Believe us when we say that for some of us, making it in time for our flight is at the bottom of our “things to worry about when travelling” list. Sometimes the worry rudely barges into the room when it is time to book your tickets. That’s right, booking flights isn’t as easy as it seems, especially if you’re the type of person who is always looking for something cheaper, completely water-proof (as in, absolutely no room for error) and most convenient.
To take away some of the anxieties you have about flying, our stellar Virtual Assistants thought they’d let you in all their flight-booking secrets that can save you some time, a couple of coins and a ton of travel stress.
- An avid traveller? Sign up for loyalty programmes.
This can save you a chunk of change! If your favourite airline has a frequent flyer programme, then you should definitely sign up for them. Voyager miles can score you significant discounts on both cheap and expensive routes.
- The early bird catches the cheapest flight!
It’s self-explanatory. Always try to book your tickets well in advance. When offering tickets to the public, budget airlines usually start by selling the lowest fares, and once those are taken up, the next batch is released and priced accordingly.
- Pay attention to flight times.
Many people don’t know this, but the time of your flight can influence the price of your tickets. Avoid flying during high-peak times such as early-morning flights and afternoon flights. If possible, try to fly mid-morning and late evenings.
- Check alternate airports.
If there is more than one airport in your city or the city you intend on visiting, always check both. This allows you to truly compare prices and convenience because you have options. For example, flights to and from Lanseria Airport are sometimes cheaper than those at OR Tambo Airport.
- A nervous traveller? Get yourself direct non-stop flights.
Even though connecting flights prove to be cheaper more often than not, if you’re an anxious traveller then it’s probably not for you. Opt for direct flights to eliminate the possibility of delayed flights, confusion or any other issues that can make travelling scarier than it should be.
These are just a few of the tips that can not only make booking flights easier and cheaper but also make your air travel a more pleasant experience. And if you don’t want the hassle of booking your own flights, why not hire one of our capable Virtual Assistants to help you plan your trips?