Save money on summer airfares

With summer travel just around the corner, now is the time many families and individuals are looking for ways to save money on air travel.

Here’s AAA’s best tips:

  • Book early. Air carriers want to fill every seat on the plane. They base their rates on supply and demand. Prices will be higher on flights with few available seats. Conversely, when empty seats are in high supply, the prices are adjusted to entice travelers to book.
  • Shop on a Monday or Tuesday, between midnight and 5 a.m. Any flights – booked during the day that are not paid in full – are released at midnight, a time when most people are sleeping. This means more seat availability, reduced demand and cheaper airfares.
  • Delete computer cookies. If you check an air carrier’s website multiple times a day and notice the price of the same flight has increased, try deleting your computer cookies. Otherwise, the website may remember that you visited before and might not show the lowest price available.
  • Travel during off-peak times. Airfares are often much cheaper for early morning or late-night flights. Since these times are inconvenient for travelers, fares tend to be cheaper.
  • Get quotes from regional airports. Regional airports often offer cheaper flights than international airports.
  • Bundle. Travelers can find incentive pricing when booking their airfare together with a hotel and/or rental car.
  • Use a travel agent. Take advantage of the expertise of a qualified travel agent to help save time and money.

Busiest Days to Travel

  • Friday, Sunday, and Monday (Domestic): Heavier traffic days with Americans departing or returning from business trips or extended weekends.
  • Weekends (International): The majority of international travelers start their vacations on a weekend.

Attention International Flyers

If you are going on an international flight, be sure your passport is up to date. If your passport is set to expire within six months of your return date, you will not be permitted to board the plane. Also, consult with a travel agent to learn more about visa and immunization requirements at your destination.

For more information, visit AAA.com/mobile.