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Save to soar: 5 ways to score awesome deals on flights

At any hour of the day, there are about 61,000 people flying in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Let’s face it, one of the biggest challenges in planning a trip is getting that perfect flight for the best price. For college students, this is especially difficult because that $100 difference in price can make or break a trip. Not to fear, here are five different ways to save money on flights.

  1. Google Flights

Google flights allows you to track a flight’s price. It sends you updates when the price has gone up or down. This is one of the best ways to find a good deal on a flight. Also, if you are procrastinator, Google Flights can help you out by alerting you to those cheap seats airlines are trying to fill in the nick of time. Flight prices are constantly fluctuating, but this trick can save you a ton of money.

  1. Pack lightly

Costs start adding up when you check bags or bring more than one carry-on. Airlines such as Spirit allow you to get flights at the bare minimum cost without carry-on or checked bag fees. If you have to check a bag, weigh it before you get to the airport so you don’t have any unexpected charges. Taking only what you need can be difficult but is well worth it in price.

  1. Pass on seat selection

Sure, no one wants the middle seat in the last row of the plane. However, not picking a seat ahead of time can help your wallet stay fat. If you can bear waiting five more minutes to get off the plane, then why not? Plus, the middle seat is the best seat to make friends during the flight.

  1. Avoid holidays and vacation times

If you can avoid flying out during holiday seasons, you could save a ton of money. Also, keep in mind that flying can be pricey in the summer when students are on vacation. If you can manage a trip in September, when most people are back in school, you can get a much better price.

  1. Take the scenic route

I am going to keep it real with you, direct flights are the best thing ever. I can honestly say, I do splurge on this when I can. Sadly, direct flights can be 100’s of dollars more than a connecting flight. Connecting flights can sometimes take twice as long as a direct flight, but if you aren’t in a hurry, take the scenic route. Layovers can turn into little adventures of their own.

Information for this article was gathered from https://www.ustravel.org/answersheet, https://www.flightcentre.com.au/travel-news/travel-news/25-interesting-fun-aviation-facts-never-knew

 

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