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Travel Hacks: 5 Secrets to Booking the Cheapest Flights

Travelers Today       By    TravelersToday Staff Reporter

Updated: Dec 12, 2014 04:48 AM EST

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Nowadays, traveling is not only for the financially-privileged ones.  Regardless of your income status or profession, you are now capable of visiting other destinations without ripping off your savings account.  Learn how to save money through baggage allowances and in-flight meals.  With these simple travel hacks, you can book flights with the cheapest rates with same comfort and quality of service.

Travel on Wednesdays.  Mid-week is the best day to schedule your flight.  Fewer travelers are leaving on Wednesdays and Thursdays so expect that fares are relatively lower than those on the weekends.  Avoid booking flights scheduled on holidays because the influx of traffic causes a surge on fuel, labor, and maintenance costs.  Always choose the first flight; not only that it is the cheapest but you are more likely to avoid delays.

Join the frequent flyer rewards.  Check with your credit card provider if they are offering miles rewards.  If you are a frequent traveler, save up your points by signing up in the frequent flyer programs offered by your chosen airline company.  Once you hit a particular mileage, you can convert it as airfare discounts or travel the world for free.

Sign up for email alerts.  Flight fares change on an hourly basis so the best way to keep track for low charges is by opting on email subscriptions.  You can also like Facebook or Twitter airlines pages for fast updates.  Also, airlines tend to give more promotional giveaways to their club members than the regular ones.

Utilize flight search applications.  Apps like Skyscanner, GateGuru, and NextFlight help you find for the cheapest flights available and compare rates from various airlines.  Because apps like these are based on the web version of the flight carriers, it is updated real time.

Check flights early in the morning.  The wee hours of the morning records the lowest web traffic thus the lower flight fees.  You may also clear your cache every time you visit the booking website, so the web administrator has no prior records of your IP address.  When you book a flight, make sure that it is at least eight weeks from the date of departure.  Otherwise, you are less likely to get a good deal if you book days in advance.

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