In the last year, the US airline industry recorded a 4.8% jump in the number of passengers ferried to 1 billion. Interestingly, this number will increase as many more people opt for the convenience and speed of aircraft. Unfortunately, this increased demand could push airfare up.
Air travel is still uncommon for many Americans. As such, travelers can easily fall prey to prohibitive airfare due to a lack of sufficient information. With a little digging, however, you can uncover interesting deals that will save you a lot of money. Here are some hacks with which you can save on airfare.
Pick days with fewer fliers
The beauty of Americans is that you can always predict their movement. Notably, air traffic is heavy on Monday, Friday, and Sunday, meaning getting good deals is difficult. On Friday, Americans fly to parties and games in different parts of the country. Similarly, many people travel on Sunday for various reasons. It could be to football and basketball games, to church, or just for fun. Then on Monday, everyone is coming back from wherever they went to during the weekend. Therefore, make sure you avoid the three days.
In contrast, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays have the lowest air traffic in the country. This means that airlines have fewer customers and, oftentimes, offer discounts to attract more passengers. According to industry experts, you can save up to 40% per ticket these days.
Get rid of browser cookies!
Cookies are an interesting trick that airlines use to escalate the price of tickets without your knowledge. Usually, it used to be a trick that when you refresh a browser after say 10 seconds, the air ticket magically falls in price. Unfortunately, airlines seem to have gotten around the trick such that after every refresh, the price goes up! To beat them, get rid of all your browser cookies. As such, airlines do not have access to cookies to facilitate what they call dynamic pricing.
Buying tickets upfront always comes with a discount. For example, if you know you will travel on February 10, 2020, buying the ticket today could earn you a cheap seat. Usually, airfare increases depending on demand. If you anticipate high traffic on the day, you intend to travel, booking the ticket 30 days before it is safer and cheaper.