Come on! Admit it.
You’ve been thinking about taking a last-minute, random trip to that place you love.
Or perhaps you’re getting your long-range vacation plans in order for the summer.
Think about it … Walt Disney World, the Caribbean, California or maybe even Europe.
But maybe you’re holding back because of the ever-rising, cringe-making cost of airline tickets. Makes you want to say ‘ugh,’ right?
Well, Physicians First Messages is here to remind you that if you do your homework, you just might be able to save yourself some money when flying the friendly skies.
In case you didn’t know, there’s a plethora of factors that determine airline prices, including when your flight is and how many seats are remaining. It’s the reason why passengers on the same flight, and same class, pay different fees.
Here’s a couple of pointers:
First and foremost, timing is very important and you should always try to buy your tickets well in advance. At the very least, purchase them six weeks prior to the departure date. Not only will you get seats of your choice, but you’ll almost certainly get the cheapest rate. It’s true, you can wait to the last minute to get a cheap rate, but there’s a lot of risk involved in doing so.
Second, always check different airlines for different prices, or check flights to your destination for different dates. Also, check the rates as often as possible … the day after you first look, the following week, even a few months. Then you can see if your results for your specific date are a good price.
Next, once you think you’ve got a good deal, book it, for the price could go up in the next day … or even hour!
If you choose, by the way, to use a travel agent, he will not charge you a commission because the fee is already in the ticket price. The advantage of using an agent is he will know the ins and outs of getting a reasonably priced ticket, not to mention save you some time.
Finally, your flexibility can help you get the cheapest rate. Traveling during the week will almost always get you a cheaper ticket, as will being willing to endure a layover.
We all need to get away to the places we love. Physicians First Messages says ‘go for it,’ but encourages you to follow the aforementioned steps to help keep some spending money in your purse or wallet.
CEO & Founder @ Physicians First Messages, Inc.
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