Wish you could travel more but think it’s too expensive? Nathaniel Boyle has devoted his life to travel and will school us on finding cheap flights.
There are so many air travel booking sites now, Expedia, Travelocity, Hipmunk however the prices are all about the same. Nathaniel recommends booking directly through the airlines. It’s often cheaper and can offer more protection than booking through a third party. It’s much easier if you need to make a change to your itinerary and some low cost carriers like Southwest only offer direct sale.
The most important thing when buying a cheap ticket is time. When you buy your ticket, the time of year you’re planning to travel, and the days of the week you choose to fly on. The best time to buy is on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Those are also the best days to fly. Off season will always be cheaper. Orlando over a holiday will always be expensive. Flying to Europe in March is cheaper than flying in July.
Nathaniel uses Kayak as a baseline to see what they’re selling it for and then play around to see what you can do to get a lower prices than that. But don’t over think it. If you see what looks to you like a great deal, jump on it.
Rome2Rio is another great resource. It tells you how to get from point A to point B for the least amount of money via air or ground travel. SkyScanner and Google Flights with give good over views of pricing. The travel time may be longer but if you don’t mind connections, they can save lots of money.
If the thought of pulling the trigger on the ticket makes you sweat, check out Flyr. It tells you the likelihood that your flight price will go up and down. Data nerds like Andrew love this site.
I’ve actually listened to Nathaniel’s show from day one and it’s great. He has excellent tips and terrific guests. Check him out.
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