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Things to Consider before Booking a Flight Ticket

Ever wondered how someone you know, who isn’t necessarily “rich”, can afford to travel around the world and hop in and out of flights all the time? It seems baffling to most people, but travel doesn’t necessarily have to be as expensive as you might think, not if you plan it well.

One of the biggest expenses when it comes to traveling is the flight tickets. However, there are a lot of tips, tricks, and hacks that can ensure you make your travels a lot more economical. In this article, we’ll explore how to book flights smartly.
 
However, before you even set foot on a flight, you should arm yourself with a reliable travel insurance that will offer a financial buffer to you in case of emergencies.

 

​Set Price Trackers
Do you want to take advantage of sudden and temporary low prices on flights? You can use platforms like Kayak or Google Flights to set up free alerts for your flights. You can set up a range of dates you’re comfortable with and they’ll offer you alerts whenever the price drops to an all-time low. As such, you’ll be informed whenever there’s a great deal in sight!

Basic Economy Flights
A lot of flights come with “basic” economy deals these days. Basically, these are the bare essential flights. They’ll take you where you want to go but without any services. You can’t choose your own seats, you can’t check-in online, and sometimes you can’t even carry check-in baggage. If you’re alright with giving those up, then these are the cheapest means to travel.

Credit Card Points and Airline Miles
If you’re a frequent traveler, you should really focus on those credit card points and airline miles and start racking them up. There are some frequent travelers who can get a free business class flight without even paying for it, just because they’ve been collecting their airline miles and points. Additionally, you should look for credit cards that are meant for the purposes of travels. As such, the more you travel, the more points you gain, and pretty soon you can be traveling for a fraction of the cost!

Cash Back Sites
There are various sites like eBates and TopCashBack that offer a cash back feature on your flight bookings. You have to spend the same amount on flights. However, because you’re going through them, they offer a little cash back or refund points which you can redeem for your next flight!

Be Careful of those Cookies
Cookies are means by which your internet history and activities can be tracked by the sites you visit. This helps the internet understand you and your interests better, which helps curate your online experience. However, these cookies also keep track of your flight activities. As such, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that if you check flight prices for a location once, the prices will be hiked up the next time you check. To avoid this, clear out your cookies regularly.

These are some quick tips on how to be a smart flyer. Now all you have to do is get your tickets, your travel insurance​, and fly away!