Cheap Plane Tickets and Where to Find Them

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So, I’m guessing you’re here for those cheap plane tickets I told you about.  Be warned that it’s going to take a little effort on your part.  I do not know who these people are out there that keep posting things about how to get free flights, as if you just haven’t found the free plane ticket tree yet.  Nothing is free, people.  If you think something is too good to be true, it probably is.  But there are REAL ways to game the system to save money if you are willing to do your research and stay open minded with your planning.  Below I am listing the REAL ways I save money on flights:

4 Simple Ways to Find Cheap Plane Tickets

 Go where the good prices are

Did you know I was going to Iceland this year?  Neither did I – that is, until I found out there were flights from Cleveland for $340.  Iceland, here we come!

That’s also how I ended up going to Turks and Caicos last year.  I sometimes play around on Expedia to check flights for hypothetical destinations.  During one such instance, I stumbled upon a flight to Providenciales for $329.  My reaction went something like this…”You mean to tell me it’s on $329 to go the Caribbean?  You’re saying I can go to the Caribbean for the same price as some places in the United States.  Umm… count me in!”  Those plane tickets were booked within the hour.

Grace Bay Beach

Buy plane tickets on a credit card with mileage points

I love traveling for free.  Who doesn’t really?  In fact, I really dislike when I have to actually pay for a flight.  What if I told you that you can earn miles from every day transactions you were going to make anyway?  This is the strategy my husband and I have began to take with our plane ticket purchases.  We use our Capital One Venture card for ALL of our every day transactions.  We earn 2x rewards per dollar spent and every 100 miles is $1 towards the price of a flight.  Now, this does not earn us enough points to pay for EVERY flight, but it certainly helps.  We used points for Turks and Caicos, Las Vegas, ½ of Maui, ½ of London, and we’re currently saving them up for Italy.

The catch?  There’s always a catch… no one ever tells you about the catch!!  However, it’s very important.  You HAVE to pay your credit card balance on time.  Do not spend more on your credit card than you have available in your checking account.  I repeat, PAY YOUR CARD OFF EVERY MONTH.  Do not, for goodness sakes, carry a balance.  Why do you think these perks are offered?  They want you to use them so they can make money off of you.  Just be smart and make the card work for you – not the other way around!

Las Vegas

Do not be picky about days and times that you travel

Every one is always trying to determine the exact day of the week and time that plane tickets are the cheapest.  And the answer is that it depends!  What did you think?  The airlines are just going to pick a specific day of the week and time, and then we can all get online and book cheap flights?  Yea, that’s not really how that works.  As with anything worthwhile, it takes patience and a little work.

You should know that weekend flights are often not the most cost effective flight option.  When looking up plane tickets, try different day and time combinations, and see if there are any differences in flight costs.  This was apparent when we were looking to go to Hawaii for a week last year.  Leaving on a Wednesday was about $300 cheaper than leaving on a Saturday.  This is around $600 savings for two people!

Be flexible about times you are departing and layovers as well.  Our cheap Turks and Caicos flight required us to do a 24 our layover in Charlotte, NC on the way back.  In this scenario, we were leaving Turks and Caicos on the Saturday of a 3 day weekend, so we got back home on Sunday and still had Monday off.  A 24 hour layover would not always be our cup of tea, but in this situation it happened to work out, and we were able to get a cheap hotel for the night.  Stay flexible and explore your options folks!  You never know what you might find.

Black Sand Beach

Consider budget airlines

I personally take budget airline prices with a grain of salt.  They offer ridiculously low airfares, but then nickel and dime you for everything from carry-on baggage to seat selections.  So who do I recommend budget airlines for?

  • People who do not mind where they sit on the plane.  Many of these airlines charge you for seat selection.
  • People who pack extremely light… not carry-on only light.  Like backpack as a personal item only light.
  • Shorter trips where you do not need to pack as much stuff, and can fit it all in your personal item.
  • Shorter flights to more easily handle being packed in like a sardine for a shorter period of time.

If you decide to travel a budget airline like this as a couple, and need to pack more than a personal item, consider paying for just one carry-on and fitting both of your stuff in it.

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There you have it.  It’s not a perfect system, but it’s helped me, and perhaps it will help you too! Now tell me. Do I have it wrong? Is everybody out there taking free flights left and right, and I’m the last person to know about it? Please comment below, and help a sister out!

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