As airfare expert and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney has been reporting for the past few months, a pair of deal zones will soon be upon us and airline ticket prices are already falling.
Airfare Prices Drop
Falling? Make that plunging. Wow Air currently has deal zone specials for U.S. to Iceland travel starting at just $99 one-way.
There are plenty of domestic deals out there, too. Many are valid for the upcoming deal zones of early November and early December which neatly bracket the super-expensive Thanksgiving travel period. It should be pointed out that the deal zones are cheap times to fly as opposed to booking flights.
Deal zone flights can be booked now.
What Shoppers Must Know
There are a few minor hurdles for shoppers who want to take advantage of deal zone pricing, so be aware of the following:
Booking deadlines: Sales for best prices often last just two or three days.
Advance purchase requirements: Some airlines require advance bookings from 14 to 21 days before travel; this varies by airline.
Date exclusions: Some deals are limited to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and sometimes Saturdays; in other words, travelers who can be flexible will reap the savings.
Where to Find the Deals
It’s hard to avoid them, but if you need help, try this.
- Set airfare alerts: Let the deals come to you.
- Follow your favorites: Look for specials marked as #CheapFlights.
- Check out a blog: Deals blogs are often updated on a daily basis.
Bookmark your favorites, you may be need them again soon.
2016 Deal Zone
Can’t work in a getaway in the next couple of months? No problem, says Rick Seaney, there’s always the January deal. This one, he says, almost always offers the very best deals of the year.