Even though I usually fly for free, my most important goal is always to pay less than average. There are a few tricks to get on board with the “below average” group. Here’s how I find the best flights. First, my goal is never to pay bottom price, but simply to pay less than average. My post Let Your Credit Cards Fly You For Free explains some of the principles to get you started. Paying less-than-average money for above-average travel experiences is also the first goal of travel hacking I teach in my Travel Revolution class.
Be Flexible If You Can
Flexibility in travel dates is common knowledge these days – as long as I can avoid the vacation and holiday rush, I’ll have the best odds to save significantly on airfare. I usually get the best deals by planning my departure and return between Tuesday and Thursday. Other days tend to be popular with people taking an extended long weekend, and are therefore more expensive.
Don’t Book On The Weekend
In addition, the day on which I make the reservation itself appears to make a significant difference as well. You can certainly use that rule to your advantage, even if you’re, for whatever reason, bound to travel in school vacation periods. Most travellers book their vacation when the entire family is at home: weekends and evenings. The airlines take advantage of this by inflating their ticket prices during peak “booking” times. Usually, I’ll end up paying (much) more for the same ticket booked on a Sunday afternoon compared to booking that ticket half an hour past midnight on a Tuesday or Wednesday night later that same week.
It’s almost like the stock market: prices go up and down, and there are graphs to be found online that show historical pricing for airlines and destinations. I research those religiously and use them to my benefit. There are even online services available that will monitor airfare, and send alerts by email or text message of any changes. I’m prepared to act quickly if I see a fare that interests me – it can go up again in a matter of hours, and might not come back down. While there certainly is a pattern to the prices that repeats roughly every week or month, the highest and lowest point on that cycle can fluctuate significantly.
Fly For Free: The Course
Let’s See The World, Differently: Upgrade your experiences with flights, hotels, free trips – it’s all inside. I share step by step how I implemented the travel hacking principles from my book The Freedom Project. Using screen recordings of my own accounts, I show you exactly how I go about booking free airfare, getting upgraded in hotels (including Las Vegas) and how I’m currently able to get a free Bahamas trip every year.Travel Revolution
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Wilko van de Kamp Author
WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca