For all travelers, airline tickets are one of the biggest travel costs. Here are some tips to get pricing:
1. Check out Hopper.com, a new Canadian company. They are one of the growing numbers of tech start-up’s that use “predictive analytics”. There goal is to use complex software and algorithms to assist travelers in finding the best prices. If you give this a try, please send me your feedback in how successful it was via email at the SoloTrekker4U.com Contacts tab.
2. Travel gurus have often tried to predict timing for best prices looking at available data rather than software analyses. I followed this advice for Tues and especially Wed airline bookings for cheapest fares to SE Asia roundtrip. The result? Overnight my chosen flight had increased by $400-$500. The bottom line? If you see the right route/price, don’t wait since it may be fully booked before you get there at any price.
3. If you rely on frequent flyer deals, read all the fine print. Besides possible blackout days, the number of “reward” seats on each flight is likely limited. In addition, even with miles, upgrades to Business Class may require an extra payment.
4. If you arrive at the gate with a designated number for an upgrade, be aware as I found flying to Australia that my priority of number 7 was quickly surpassed by more frequent flyers.
5. Certain ports of entry may be more expensive. For example, flights to London and Paris can be more than those to Budapest.
6. Check out pricing on all the major sites, such as Expedia and Priceline. Then see what your selected carrier is offering directly.
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