Reports by the United Nations world tourism organization indicate that international tourist arrivals increased by a 4% last year to reach a record high of 1 billion plus. These same reports have also predicted that this level of international tourist arrivals is most likely to be experienced in 2014 as well.
Normally, when making flight reservations, there are numerous things which should be taken into consideration some of which you [just like most people] might not be aware of. Topping the list are extra fees associated with flight bookings. Although there are usually many fees that you might be required to pay, Good news is, there are also several ways to keep these costs low & manageable.
For a chance to save a significant amount off the flight reservations (especially if you fly frequently), consider the following
i. Plan in advance
Planning in advance in this case simply implies choosing the best timing. Take note, taking time to plan in advance serves as a guarantee to save a significant amount of money when finally making flight reservations. This should be very easy since some airlines e.g. British airways start their ticket sales as early as 11 months before the actual date of travel. Other low cost airlines on the other hand, normally sell tickets at discounted prices throughout the low season. Usually, the further in advance you book; the cheaper you’ll get your ticket.
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ii. Consider all available options
First off it is very important to take time and then engage in a detailed analysis of the flight reservation rates for different locations especially if you are based in an area where there are very few airports. While doing this, it is advised that you take into consideration the total cost of getting to and from the airport your flight will departure from. It is also equally important to inquire in advance how much it will cost you to book a hotel once you get to your destination of choice [that is assuming you are lying out of the country].
Sometimes airlines usually have special offers for minors, for instance, British airways offers discounts for children passengers under the age of 12. Take note, low cost airline usually do not provide any discounts for children passengers. Travelling during the low season serves as a guarantee to enjoy reduced rates not only on air fares but also on accommodation and other things. This is very good news in case your travel schedule is flexible.
iii. Carry out and in-depth Independent Research
Carrying out an independent research is by far the most important aspect in getting hold of / taking advantage of the best flight deals. This is because it helps you familiarize yourself with all the basics of flight reservations such as the high and low season [including airfares during both seasons] as well as flight deals and offers provided for by specific airlines and when they are set to run. In addition to the above, details from your research about the bets flight deals will also make it much easier for you to make comparisons in the end choosing the best flight deals and offers from what is available at the time of your travel.
iv. organize yourself properly to avoid paying extra fees
In case you are not aware, it usually costs more money to reserve flight seats compared to contacting the airline and then paying for the last seat which is available. In short, book your flight at the right time since it will help save you the trouble of having to pay any extra fees. Also try as much as possible to reduce the amount of luggage that you have. Hand luggage is the best when flying since it will allow you to save on both time and money taking into consideration the fact that its handling will be easy and you won’t be asked to pay any extra fees for the luggage.
Next time you are planning a trip, take the following details into consideration in order to get the best deals on flights. Take note, the above discussed tips will not only help you get the best flight deals, they equally serve as a guarantee to save a significant amount of cash.