When there is an economic meltdown, all the industries get affected equally. This would especially effect the airline industry. Because of the economic crisis, it is assumed that airfares will be slashed. But that is not the case. Airline companies cannot afford to reduce their prices because of many reasons such as rising fuel costs and material costs. However, if a traveller chooses wisely, he/she can get the best deals.
Here are a few important points which should be considered before booking the airplane tickets to the US:
Flexibility in travelling dates:
There are certain times when the airfare would reach an all-time high. Some examples would be weekends and the festive season like Christmas, New Year, etc, as people travel a lot during these times. Avoid planning for any sort of travel during this time. Late night and early morning flights during weekdays are cheapest. So book your travel tickets accordingly.
Alternative routes can cut the cost:
A direct flight would be the most expensive option to travel to US. Instead, multiple connecting flights can be taken which includes stopover in smaller airports. Travelling like this would no doubt be a tedious experience but one may save a lot of money this way.
Lookout for discount:
Airline companies often offer various discounts at different points of time. Sign up for newsletters of prominent airlines which keep a track of these discounts, so that you may be well informed about them and you can book your tickets accordingly.
According to http://www.studentuniverse.com, cheap flights are available exclusively for students. Avail of these discounts which are specifically meant for students and youth. Some of these airlines often allow stopovers as well.
Be an early bird:
Booking a flight months in advance can give you a cheaper fare than if you book it the day before you are supposed to travel. So be an early bird and book it as early as you possibly can.
Not all search engines are reliable when searching for flight fares. Go to individual flight websites to get more accurate data. Keeping these points in mind can help you pay less when booking flights to the US.
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