket.
You receive your WayAway price alert notification. Should you book? Absolutely! And here is why:
If the price has gone down, in 67% of cases the price will increase so it’s best not to wait.
If the price has risen, you may think it will drop again but in 53% of cases, after a price increases, it will continue to increase.
GET WAYAWAY PLUS SUBSCRIPTION
I’ll let you in on a “secret”. Smart travelers, like me, are earning real cash back while they travel using WayAway Plus. How do you think I travel so much? Unlike other travel platforms that work off a points system for booking future travel on their platform, Wayaway Plus allows you to earn cold, hard cash on all your travel bookings. This includes flights but also accommodation, car rentals, tours, travel insurance and so much more.
I’ve spoken at length about WayAway Plus. Check out the full article HERE.
Aside from real cashback, see my quick notes on some of the other reasons I love WayAway Plus:
WayAway has worked with 200 local experts across 100+ cities to create the ultimate local travel guides.
It’s like having a friend who lives in the city or is from the city you are planning to visit. A friend who is sharing the top places to see, their favorite hidden gems and the tips to best navigate their city.
24/7 On-Call Travel Experts
The WayAway plus membership also offers 24/7 on-call travel experts. They are better than your regular degular customer service team. Sure, they will check on your flight time but they will also help you find the perfect/cheapest route for travel. And that’s not all. They can point you to the best terrace restaurants in Marrakech or romantic date night ideas in Greenwich. I should know as I’ve asked for these and received really amazing recommendations.
Price Map Feature
If you are like me, always looking to get away when you have days off and flexible with your destination, then you will love the WayAway Price Map feature too.
It’s super simple to use. Enter the destination you would leave from and the map shows flight costs for destinations around the world.
For example, here you can see that if you wanted to travel to Valencia it could cost you $523. But flying to Madrid is $404 and you could enjoy even more sights on the 2.5 hour train to Valencia.
Regardless of a budget, traveling is achievable for everyone. You just need to know how to save on flights and book tickets that will have you earn money while you travel. All you need is a desire to travel, the knowledge to travel smart and the right tools.
I wish you cheap trips in 2023 and real cashback using WayAway Plus. Now all you have to do is pick your season, destination and pack your bags.
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