6 Ways to Save on Summer Vacation Flights

Summer vacation flights can be expensive especially if you’re traveling with the whole family. Believe me, I know. So why pay a penny more than you have to? You won’t if you follow these tips.

Save on Summer Airfare

First, check out the video – it’s a quick minute-and-a-half – and all the tips you’ll see are listed below. Then start shopping and saving money.

VIDEO: Dos and Don’ts to Save on Summer Vacation Flights

Six Ways to Save

1. Shop for U.S. airline tickets on Tuesday at 3 p.m. eastern

  • This is when tol find the most airfare sales, and price matching on competitive routes

2. If you shop too early, you could pay too much

  • Shop for domestic fares about 3 months before departure
  • Shop for international fares about 5 months before departure

3. If you shop too late, you could pay too much

  • Purchase domestic tickets at least 3 weeks before departure
  • Purchase international tickets at least 6 weeks before departure

4. Be flexible

  • Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – historically the cheapest days to fly

5. Don’t get picky

  • Non-stops can be pricier than longer, connecting flights
  • Smaller airports are usually more expensive than big-city hubs
  • Always compare prices for routes and nearby airports to find the best deals

6. Don’t check a bag

  • Avoid expensive fees on most airlines by using a carry-on bag
  • Carry-on bags can’t get lost
  • Exit the airport quickly because there’s no waiting at the baggage carousel


Published: April 7, 2014