After lots of exhaustion and research, we’ve discovered some ways to cut costs and wanted to share them with you!
- Fly anytime except Christmas and the holidays. Unfortunately we can’t always take this first step, since a few years ago we had to travel during Christmas for a family occasion. But if possible, try to fly during off-season times. If you’re traveling to a country that has seasons reversed from the U.S. (e.g. summer is in December, January and February), so much the better! Flights can drop during the wintertime if fewer people are traveling.
- Experiment with round-trip vs. one-way tickets.Because we have relatives in different countries, we at first thought of buying a round-trip ticket from the U.S. to Country A, then flying from Country A to Country B, and then returning from Country B to the U.S. Bad idea! It was actually cheaper to buy a one-way ticket from the U.S. to Country A, fly round-trip from Country A to Country B and then back to Country A, and then buy a one-way ticket from Country A back to the U.S. Confused yet? You’re not the only one!
- Look into rewards programs. If you’ve squirreled away enough miles on a particular airline, you can really save on a trip by applying those miles to your next destination. It’s one extra hassle to coordinate your flights and make sure they all take place on the same airline, but the savings are well worth the effort.
- Use travel sites like Kayak.com to monitor price alerts. If you have a general idea of what your tickets should cost, you’ll know a bargain when you see it.
- Get your passport photos at a slightly discounted rate at Costco. Thanks to my parents for pointing this one out!
If you have another traveling tip to add, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to add your own tips on frugal air travel in the comments.