With holidays approaching and temperatures dropping below zero degree, it is time to think about that relaxing vocation you always wanted to take. Where do you want to go? Ibiza for a party? Peru for site seeing or perhaps North Africa to escape the cold? Wherever you decide to go, you will need to book your ticket. By far the most convenient and easiest method of travel is flying. Since we don’t have wings, you need to buy your tickets online. Sounds easy so far; but what if you make a small mistake online, like this Dutch teen did and instead of Australia went to Canada?
Fear not! Here is a list of things you should consider before hitting the submit bottom and buying your ticket:
Book ahead of time & mind the spelling
Always book ahead of time, and by ahead of time we mean months, not days. Prices tend to go much, much higher at holiday season and as it gets closer to the departure date. So unless you want to pay the first class price for your economy, book in advance! Also be mindful of spelling errors, they can cause a lot of problems (including ticket cancellation) at the airport so triple check everything before you finalize your purchase.
Set up an Alert system in multiple sites
The best way to find cheap tickets is to be notified when they first appear online. Many websites, Google included, have such system in place. Don’t just do it in one site, do it in multiple websites and you will find the cheapest flight in no time. It may seem like a lot of work at first, but the difference is a few hundred dollars in saving.
Read the fine print: the “Cancellation Policy”:
This is by far the most important part of online flight purchase. Pay attention to how their cancellation policy works. Call them if you have to but do all these before buying the ticket. You do not want surprises when/if you have to cancel due to an emergency.
Some Prices are too good to be true
It happens to all of us. There is one ticket in between all others that is so much cheaper than the rest. In most cases there is a catch; either there are many layovers, or you have to pay for the rest of the ticket at the airport or it is simply a ticket with no guarantee seating. If you want to buy it, read and read again to make sure these conditions do not apply, then call them and also do an online search and see what others say. Only and only then choose your flight and get ready for your trip.
Best of luck choosing your vocation and stay tuned for more information on where to go and what to do in your trips in a series of articles that will follow from now until the end of this month!