How to Save 50% on Airfare Travel

December 4, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

plane.jpgThe beauty of working on the Internet is that you are not bound to a set physical location. You can discover Asia, chill out in the Caribbean, ski in the Alps, and backpack around Europe – all while staying connected online. If you travel often, whether it be for business or for pleasure, it’s a good idea to develop a traveling strategy to cut costs, save time, and minimize stress. Below are some airline tips to improve your chances of safe and happy flying, just in time for the holidays.

  • Be a loyal frequent flyer
    If you travel a lot, those frequent flyer miles can really add up. With enough miles, you can achieve higher status which entitles you to free upgrades, passes, and royal treatment. Some of the airlines even provide exclusive waiting areas for “elite members”. It really pays to take advantage of the frequent flyer programs so be sure to find an airline you like (and one that travels to your most important locations) and stick with it. You can also earn miles by applying for and using an airline sponsored credit card which will provide even more benefits and rewards. If you’re looking for a recommendation, I’m a frequent flyer with Continental and I have already earned 2 free passes from New York to San Francisco in the past year.
  • Timing is key
    If you want to save money on airfare, it’s important that you either plan way ahead (3 months in advance) or wait until the very last minute. Also, a departure and arrival day between Tuesday and Thursday will oftentimes get you the best results in terms of lower cost. Play with the settings and see what you can find. I like to use Farecast to help me plan my airfare booking.
  • Location matters
    If you plan on traveling to an obscure village in the Amazon, you’re probably going to have a tougher time finding traveling accommodations. When booking airfare, it may be worthwhile to first travel to an international hub. For example, if you want to go to France from South Dakota, you might have better luck by going to a major hub like New York first.

If you are lucky enough to have the freedom of working as an Internet entrepreneur, why not take advantage of the traveling benefits? Use the above tips to save on airfare. Also, Virgin America is partnering with Digg and is running a “buy one get one free” promotion for select flights. The deal expires this Friday so make sure you check it out if you plan on traveling soon. Happy flying!

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6 Responses to “How to Save 50% on Airfare Travel”

Jeff on December 5th, 2007

Nice! If it can’t be free, it might as well be half off. Good pointers.

Nick on December 6th, 2007

I think that you could add some “scams” too in order to game the system. How about arriving way early around the holidays to collect free tickets from bumped flights?

Josamp on December 7th, 2007

If you are Canadian and live close to a border you can easily save 50-60% by departing from a U.S. airport. Savings are larger now because of the exchange rate but people have been using border airports for years. For a consumer report check out rport/

Jerlene on December 9th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

I wanted a frequent flyer card but I realized I don’t fly frequently.
I always wait to see price wars on the news to buy my tickets. The offer usually expires quickly and you need to fly soon after purchasing the tickets but the wars are so good I don’t care.

Smile Travel Insurance on June 7th, 2010 Subscribed to comments via email

I think that you could add some “scams” too in order to game the system. How about arriving way early around the holidays to collect free tickets from bumped flights.This post is really very appreciable. your post is very advantageous for me and very good. Thanks a lot.
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