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Each year, I try to take a flight and get out of this area. Really, what is there to do in Delaware? Thing is, I hate paying those inflated airline rates. Here are a few great options I use to get some awesome flight deals.
- The first option is Hopper. In addition to the website, the Hopper app is so convenient. Use your preferred platform. If you have an idea of when you want to fly, just put the dates into the Hopper app or website. Exact dates aren’t needed. As a matter of fact, if you have flexibility, often times, a cheaper rate can be found than if you had a specific date to fly.
- Get a discounted gift card for your preferred airline. A great resource for this is Giftcardgranny. This website is a hub for discounted gift card websites. After purchasing the gift card at a lower rate, you can use the gift card to buy your airline tickets. Plus, Giftcardgranny allows you to accumulate points for gift cards you purchase, which can then be redeemed for a free gift card once you reach 1,000 points. Just make sure you’re signed into your account before you pick a gift card.
- If you don’t mind using Southwest airlines, I highly suggest looking up their “Wanna Get Away Fares.” These are Southwest’s lowest fares. While your earn less Rapid Rewards points, you will get fares at a fraction of the price of the “Anytime” or “Business Select” fares. Southwest is also a great option, because you can get up to 2 bags on the flight for free. We all know those bag fees can be expensive. Just know, “Wanna Get Away Fares” are nonrefundable, so if you are willing to take that risk, it’s the best way to go. The biggest con of using Southwest is that you cannot pick your seats in advance. But, from my experience, I have never had an issue. I have booked early enough to be in the first or second boarding group, I’ve always been able to grab a window or aisle seat, and I have always been able to sit with my child.
- Don’t book too early. And don’t book too late. I have noticed that the best fares are usually best around 45 days prior to the flight. On the flip side, you want to avoid booking within 2 weeks of your departure date. The rates skyrocket just before departure.
- Sign up for emails from your favorite airlines and airline affiliates. For example, CheapOair, an affiliate, currently has a SpringTime Special which wouldn’t be something that most people would think of while looking for air fare. Frontier Airlines often sends out coupon codes.
- Sign up for frequent flier rewards programs with any airline you use. Not only can you earn miles by purchasing airline tickets, but most airlines allow you to earn miles by linking your credit cards and shopping at specific retailers, using specific hotels, or eating at some restaurants.
- Finally, book your air fare as a package with a hotel. Expedia is a great option for this. Not only can you get a lower rate for booking a package, but you can sign up for the free VIP program, Expedia+, and earn points which can later be redeemed for money off a future hotel, flight, activity, or car rental. Also you can get an additional discount at some hotels for being a VIP member.
I hope one of these, or a mixture of these will save you beaucoup bucks.