It is hard to believe that summer is nearly over and Labor Day is just around the corner. But, while the “no white” rule is rarely in effect these days, many folks still see Labor Day as a last chance for a quick summer vacation before the new school year starts.
Two weeks ago we announced America’s top 10 preferred travel destinations. And today we want to share some tips and tricks that will help you get to these destinations (or wherever else you want to go).
Best of all, our advice works for flights after Labor Day as well!
Tip #1: Plan ahead
Begin searching for flights as soon as you can. The further out you are from your travel dates, the more likely you are to get a good deal.
Tip #2: Know when to look
The best time to search for flights is Tuesday and Wednesday because this is when airlines typically release their sale fares.
Tip #3: Act quickly
If you see a good price, book it! Airfare prices constantly fluctuate, so the deal you find might only be available for a few hours – especially if it is one of the unpublished fares that our Fly.com deal experts have found.
Tip #4: Use Fly.com Fare Calendars
The cheapest days to fly are normally Tuesday, Wednesday and (sometimes) Saturday. However it is a good rule of thumb to be flexible with your travel dates because airfares differ from one day to the next (see Tip #3 above). Use our Fare Calendars tool to see exactly when it is cheapest to fly.
Tip #5: Consider nearby airports
While it may be more convenient to fly into larger, more central airports, the simple truth is that flights in and out of smaller airports can sometimes be a lot less expensive. For this reason Fly.com automatically alerts you if a nearby airport can save you money.
Tip #6: Bundle, bundle, bundle
Just like coupons, package deals can save you a bundle (pun intended). For this reason Fly.com automatically includes destination-appropriate packages in its search results (that combine airfare with hotel and/or car rentals). In fact, one of the best deals we ever published was a bundle that included a stay at a top notch hotel for just $2 more than the cost of flights!
Tip #7: Factor-in baggage fees
For a long time Fly.com has included taxes in its airfare search results, because it is important to us that you know the entire price that needs to be paid. However, you will still need to factor in baggage fees for the flights that you select. You can do this by clicking on the luggage icons that appear in Fly.com search results or by checking out our domestic baggage fees chart.
Tip #8: Stay connected to Fly.com
We post the deals we find on this blog, as well as our Facebook page and Twitter account. So sign up for our blog’s RSS feed, “like” us on Facebook or regularly check out the Twitter posts from @Fly_com.
In the meantime, if you are looking for even more of a helping hand for Labor Day itself, check out some of the cheap flights that our deal experts have found.