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Booking flight and hotels

The number of platforms dedicated to travels are increasing, especially the ones that offers the way to find and buy plane tickets, holidays and hotel reservations. I have to say that they are useful, but are the deals convenient? Generally there are good rates offered, but if you compare them with the proposals present on the hotel websites you can be surprised with better prices or with some extra benefits as the free minibar with soft drinks, the complimentary transfer and so on.

Many hotels complain about the platforms because they are useful to support the different structures helping them to occupy all the rooms, but they ask for an high commission. Also some hotels are not present on those websites. It is then easy to establish a cooperation between the companies that are managing the travel and booking sites, so they can find the way to have a deal and give less advantages to customers.

The same problem happens with flights, when you search for a ticket you just compare thousands websites and meanwhile your reserch become part of the site data, so if you go back to the same page, you will see an higher price. This tricks are common and well known, but in last period Google started to offer a new service. You can directly directly on Google Flights about the connnection you need and the prices. I noticed in the past months that generally there are always the higher prices.

Today I red an article on The Scottish Sun that describes how the improved Google Flight app reveals to readers if the flight and hotel fares are a good deal or not. The journalist underline the opportunity that you have receiving the alerts from Google when the price decrease. With some graphics you can check how the rate goes and the app helps to recognize the best offers using the colours about “cold” and the “hot” fares.

The application works for flights and hotels and I have to say that the service provided is really better than the past, but I have still few doubts. For instance I saw that they also propose the best deals on business class, but of course the cheapest fares are referred to the connections with the stopover, so you need to stay around the world more time before to arrive at your destination.

Meanwhile I was reading the article and checking the new app it cames to my mind the Austrian Airlines promotion, started few years ago and not only one among the airline companies. With your economy ticket you can bid an upgrade to business class. You make an offer and if it will be accepted, according to the amount and the different bids received, they can decide if accept and let you travel in business class with a bit more than what you spent for the economy ticket.

We all know that to find the best deals we need to check the dates, try to change them, to try to change airport, to make the reservation in a specific day of the week and so on. I agree with all tricks, but since the algorithms are changing so fast, I generally keep always in mind these advices, but I always prefer compare the official websites of the hotels and of the airline companies, deleting the computer chronology step by step to non influence the sites and their results, with the different booking services.

How do you reserve your flights and hotel rooms?

Anasa

Flight delay: how to deal with it?

Sometimes people ask me if I like to travel and then they think about how I am lucky. They are true and I really love to travel, but there is always a negative side of the medals. The hours spent in airports and on planes. It is possible to enjoy it but traveling often gives a risk: flight delay. How to deal with it? This is the question I want to answer today. Once I had four hours delay at the departure and the duration of the flight was a bit more than one hour. We were going up and down from the plane without taking off.

It happens and especially if you travel for work reasons it is a huge problem. I learned in the years to not fix any meeting on the traveling days. You can easily imagine why. Well, everything is normal, because of the number of travelers. The traffic is increasing and this means that the risk to be a victim of a flight delay is higher each time. The first rule is no panic. Never will change if you fight with the staff. Most of the times they even don’t know exactly what is going on. Second rules: follow my tips.

Causes of a flight delay

There are many reasons that cause a flight delay. Sometimes it is a technical problem to the plane, other times is a plane missing or too many flights landing and taking off at the same hour. Then it can happen an overbooking. Airlines, not all of them luckily, accept more reservations than available seats, so if all the travelers arrive at the airport some of them don’t find space on the flight. This also causes delay.

Once I was on a plane ready to take off. A passenger started to give in outburst. The captain called the police and we had a huge flight delay. Another time I was flying for half an hour and the captain said that an engine stopped to work and we needed to go back. In the end, the airline company hosted us in a hotel and we started again the journey the day after. What to do in all these cases?

Flight delay: the airlines’ proposals

Generally, the airlines for a flight delay try to do the minimum they can. For example, when I had 4 hours delay at the departure I was in Rome and they gave us a voucher for a sandwich and a soft drink to the airport bar. When I was in Paris and we went back the airline paid for one night in the hotel, meanwhile I lost the money of the first night to my destination. It is always a bit tricky to deal with the compensations.

Anyway, there are some laws and rules, so if you follow the right step you can receive money from the airline company. Of course, it happens if the delay is huge. I had also overbooking situations, but luckily I left with the plane. Usually, they ask people if they want to wait for the next flight in exchange for a certain amount of money. Sometimes, if you are not in hurry, it can be not bad the compensation offered. But don’t forget that maybe you have expenses for the hotel reservation and so on… To deal with a flight delay you need to be prepared.

What to do in case of flight delay?

I mentioned the main causes and also briefly what the airline does. You have your rights and you need to know them if you want a correct compensation. When you have a flight delay check exactly the reasons and especially the hours of the delay. So you will have the elements to verify if you have the right for compensation and also its amount. Keep in mind also that if the airline does overbooking you are not obligated to accept their offer to wait for the next flight.

If you are traveling from EU to protect you there is a rule settled by the European Commission. So, according to the conditions you are living with your flight delay, you have different rights. If the delay is huge or the flight is canceled you expect for a compensation. The airline has to reimburse you up to $700. Before to ask for money verify exactly your position. How? Simply using AirHelp. It isn’t made only for EU.

How AirHelp works?

Ar you at the airport and you just get informed about a flight delay? Don’t worry, download the App of AirHelp and fill the form with some details about your flight. You will know immediately what are your rights. Then you can contact the AirHelp staff to receive support. They will give you assistance to apply and ask for the compensation to the airline company.

The App is free and the staff answers very quickly to all your requests. You can find here all the steps you need to follow, listed for easy use. Maybe you will discover that you have no right to a refund, but it is always better to check. They are the best in their work, so in case you are eligible for compensation, you will have it. Meanwhile, if you need to book a flight, check out my guide to save time and money.

 

 

 

 

Cheap flights: how to find them

It’s Christmas time and you are searching for cheap flights to spend a few days on holiday. Maybe for the New Year’s Eve or just to go to meet relatives and friends who live far from you. Well, purchase a ticket at the last moment can be quite expensive, but if you apply my advice you can save money and fly to your destination for an excellent rate.

Let’s proceed step by step. First of all, I want to focus on last minute cheap flights so you will be able to leave for your Christmas holidays very fast and without spending all your salary. Then I will give you some advice about the method to find cheap flights in general and I will conclude the post with first class tickets. Read till the end to know the best way to get low rates.

Last minute cheap flights

Now you are in a hurry and you expect to pay a huge amount of money to buy your ticket. Don’t worry, you have a chance to find cheap flights also at the very last moment. How? With a few steps online.

Where to look and how to book

At the check-in desk at the airport, there are not anymore deals for you. They ask you the full rate and the price is very expensive. Too much. What can you do? Switch on your computer first of all. The entire process will be online. I suggest you book always in advance, at least 50 or 60 days before the departure, but if you can’t, pay attention to the next lines. A couple of months earlier guarantee you the best rates.

Once you know your destination go on Skyscanner.com. It is the best search engine for plane tickets. If in the city there are more airports, choose “any”. For instance, if you go to New York, select “New York any”. In this way, the engine will show you all the connections to the city, in all the local airports. This is the first step to find cheap flights. You can also tick the box to “add nearby airports“. The system will scan all the closest airports. You can do the same research on Kayak.

Book a seat on a charter flight

If you search for last minute cheap flights the best option isn’t a low-cost airline. Their strategy is to take advantage of the passengers in need. Start to scrap the list of charter flights. Consider that tour operators book entire planes and they need to make it full. There are always excess seats and they sell them reducing the price. You don’t have to buy a holiday package, but only the flight. For this reason, I suggest you check on Thomas Cook and TUI fly if your destinations are Florida and the Caribbean.

Get deals to your mobile

Are you in a hurry but you can wait for a few days? Subscribe to get directly in your email or on your WhatsApp the updated offers. You will be updated on flash sales, on new flight launches and also on last-minute discounts. This helps you to find your cheap flights. SkyscannerCheapflightsTravelzoo, and HolidayPirates are the websites that you need to explore to reach the goal. The first three platforms update you via email, meanwhile, the last one sends you the news via WhatsApp. Don’t forget to check the social profiles of these search engines on Twitter and Facebook to find the deals for the cheap flights.

Keep yourself free on Tuesday

The last advice to catch cheap flights is to search for them on Tuesday. Buy the ticket on the same day, because the last-minute deals are more convenient. Airlines prefer this day of the week to sell all remaining seats. Especially because at that point they know if the planes are full or empty for the weekend. The sales appear on Monday, but the competitors need one day to set the offers.

These steps will take you to purchase the last-minute cheap flights.

Cheap flights: how to find them

Now you know how to find last-minute cheap flights but there are some rules that you need to keep in mind always. Also when you book your ticket in advance. Let’s go to see what you need to do to have the best deal all for you. You can easily save money.

Keep your research secret

Each time you start research on the internet, your data are registered, especially from the engines. So if you type some information about the flight you want and then you do the same research on different websites, the prices will be higher. Why? They already know that you need a certain ticket. Your need becomes their strategy to earn money. To avoid this problem you don’t need to do anything particular. It is enough to keep your research top secret. Browse in incognito.

Don’t worry, it is not a hard issue. If you use Google Chrome or Safari hit the Command (Control for the desktop computer), Shift and “N”. If you use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer instead of “N” press “P”, the other steps of the procedure are the same. In any case in the menu bar, you find the voice private browsing or incognito. Nobody will recognize you and nobody will register your research. You will see the real prices and not the increased ones.

Select the best engines

If you want to book cheap flights, you need to search for them in the proper places. Some platforms show you the highest rates, meanwhile, others propose you low prices. Here you can find a list of some good websites to use. If you know others, just add them in comments.

Skyscanner

AirFare Watchdog

Momondo

CheapOair

AirWander

JetRadar

Kiwi

Google Flights (It doesn’t give you the cheapest prices, but it is really useful to compare the dates)

You should keep in mind that the list of airlines on these websites is not complete. So I suggest you, especially for regional and low-cost companies to go directly to their official pages.

Choose the proper day to book

Generally, there is the cheapest day to fly and it helps you to find the airline tickets best price. If you search on the internet you will find different opinions and mostly the sites indicate Tuesday as the perfect day. Be careful, because it is not true. It is correct that fly during weekdays is more convenient many times, but each company has its own policy. So there are deals to travel on Saturday or Sunday as well. So what to do? Don’t worry, there is a solution.

The procedure you must follow to find cheap flights is easy and immediate. Go on the search engine, for instance, Skyscanner. Then type the departure date, don’t consider the return ticket for a while. Select the “one-way” option. Do your research for an entire month. In this way, you will find out what day is the cheapest one to move. Once you collected the information you can adjust your search. Don’t forget to do the same for the return date so you will know how to manage your round trip.

This tip is valid to find the airline tickets best price. Keep in mind that if you have to add more days to your stay just to have a cheap rate, you will increase the accommodation cost. Is this convenient? The answer is up to you. If you use Kiwi.com or Hopper you can track the changes in the prices.

Use your miles

As I mentioned in my travel planner guide, if you have in your wallet a loyalty card issued by an airline company or a credit card with a cashback plan, you can travel for free. It depends on the miles present on your account balance. Maybe you will get a discount or you will purchase the ticket without any expense. Also, the main hotel chains propose cards that give you miles to spend on your airline tickets. In this case, check what you have and visit the programs web pages. Pay attention: the number of miles follows the same policy of the prices, so check the best day to travel. The cheapest flight can be free for you.

Prefer low-cost airlines

For the last-minute tickets, the low-cost airline is not the best choice, but they are if you book in advance. Around the world, there are many airlines working with budget deals. They generally propose you very low rates, like almost nothing, but there are some compromises. In fact, to reduce the prices they put more seats and you have less space for your legs. Then they don’t give you food and drinks for free on board. You may pay also for the suitcase. To have a better treatment they offer some privileges to who wants to pay more.

The convenience has to be check up to your needs. Anyway, I always suggest checking the low-cost airlines. Because maybe you book a flight for a short trip and you can do some sacrifices to save more money. Last thing about this step. The airport location is most of the times the less close to the destination, so think about the transfer and the time that you will need. You will go straight to cheap flights.

Take advantage of the mistakes

Do you want to find easily and immediately the airline tickets best price? Search online for mistakes. Often the offices of the companies publish online the wrong rate. There are many reasons, but what is important is the result. If you catch the error and buy at that rate, you have the right to travel without any other costs. They can’t change, as the law says, the price after the ticket is sold. The mistakes are on the official website and they are your luck in the research of cheap flights.

How can you find them? You are thinking to stay 24 hours online without sleep hoping to catch the error… No, you don’t need this. You can just connect to some platforms that search for you. Then you need to be lucky. Visit AirFare Watchdog and Secret Flying. On the first one, the updates are in real-time. Use the same search criteria already described in previous steps.

Slit connecting flights

Are you searching for connecting flights? Maybe to go to your destination it is necessary to change plane e in another airport or country. Never search for all tracks. Split them. If you book each flight, also with a return ticket, you will find better deals. It is also possible to save money just changing the airline company. If you do this you are freer to choose the best options, according to the price and to your convenience. It gives you more chances to find the cheap flights you want.

Keep in mind that you need to work more on hours of arrival and departure. This because you have maybe to move and to catch the connection with a different airline. If you use a low-cost company and a traditional one check the arrival airport. It can happen that they use different locations and you have to organize the transfer on time to catch the other flight. You can in case consider also a stopover to see another place.

Choose the destination carefully

To find the airline tickets best price you have to focus also on budget companies. As I already wrote they offer you a good rate for different reasons. One of them is the airport used. In the big cities, there are more locations, with different distance between the city and the airport. Anyway, if this looks a sacrifice, you should consider one more element. There are different tracks to get to your destination for less money. This is an important step in the research of cheap flights.

You are thinking…WHAT?!?! I am going to explain to you two interesting options. The first one is that around the region of your destination there are smaller cities or town connected with their airports. It can cost less to go there and then to move by car, bus or train to the place where you want to stay. The second aspect is made by the connections.

For instance, if you move from the USA to Italy and you stop in Spain to change flight you have more chances to save money. In fact, airlines have some track that they need to promote and they offer good deals. Or simply using different airlines and prefer a longer trip can become an economic benefit for you. It happens especially if you choose airlines without a hub in the departure or arrival countries.

Some risks

In this way, there are always some risks. Be careful because if you book a connecting flight with different companies and you miss the plane to continue your trip, you will lose your money. That is why it is good to prefer dedicated search engines. Some of them help you to use different airlines in combination and to purchase your ticket in the same order. In this case, your money is guaranteed and you can get refunded in case of problems. This because they sold you the deal for the whole trip. When you choose the website read their policies. Otherwise, cheap flights become very expensive.

Prevent the hidden city risk

While people were searching for their cheap flights, they discovered the “hidden city” connections. It means that airlines are going to hide the flight connections because they are cheaper than the direct flight. Anyway with the steps described you won’t have problems to find them. The problem concerns the risks and you need to be aware of this.

What are the risks? To not have the luggage checked directly for all flights, so you need to claim it at your arrival and then do again the check-in. You may not be allowed off the plane in case the flight is continuing to its final destination. You may lose the connection without having any assistance from the airline. There is no solution, but that is why I suggest to choose carefully the website and especially to check the conditions.

Book all flights in the same moment

Did you find the cheap flights? Will you use the same company? Buy the tickets altogether. If there is no chance to have a lower rate in splitting the flights, buying each of them separated it will cost more. Companies prefer to sell the round trip, otherwise, they propose a higher rate. It doesn’t make sense. Try to do the research through the multi-city flights.

For example, a company can offer more routes together for an interesting rate. In Europe, it is quite common with Turkish Airlines. The same does Virgin Atlantic. Include regional passes, because there is a cooperation between local companies with the big ones and it costs less to mix the flights among them. The same airline will issue the ticket.

Check local airlines

Never forget to check the proposals of the regional airlines. They are small but they have connections and they may propose low rates. Especially in the countries where tourism is now so much developed. It is difficult to know them and to find a complete list, but searching on Google you will access to their web pages. It is also hard to find them in the main cheap flights’ search pages. The small companies can be a surprise, it is good to check every time you need to travel.

Book the trip when you know the date

It is another important rule to follow for who are searching for cheap flights. When you decide the dater for your travel start immediately to check the flights. Also, purchase as soon as possible the tickets. All the steps will help you to find quickly the best deal but keep always in mind that approaching the departure day the rates will increase in any case. It can be useful, if you don’t have fixed dates, to search for the best one to travel, the one that has the lower price. So you will let the search engine decide for you. It can be convenient.

Pay attention to the currency

The last tip about how to find easy and immediately concern the currency. Booking form different countries you can see different prices. That is why you should consider checking the different currencies on the same website. Sometimes it is not a simple conversion and also it depends on the conditions apply for certain countries. You can save again a bit of money. Be sure to have a credit card that doesn’t apply fees for the transactions in foreign currency. It is part of the steps to find cheap flights.

Cheap flights: first class

Sometimes there are discounted first-class plane tickets, you can fly inside the USA for less than 1,000 USD or internationally for less than 2,000 USD. How can you find the cheapest flights as a first-class traveler? I like luxury and for that reason, I try to search for good deals. Why spend more than enough? Here I want to share an efficient strategy that I learned and applied.

One-way ticket

The first-class cheap flights are usually not many, so if you search for a round trip you will reduce the chances. You can go to your destination with a company and go back with another one. On domestic flights, it is not common to find a ticket that costs more than half of the round trip. Searching for a flight don’t be surprised if the cost is around 100 USD more than a coach seat. Of course on domestic connections.

Deals on your mobile

If you are not in a hurry, I suggest you search first-class cheap flights on websites able to send you alerts. So you will be among the first to know the deals. The alerts are important because discounts are short living. You can find them also on the Twitter feed of TheFlightDeal. My tip is to check and subscribe to FirstClassFlyer.com and to FlyerTalk.

Pay attention to the small airlines

In recent years also the smallest companies improved their first-class setting. They also propose good deals for the cheap flights, so check them. So companies from Norway and Poland, for example, offers very low prices to travel from Europe to the USA. They have often new aircraft with a well equipped first class. The service is very well organized and complete. I have to confirm anyway that the big companies are doing something more, also because they have to win the competition, especially on first-class.

Become a loyalty card member

Do you want first-class cheap flights? Well, subscribe to the airlines’ loyalty cards. Why? Because some of them are offering discounts on your first-class ticket purchase. For example, British Airways reserve too AARP members 400 USD of discount for business and first-class tickets. Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines give to the cards’ holders 15% off. If you fly from Europe to South America the discount is up to 30%. Cathay Pacific recognize to the loyalty cards members 20% off. There are many airlines that give discounted prices to their loyal customers.

Check the upgrade cost

One you bought your economy-class ticket you can purchase your upgrade. Some airlines offer you discounted options. So adding a limited amount of money you can fly in first-class. The American company United do that, meanwhile, Delta let you switch to a first-class fare on the same itinerary with no change fee. If you see a good first-class fare open up after you book, call and lock it in. Austrian Airline allows you to make an offer for an upgrade. The best offers are accepted. This means you can change class spending a small amount of money more.

Use your frequent flyer miles

The biggest airlines in the USA give the chance to their frequent flyers to book a one-way ticket for half price using miles. This allows you to save money for a first-class seat. Don’t forget that your miles, for all the airlines in the world let you get discounts, mixing miles and money. Also, you can use your miles, if they are not enough for the entire ticket, for a class upgrade. Your first-class cheap flights are so easy to get.

Plan your itinerary

Don’t exclude any option for your travel. Check all the airport close to your destination, because the rates can be different also for the first class. You can fly in first-class spending less money and than adding a cheap coach ticket to reach your destination. This trick allows you to use the best airline benefits, just changing the airport. Of course, it depends on the country where you go.

If you follow these steps you will easily find first-class cheap flights. Now book your seats and enjoy your journey!

Airline tickets best price. How to find it now.

How to find airline tickets best price? This is the question that I made to myself many times. Searching online, discussing with experts and traveling I found an answer. Now I want to share it with you, guiding you step by step to make your research easy. As you know I like luxury and why not to travel in business and first class, but why to spend more than enough?! I experienced what I am going to write in the next lines booking a lot of flights in Italy, Europe, and the world. You will save money and also time following my tips. After my travel advice, now I focus on airline companies.

1. Browse with incognito setting

The first rule to find your airline tickets best price is to set your web browser into the incognito setting. It is easy, you can find the tool in the menu of your browser. Why do you have to do it? Simple: after your first research the price change. The system adopted by the websites it to catch your IP address and memorize your research, so plus you check a flight or a destination plus the rate will erase. The reason is: they want to show you that if don’t book quickly the ticket you will spend more. Their goal is to sell.

How can you proceed to browse in incognito? If you use Google Chrome or Safari you just have to hit “Command” or “Control” if using the desktop computer, Shift, “N”. If you use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer you have to hit “Command” or “Control” if you surf the internet from a computer, Shift, “P”. Do you have iOS X? Click on the Safari menu bar “Private browsing”. The procedure will open a new browser window. In this way, the system can’t track your information. When it is time to book your flight, you can just close the incognito window and open a new one.

2. Choose the best web engines for flights

The second step concern the websites used to search for your flight. Each platform offers different rates and some of them increase the prices more than others. Sometimes also the airlines’ official pages propose good deals, but mainly the starting point is from other engines. Among the best sites there are:

Skyscanner

Airfare Watchdog

Momondo

Kiwi.com

CheapOair

AirWander

JetRadar

Google Flights (It doesn’t give you the cheapest prices, but it is really useful to compare the dates)

You should keep in mind that the list of airlines on these websites is not complete. So I suggest you, especially for regional and low-cost companies to go directly to their official pages.

3. Pay attention to the date

Generally, there is the cheapest day to fly and it helps you to find the airline tickets best price. If you search on the internet you will find different opinions and mostly the sites indicate Tuesday as the perfect day. Be careful, because it is not true. It is correct that fly during weekdays is more convenient many times, but each company has its own policy. So there are deals to travel on Saturday or Sunday as well. So what to do? Don’t worry, there is a solution.

The procedure you must follow is easy and immediate. Go on the search engine, for instance, Skyscanner. Then type the departure date, don’t consider the return ticket for a while. Select “one-way” option. Do your research for an entire month. In this way, you will find out what day is the cheapest one to move. Once you collected the information you can adjust your search. Don’t forget to do the same for the return date, so you will know how to manage your round trip.

This tip is valid to find the airline tickets best price. Keep in mind that if you have to add more days to your stay just to have a cheap rate, you will increase the accommodation cost. Is this convenient? The answer is up to you. If you use Kiwi.com or Hopper you can track the changes in the prices.

4. Redeem your miles

As I mentioned in my travel planner guide, if you have in your wallet a loyalty card issued by an airline company or a credit card with a cashback plan, you can travel for free. It depends on the miles present on your account balance. Maybe you will get a discount or you will purchase the ticket without any expense. Also, the main hotel chains propose cards that give you miles to spend on your airline tickets. In this case, check what you have and visit the programs web pages. Pay attention: the number of miles follows the same policy of the prices, so check the best day to travel.

5. Focus on low-cost companies

Around the world, there are many airlines working with budget deals. They generally propose you very low rates, like almost nothing, but there are some compromises. In fact, to reduce the prices they put more seats and you have less space for your legs. Then they don’t give you food and drinks for free on board. You may pay also for the suitcase. To have a better treatment they offer some privileges to who wants to pay more.

The convenience has to be check up to your needs. Anyway, I always suggest checking the low-cost airlines. Because maybe you book a flight for a short trip and you can do some sacrifices to save more money. Last thing about this step. The airport location is most of the times the less close to the destination, so think about the transfer and the time that you will need.

6. Catch the errors made by airlines

Do you want to find easily and immediately the airline tickets best price? Search online for mistakes. Often the offices of the companies publish online the wrong rate. There are many reasons, but what is important is the result. If you catch the error and buy at that rate, you have the right to travel without any other costs. They can’t change, as the law says, the price after the ticket is sold. The mistakes are on the official website.

How can you find them? You are thinking to stay 24 hours online without sleep hoping to catch the error… No, you don’t need this. You can just connect to some platforms that search for you. Then you need to be lucky. Visit AirFare Watchdog and Secret Flying. On the first one, the updates are in real-time. Use the same search criteria already described in previous steps.

7. Split connecting flights

Are you searching for connecting flights? Maybe to go to your destination it is necessary to change the plane in another airport or country. Never search for all tracks. Split them. If you book each flight, also with a return ticket, you will find better deals. It is also possible to save money just changing the airline company. If you do this you are freer to choose the best options, according to the price and to your convenience. It gives you more chances to find airline tickets best price.

Keep in mind that you need to work more on hours of arrival and departure. This because you have maybe to move and to catch the connection with a different airline. If you use a low-cost company and a traditional one check the arrival airport. It can happen that they use different locations and you have to organize the transfer on time to catch the other flight. You can in case consider also a stopover to see another place.

8. Choose carefully the destination

To find the airline tickets best price you have to focus also on budget companies. As I already wrote they offer you a good rate for different reasons. One of them is the airport used. In the big cities, there are more locations, with different distance between the city and the airport. Anyway, if this looks a sacrifice, you should consider one more element. There are different tracks to get to your destination for less money.

You are thinking…WHAT?!?! I am going to explain to you two interesting options. The first one is that around the region of your destination there are smaller cities or town connected with their airports. It can cost less to go there and then to move by car, bus or train to the place where you want to stay. The second aspect is made by the connections.

For instance, if you move from the USA to Italy and you stop in Spain to change flight you have more chances to save money. In fact, airlines have some track that they need to promote and they offer good deals. Or simply using different airlines and prefer a longer trip can become an economic benefit for you. It happens especially if you choose airlines without a hub in the departure or arrival countries.

The Risks

In this way, there are always some risks. Be careful because if you book a connecting flight with different companies and you miss the plane to continue your trip, you will lose your money. That is why it is good to prefer dedicated search engines. Some of them help you to use different airlines in combination and to purchase your ticket in the same order. In this case, your money is guaranteed and you can get refunded in case of problems. This because they sold you the deal for the whole trip. When you choose the website read their policies.

9. Prevent the hidden city risk

While people were searching for their airline tickets best price, they discovered the “hidden city” flights. It means that airlines are going to hide the flight connections because they are cheaper than the direct flight. Anyway with the steps described you won’t have problems to find them. The problem concerns the risks and you need to be aware of this.

What are the risks? To not have the luggage checked directly for all flights, so you need to claim it at your arrival and then do again the check-in. You may not be allowed off the plane in case the flight is continuing to its final destination. You may lose the connection without having any assistance from the airline. There is no solution, but that is why I suggest to choose carefully the website and especially to check the conditions.

10. Buy flight tickets at the same moment

Did you find the airline tickets best price? Will you use the same company? Buy the tickets altogether. If there is no chance to have a lower rate in splitting the flights, buying each of them separated it will cost more. Companies prefer to sell the round trip, otherwise, they propose a higher rate. It doesn’t make sense. Try to do the research through the multi-city flights.

For example, a company can offer more routes together for an interesting rate. In Europe, it is quite common with Turkish Airlines. The same does Virgin Atlantic. Include regional passes, because there is a cooperation between local companies with the big ones and it costs less to mix the flights among them. The same airline will issue the ticket.

11. Give a chance to local airlines

Never forget to check the proposals of the regional airlines. They are small but they have connections and they may propose low rates. Especially in the countries where tourism is now so much developed. It is difficult to know them and to find a complete list, but searching on Google you will access to their web pages. It is also hard to find them in the main flight search pages. The small companies can be a surprise, it is good to check every time you need to travel.

12. When you know the date of your trip book the tickets

It is another important rule to follow for who is searching for the airline tickets best price. When you decide the dater for your travel start immediately to check the flights. Also, purchase as soon as possible the tickets. All the steps will help you to find quickly the best deal but keep always in mind that approaching the departure day the rates will increase in any case. It can be useful, if you don’t have fixed dates, to search for the best one to travel, the one that has the lower price. So you will let the search engine decide for you. It can be convenient.

13. Focus on the currency

The last tip about how to find easy and immediately concern the currency. Booking form different countries you can see different prices. That is why you should consider checking the different currencies on the same website. Sometimes it is not a simple conversion and also it depends on the conditions apply for certain countries. You can save again a bit of money. Be sure to have a credit card that doesn’t apply fees for the transactions in foreign currency. It is part of the steps to find the airline tickets best price.

And now let me wish you a safe flight!

What about gift cards for Christmas?

I am too generous… Thinking to the Christmas gifts for friends I came out with a new idea. What about gift cards for Christmas? It is not an original idea, but of course it can be useful. I don’t have to choose the item but give a certain amount to purchase or to get a discount on a product chosen by my friend. My creativity is going to finish or at least it looke like to be at the end for the next celebrations. That is why I had the idea to focus my mind on gift cards. What do you think? Does it work? What will you give to your relatives and friends? Of course if you celebrate Xmas.

First of all I pay attention to Amazon that offers a huge variety of items. It is easy to find what they need and they can redeem the card. There are different options regarding the amount of money. It looks like to be the perfect gift without the risk to make a mistake. Cothes, technology, games, books and also a lot of items for travellers. Everything is part of the online shop.

Travelling

Some of the gifts I want to buy are destinated to travellers. So I was thinking to use dedicated gift cards. I got some inspiration on Booking.com in order to find the perfect destination and some ideas about the hotels. They can easily choose the best structure and also the period when to go on holiday. Offers and good prices make me more rich, because while I purchase the gift I can save some money.



Booking.com

Then I saw also some other gift cards for Christmas proposed by hotels and airline companies. It is possible to decide the amount and also to personalize the card, that will be valid for one year. More or less all the structures accept these gifts for a long period and the guests can also add some services and pay only the extras. Christmas is approaching and I still have a lot of gifts to buy, so with these type of solution I don’t have to go out. I can do it at home with my computer, using my credit card.