Do you ever feel like you should just start working at Jet blue or Southwest to get a discount on flights because you fly so frequently and the rewards don’t add up as quickly? I feel you. I have a sever case of wanderlust and a much smaller budget to work with, so I’ve learned how to save a few bucks along the way. Here are a few of my best tips for saving on flights
- Groupon. The getaways listed on this site often are flight inclusive and cut the cost by about 30%. You can get a full vacation to Jamaica or Europe from anywhere between $500 and $1500. The flight is most often the most expensive portion of a trip so to have it all wrapped into one cost and discounted a bit is something to take advantage of.
- Comparison websites. Websites like justly.com and cheapflights.com offer comparison tools to pick your dates and compare fares across the map and different airlines. You are able to physically watch the fares go down and I often don’t spend more than $300 for roundtrip to Florida or $700 to Europe.
- Rewards programs. Southwest and many other airlines offer rewards programs where you can accrue points for each flight you book with them. Then, when you earn a certain number of points you can redeem a free flight with the company and jet off to somewhere nice.
- Flexible dates. Southwest has a feature where you can specifically pick “flexible dates” and they list a calendar view of all of the days ahead and the flight prices on each day. Then you can pick and choose how much money you want to spend and what days work best for you with the given prices. Wednesday to Wednesday is typically cheapest.