When planning the trip of a lifetime the last thing you want to do is waste your precious money on flights. As a student, money tends to be scarce enough as it is and most would rather spend it on attractions, local cuisine, souvenirs or night life. Saving money on flights isn’t nearly as difficult as it may seem. In fact, there are several hacks and tips that can allow you to keep more in your pocket while wearing a big grin:
1) Student Cards
Take advantage of student cards and discounts whenever you possibly can. Many providers offer special rates for student flights (with or without membership) that can often save you a considerable amount of money. It’s something well worth pursuing and it only takes a matter of seconds to ask or check on-line yourself.
2) Flexible Dates
If at all possible considering being as flexible as you possibly can with your itinerary. Having rigid dates set in stone often means prices that are less than a ideal. However, if you are willing to fly out a day/week earlier and return a couple days earlier/later you will likely find a discounted fare.
3) Reward Miles
Many airlines offer some kind of rewards program. Although it may seem like the points take forever to accumulate, you would often be surprised how little time it takes before you get your first free flight. I’ve taken several free trips in the last several years because I took the time to sign up for these free membership programs.
4) Last Minute Deals
Many airlines are looking to put bums in their seats last minute. It makes sense from a business perspective to have the plane as full to capacity as possible. This means prices may drop considerably prior to certain flights taking off. If you have your finger on the trigger you might just land one of these incredible deals.
5) Search Around
Don’t just be fixated on one airline company or one search provider. Take the time to look around at deals posted both on-line and off-line. Sometimes the best deals might even be found in a newspaper.