Have you ever wonder, when is the right time to book airline flights online? Am I too early? But, I don’t want to book too late as I do not want to miss out on the good deals. How can I save on my airline flights ticket?
These are all the typical questions one will have when looking for the next destinations. I encountered it too. Often, with a limited budget, I wish that my timing will always be on the right side. Throughout my flying experience, I have managed to learn a little bit of experience to help me secure cheaper tickets to Malaysia.
Here are my top 5 secrets
1) Book in advanced
Yes, you heard it right. Most of the times, when you plan your trip ahead, book your tickets early, then you will most probably save a lot of money. Usually, it is the last minute plan will cost you the fortune. However, like what I have posted in my last article, there is still the probability that you can find good last-minute deals, however, it is very rare. Especially on peak seasons. Therefore, to save money on your flight ticket, try to book in advanced. From my experience, usually for international flights, the one that crossing over continents, 4 months in advanced is just the right time. Do not go overboard by booking say, a year ahead. You will less likely pay for the right value.
2) Compare flight ticket prices
This is the second most important step in getting cheap flight ticket. Always compare your flight ticket prices. No matter what! Do not go out of your way and buy the very ticket you ever found. Do a little bit more research and you are good to go. If you do not bound to any frequent flyer program yet, or you have not enrolled one yet, look at all possibilities. Check every courier, every single airline out there. Be a little open minded and embrace different airlines that you may never hear before. If you have no clue on how to compare flight ticket prices or simply do not have the time to do it, you can always sign up for your preferred airline price alerts or your preferred travel provider email list.
3) Choose flight with transit
While nonstop flight is surely a convenient choice, there is no harm to try out flight with a stopover for the sake of having cheaper flight. A stopover or layover is when an airline makes a stop to a destination first before heading to the next one. When flying with transits, most probably you will have to change plane and go through the boarding process all over again. As for me, I like a stopover, but I will try to keep it minimum. I will also try to stretch the transit time a little bit longer so I can go out of the airport and explore the city. More opportunity to travel! Why waste it? Even better, for some routes that have inevitable stopover with a very long transit time, the airlines will provide you with free accommodation. So, make sure you check first.
The only thing you need to be wary when flying this way is to keep track on your time and make sure your check in luggage destination when you check in for the first time at your origin airport. Make sure your luggage’s final destination is the same as your final airport. Oh, one more thing, do not lose your boarding passes for the next flights. You will likely be fined if you lose it and of course, who needs that extra fuss?
4) Avoid peak seasons
By all means, never travel during peak seasons. There are many reasons why you should avoid peak seasons, not only because of the soaring price ticket, the price for accommodations will also rise up. Plus, most of the hot spots for vacations will be crowded with tourists during these times.
For your information, the peak seasons for Malaysia are;
- Mid-term school holiday – June
- End of year school holiday – November & December
- Other public holidays – For the list of Malaysian’s Public Holidays, please click here.
5) Book on Tuesday
This is the tip that I gained from my readings and research online. It is because some airlines release their last minute weekend deals on a Tuesday, as they tend to start their sales on a Monday evening, then, when competitors scramble to compete, by Tuesday afternoon you could be bagging a sweet bargain on your airfare. You may do the research yourself.
That is it for now.
Don’t wait, go grab your next flight to Malaysia!