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Looking for Cheap Plane Tickets? Try These 3 Simple Travel Hacks for Low Airfares
Scoring a cheap flight can be easier if you follow a few specific steps.
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Leaves aren't the only things that'll be dropping this fall -- airplane ticket prices seem poised to decrease considerably.
In an interview with ABC News, Hopper economist Haley Berg shared that travelers can expect airfares in autumn that are 29% lower than this summer's prices. She also predicts that the best time to buy tickets for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays will be Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Whether it's travel for the holidays or for earlier this autumn, here's what you need to know about getting cheap plane tickets. From the cheapest day to fly to our picks for the best travel credit cards, we'll give you the tips you need to find affordable flights.
If you've been scheduling your flights to take off and land on the weekend, you're doing it all wrong. According to a recent Google study, flying during the middle of the week will get you the best deal. On those days, tickets are roughly 12% to 20% cheaper than flying on a weekend day.
For economy tickets, prices on Tuesday and Wednesday are generally 24% lower than peak prices, saving you roughly $85 per ticket, CNET's Sophia Fox-Sowell reports.
The most expensive day to fly? Sunday. Avoid scheduling flights for this day if you want to save money.
Book one-way flights instead of round trips
Booking one-way flights may not be as convenient as round-trip tickets, but it gives you more options to choose from. You can book through different airlines for the best prices on the days you plan on flying. For instance, Delta may be cheaper flying to your destination, but American may be cheaper coming back.
"There have been many cases where booking two one-way flights with two different airlines is less expensive than booking a round trip with a single airline," according to The Points Guy, a sister site of CNET.
If you're looking to save a little bit more money when flying, consider booking through a budget airline. They're generally cheaper than larger airlines like United and Delta and can save you several hundred dollars.
However, you'll likely have to pay additional fees for carry-on bags and other amenities that are generally free through other airlines. You'll also be assigned a random seat unless you pay to choose your seat, which can be inconvenient if you're flying with a group and you want to sit together.
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