7 Tips and Tricks for Getting Cheaper Plane Tickets

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One of the things that stop people from traveling regularly is the expensive price tag of plane tickets, especially for hard to reach destinations. Thank God for budget airlines and their promo fares! [P.S. Don't get heartbroken when you book 'piso fare/free seats' promos and end up paying over a thousand pesos and NOT 0-2 pesos for a round trip ticket, it's just a marketing strategy, like how you think P99 pesos is cheap :) ].

Here are some of Gem’s tried and tested airline seat sale online booking tips and tricks to scoring cheap flights:

1. Be informed ASAP

The challenging thing about booking during a seat sale is that you’ll have A LOT of competition. So, you need to know the news as soon as airlines announce it.

- Subscribe to their newsletters. If you like to stay up late, you’ll be happy to know that there are some airlines that announce first through newsletter emails at midnight

- Follow their Twitter account

- Gem’s favorite: Enable the Get Notifications option for their Facebook page updates

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- Some have flash sales at a specific day every week which will only run for a few hours.

2. Know the regular rates

For the destinations that you wish to go to someday, do a test-booking in the airline websites to find out what the regular rates are so you’ll know if you’re really getting a good discounted ticket price or not. For example, a round trip ticket to Incheon, South Korea will usually have a Php16-20k price tag (one way for Php8-10k). When we booked during a seat sale, we got our round trip tickets for Php7.8-8k (one way for Php3.9-4k) — half of the regular price.

3. Be prepared with your details

Promos have the ‘until seats last’ fine print, the fewer seats left, the more expensive they get. When booking online, you must be swift as a coursing river, be a man! Even a minute or two is crucial. One dilemma that we’ve encountered when booking is when we’re inviting our friends to join us in the trip, we tend to waste a lot of precious time on waiting. Inviting friends to join you will involve a lot of calling, texting, and waiting for their replies and decision making. As we’ve said, every minute is vital! So if you have friends who you wish to invite for your future travels, better collect their information beforehand (full name and birthday).

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 4. Don’t pay upon booking

Now, what if your friends have to ask for permission from their boss or check if their schedule is clear on the dates you’ve chosen? What we do is we book the sure and unsure group separately and choose the payment center option (over-the-counter bank deposit, pay at convenience stores, etc). This will give you 24 hours to settle the payment, which will be cancelled if you don’t. This way, you won’t end up paying for people who won’t be coming anyway with your credit card. This will also give you more time to decide for yourself if you really want to push through with the trip.

5. Ditch the additional charges

Think about it, do you really want to spend a couple of hundred bucks for a reserved seat when you can actually just request a seat beside a window during check-in or pay for  miscellaneous fees like in-flight meals when you’ll only be flying for a couple of hours?  You’ll be paying for a cheaper plane ticket when you uncheck those boxes.

 6. Travel light (Beep’s special skill)

Did you know that you can modify your baggage allowance when booking plane tickets online? We hope you do because this one is important if you want to get big savings. Choose the ‘hand-carry only/no baggage’ option so you won’t have to pay for baggage allowance that you don’t need anyway. Just take note of the hand carry weight limitations of each airline. (We’ll be talking more about packing light soon in the blog!)

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Photo from Lifehack

 7. Adjust your dates for peak season 

If you’re going somewhere for a festival or event, expect that the plane ticket prices will be more expensive on the days before and after the festival, even during seat sales. Travel on dates ahead or later to get the lowest prices.

 

How about you, do you also have some tried and tested seat sale booking tips and tricks that you want to share? :)

Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.
  • http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/ Gaye @ Pinay Travel Junkie

    YEY! New post ever(?)! Awesome tips here.

    Here’s mine: For long haul flights, use a passenger flight search engine to easily find options. Then look up each carrier individually (if itinerary includes 2-3 connecting flights) to see if there are current specials.

    • travelswithahobo

      Wah! Our first ever comment is from you?! You’re one of the inspirations why we made this blog in the first place! :D Thank you so much for dropping by and for the tip! We really appreciate it, idol! :)

      • http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/ Gaye @ Pinay Travel Junkie

        Eep, I was meaning to say “first post ever”. LOL. Anyhoo, aww, thanks for the kind words! I thrive on reading other people’s adventures. Can’t wait to hear yours, guys :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/megsiasoco MEG

    Book your flights at least 6 months before your desired travel date. Most airline companies have their seat sale during this time.

    I booked a flight MNL-Malaysia-MNL for just Php 3200! :)

    • travelswithahobo

      Hi Meg! Haha thank you for dropping by and for the tip! :)

  • kAe*

    Meg is right. It is cheaper if you plan your travel ahead of time and book flights atleast 6 months from the desired travel date. My boyfriend and I always do this. We also stay up late to get good deals from airlines. And might as well register to airlines’ website to get exclusive promos! :D

    • http://www.travelswithahobo.com/ Travels with a Hobo

      LOL @ the staying up late. Good thing Beep and I are used to late night chats so I get to tell him ASAP if there’s a good deal sent in my email through the airline newsletters. Thanks for sharing KD! :)

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  • Anabeth Ty

    A good connection is the key to get that cheap flight, since connecting to the website can be a bit struggle and congested..

    I got my tix for SK @ 2300php with baggages ^__^v

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