“Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.”
I agree with this quote because we live in a wonderful world so learn to travel and see the beauty and charm of other cities, provinces and countries. Have some adventures in life, seek to see and experience things up close and personal. Do not stay or live in one place.
I cannot deny that travel means expense but nowadays, you don’t need to be rich just to travel because there are so many ways to travel cheaply.
Living in the Philippines which is an archipelago, we always need to fly out to visit Visayas, Mindanao and of course other countries. In order to save money, I need to look for cheap airline tickets.
I’ll be sharing with you how do I save for airfare. Here are the 8 Ways to Score Cheap Airline Tickets.
1. Watch Out for Seat Sales
My number one on my list is watch out for airline seat sales, I cannot stress enough but you can really save money if you are able to buy promo ticket.
I remember when my son was in toddler years, I really wake up before 12AM so I’m ready to book when 12AM strikes. Airlines are offering P1 sale or FREE seat, we’ve been to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for only P2,145 Round Trip for 3 persons.
How can you watch out for seat sales? Follow the social medias of different airlines such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to their email updates to keep you updated with deal alerts.
2. Visit Travel Expo
Visit Travel Expo, if you don’t like waking up early, you don’t have a reliable internet connection or you don’t like booking online. It is like a one stop shop where airlines, resorts, hotels and travel agencies offer promos, seat sales and discounts. But you need a lot of patience to fall in line.
3. Enroll in Airline Frequent Flier Program
Whether you are a frequent traveler or not, take advantage the frequent flyer program of different airlines. Membership is free and you can earn miles by flying or staying in partner hotels.
We were able to book Business Class ticket using our Mabuhay Miles when we went to Cebu.
4. Use Credit Card
Credit card companies are also offering airline promos and discounts by using their credit card to book the airfare. Some companies are offering buy 2 and get one free. Some companies are offering installment too.
We also earn miles by using our credit card. Credit Card Points to Mabuhay Miles.
5. Fly with Budget Carriers
If you are not picky, book your tickets on budget airlines like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. These airlines also offer membership program where you can also earn points or miles.
6. Book One Way Ticket
Don’t always book round trip ticket especially if the price is steep. Whenever there is a seat sale, I make sure that I will only book the promo fare so most of the time, I will buy a one-way ticket and wait for another seat sale or check other airlines.
When we went to Cebu 5 years ago, I book Manila to Cebu and Cebu to Manila in two different airlines.
P499.68 - Manila to Cebu (via Cebu Pacific) 3 persons
P1561 - Cebu to Manila (via AirPhil) 3 persons
But there are times buying round trip ticket is much cheaper, so just mock book to compare.
If there are no seat sales and you need plane tickets, book the cheapest days or times. The cheapest days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Avoid expensive days like Fridays, Sundays, Holidays and Peak Season.
The cheapest times are flights at dawn and red-eyes. I don’t mind flying as early as 5AM if the fare is cheap. When we went to Japan, I chose the earliest flight because it was the cheapest rate, fare difference of $50 dollars per person/way.
8. Use Booking Platform
Sometimes looking for a cheap airline ticket is very stressful because it takes so much time but now with the help of booking platform like Traveloka, the work will be easy. It is available on your desktop or mobile phones.
Booking platform is a great tool to search for cheap airfare because you only need few clicks and you can see, compare and book airline tickets. It will save you time in comparing cheap flights from different airlines. Aside from that, you can also book a hotel at a competitive price.
Care to share your tips in booking cheap airfare.