The airlines are fighting to stay in business and deeply discounted air fares are about on their way out. However, there are some ways to get a cheap flight so that your vacation does not become a staycation! Aaron Smith, a writer with CNNMoney.com presented five ways to fly on the cheap.
1. Fly during the slowest days of the week.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the slowest flying days of the week for business travel so demand is low, and so are the fares.
2. Fly during the slowest time of the year.
Fall is the best time for cheap flights. This ranges from Labor Day until Thanksgiving.
3. Fly to popular destinations at unpopular times.
My husband and I went to Orlando in September and Disney World wasn't crowded at all!
4. Buy during the cheapest times of the day.
Airfares change three times a day as airlines periodically lower prices to fill up flights, after midnight and early mornings are the best time to purchase a flight. On the weekend, the best time to check is early Saturday morning and again at 5 p.m., when the industry is most aggressively trying to fill seats.
5. Buy a travel package, even if you don't need it.
Packages are sometimes cheaper than the airfare alone, especially for last -minute sales, where the airline is just trying to fill seats. I was able to get 2 airline tickets to San Diego and a car using "lastminute.com". This was a super bargain because, though I didn't really need the car and didn't use it much, the price of this package was less than the fare offered for 2 tickets on Southwest. Last minute.com is a featured site on my online travel booking site, Your Imani Travel.
So, be creative with your options for now, because believe me, airlines are going to raise their prices and discount fares may become a thing of the past.