I (Craig) had accumulated enough points to fly return trip from North Carolina → Atlanta → London → Johannesburg → Cape Town and return!
Whilst I had to pay a couple hundred dollars in taxes and fly a longer route, saving over ,500 was well worth it.
If you are locked into exact dates, it will be more challenging to get the best deal. Flying at unpopular hours, such as the red-eye or early in the AM instead of late morning through afternoon, increases your chance of getting the best deal.
Most of the time, the cheapest flights leave either very early in the morning or late at night.
And recently I saved big on my flight from Sydney to Washington DC to attend the White House blogger summit.
IMPORTANTFrequent flyer programs mostly accrue by miles.
If you do two separate airlines, you may be paying two online booking costs.
I know, it’s and obvious tip when searching for But try not to fly up to 7 days before or after a major holiday period. Sure the weather might be a bit cooler, but the prices for flights (and accommodation) will be lower, and there will be less people lined up at popular attractions.
We messed up once and discovered I was flying into an airport much further away from the city centre.
It cost me extra to pay for a bus into the city centre and a lot more in time than simply flying direct to the main airport.
Instead of choosing a destination and then spending days or weeks trying to find a flight deal, considering flying to where the cheap flights already are!
Choose a destination you can comfortably afford and one you’ll enjoy.
The consensus is that it’s best to FLY OUT on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.