After forking over tens of thousands of dollars for a wedding who wants to pay through the nose for a honeymoon? To help you get the best possible deal on your romantic vacation we appealed to the travel experts at Vayama. Read on for their top seven money-saving tips.
#1 - Travel Midweek International travel deals are entirely based on availability and since most people travel over the weekend (Friday & Saturday); you will find the cheapest international airfare deals if you travel midweek, usually departing and returning on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
#2 - Spend Saturday Night Business travelers fly home on the weekend, so most discounted international airfare deals require a Saturday night stay. Be prepared to spend Saturday at your destination.
#3 - Don’t Book Too Early or Too Late Most people realize that an international ticket booked with less than three days notice will be very expensive, but it will also be pricey if you book too far in advance. Most airlines start competing for passengers around three to four months before departure. Search for your international airfare about three to five months out and you will be in the best position to score a deal.
#4 - Fly Trough the Side Door If your desired destination is sold out (too expensive), try flying out of a secondary international airport. The same works with your destination airports; If London isn't an option, try Brussels, Amsterdam or even Stuttgart. You can use the savings to book a low cost inter-Europe flight to London or you can jump on the Eurostar train from Paris or Brussels.
#5 - Fly Seasonally Most budget travelers never fly during high season. They take advantage of the lower airfares and decent weather during the ‘shoulder season’. Europe’s fall shoulder season starts around September 15th and extends until the middle of November. It’s spring shoulder season starts in mid February and extends until the end of April. For the cheapest deals to New Zealand and Australia, fly in mid August, their fall and winters are quite mild and still allow you to enjoy the many outdoor adventures available Down Under. For Asia, fly from late September through November to get the lowest airfare deals. South America’s low season is anytime except Christmas, New Year’s, Carnival or a school holiday.
#6 - Use the Multiple Flights Function Vayama has a ‘multiple flights’ function on it’s ‘find a flight’ box. It’s a good idea to use it because it may be cheaper to fly into one city and return from another (for example; New York to London, returning from Amsterdam). Play around with different combinations and save.
#7 - Add a Stopover and Save Flights with at least one stopover are typically cheaper than nonstop flights, particularly when you fly long haul. For example the fares for a New York to Johannesburg flight will be cheaper on airlines that add a stopover (usually in Europe, Africa or the Middle East) versus the nonstop option from New York. The same applies to long haul flights to Asia. One stop in Seoul or Taipei could shave hundreds of dollars off an India trip when compared to nonstop flights.
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