Traveling so often, I’ve devised a little system to help make the numerous tickets more affordable. These tips assume you have already checked Kayak or Yapta for airlines for lowest prices. Here’s what I do:
- Fly during non-peak hours. If you can fly during the middle of the day, the plane will be unfortunately be smaller and older, but the ticket is cheaper, and you’ll have a better chance for an upgrade.
- Buy your tickets on Wednesday at least 2 weeks before departure. A pilot told me once that Wednesday was the day the fares drop and thus far, that’s been true!
- Make the actual purchase on the airline’s website. This way if you mess up on the date or time, you have 24 hours to change it without a fee.
- Pay with Bill Me Later. This line of credit through your PayPal usually offers you 6 months no interest on individual purchases over $99. That way you can take the time to pay for each ticket because they have their own deadlines.
- Stick with the same airline. Don’t settle for a cheaper ticket and use a random airline. Stick with the same ones and rack up miles. If you’re not a frequent traveler this doesn’t apply.
- Save miles for international travel. Whether you rack them up through travel or credit cards, don’t use miles domestically. Gary Leff, the airline saving expert, taught me that. Read his blog and follow him on twitter @GaryLeff for the best deals before you travel.