BEFORE YOU GO
Book your flight far enough ahead of time for the best price deal
Usually this means booking your ticket 7 weeks to 4 months ahead of time. Also keep an eye on special deals. Try to visit airline websites from time to time to check for offers. Another thing you can do is sign up for price alerts with your email, so that way when the price drops, you will be notified.
Open Airline Websites in Private Browsing Mode
When looking for deals online on Airline Websites directly, make sure you are doing it in Private Browsing mode. This will ensure that you get the best deal. Otherwise, every time you open the website, you will see an increased price, and the minimum increase is usually by €10, which might be £10/$10 for you.
Purchase 2 or more Tickets
This is probably the best way to save a lot of money. You can usually save €100 – €200 or much more just by doing your own research and booking your own separate flights. It is time consuming, but in my opinion very worth it! You should keep in mind that the gate closes usually 30 minutes before boarding so when you arrange your following flight, you have a smooth stress free itinerary. Usually there will be a quick security check too that you have to go through.
Purchase & Fly out on Tuesday or Wednesday
This is another great tip that really works for me. Purchasing flights mid week will guarantee you get the best deal. You will also find Mid Week Special deals on airline websites sometimes. I’ve come across a few and I posted them here on my blog and they were on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Flying out on Tuesday is also usually the best ticket deal, sometimes it’s Monday or Wednesday but most of the time Tuesday is your day.
Purchase a Speedy/Priority Boarding front seat or a seat in the first few rows
I highly recommend this especially if you are booking your own separate tickets. You can be assured to be the first one on the plane and first one out too, in case you have a connecting flight. The front seats are the best because you have amazing legroom. Booking seats in rows 2 and 3 is fine too. If you have a connecting flight that you have to make, don’t go for the window seat, get the aisle seat. Also to be able to take advantage of the Priority Boarding, you do have to be one of the first people in line waiting for boarding.
Get a Window Seat
I’m surprised they don’t charge more for the window seats, because what you get is seriously priceless! Window seats are for those that have a serious case of Wanderlust. It’s a great way to see new places and take photos while travelling.
Schedule your own layover
If you are going to have a layover, and you are booking your own tickets to save money, then you can be in charge of your layover completely. Why not to stopover in a new city and explore it for a few hours or so? If you do decide to do this, make sure you do your research and calculate time from and to airport and also be sure you have enough time to see the place so schedule accordingly. I’ve done this before and it worked out great for me.
Study Airport maps before your trip
It’s not always fun, but you should definitely take a look at the airport maps, especially if you are booking your own tickets and it’s your first time at the particular airport. For example, I had no idea that in Lisbon, I had to take a bus that would take me to the other side of the airport for domestic Departures. I studied the Lisbon airport map but I still wasn’t aware of this, so do your research.
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