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It is cheaper to buy a ticket online. Planet of Hotels is a meta-search engine for flights — we find the most favorable flight options.
It is necessary to fill in all search boxes (booking forms) — the departure point, flight destination, number of passengers, category (child, infant), luggage. You should also select the required criterion: the number of connections, price range, and desired airlines from the list.
You can buy a ticket from travel agents, tour operators, or at airport ticket offices. But it is cheaper to do it on the Internet — on airlines' websites, travel agencies, aggregators, or meta-search engines. The meta-search tool of the Planet of Hotels shows airline ticket options from different airlines. That is, you do not need to go to various websites to choose the most suitable flights.
During the vacation season, holidays, and festivals, tickets are always more expensive due to increasing demand. Therefore, if you fly in the low season and on weekdays, a ticket will cost cheaper as a rule.
Usually, tickets are put on sale 330 days in advance, and it is recommended to buy them 4-6 months before a departure. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are favorable days to search for flights, from 8 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM. On weekends, the price does not change much during the day. Approximately 1,5 months before a departure, airlines adjust the price of tickets. In most cases, the closer the departure date is, the more expensive it is. This is not the case with low-costers: You can buy the cheapest tickets from Ryanair 150-75 days before a departure (the price is about 20% lower than the average). The situation is similar with WizzAir, but in 100-75 days before a departure, the price of a ticket drops even more significantly — about two times lower than the average. The best time to buy at Ernest Airlines is 180-90 days before a flight (the price decreases by about 20%). Sometimes, companies sell the remaining tickets a few weeks or a month before a departure for a penny.
As a rule, evening and night flights can be booked cheaper than morning and day flights. But you should consider, for example, the need to pay for a cab or an extra night at the hotel. Low-cost carriers have the most expensive tickets on Sunday (+15-20% off the average price), and the cheapest tickets are on Tuesday and Wednesday (-15-20% off the average price). A departure on Friday and Saturday will cost you 5-10% more than the average price.
The cheapest destinations will be those with high competition. The more airlines perform flights on this route, the lower the ticket price is. Also, a connecting flight is usually cheaper than a direct flight.
You can find out exactly how much a flight cost by going to the seller's website, because the price may have changed. First of all, it concerns the tickets with discounts and promo rates, which are always limited in number. They could already be sold out, and the price could not be updated.
If you want to buy a ticket at the lowest price, you should bother about it in advance. Besides, not always the cheapest option is convenient and comfortable. When building a complicated route, you should pay attention to the connection points (you may need a transit visa). Often, there is a possibility of stopping on the way, leading to additional costs (a hotel, cab to the hotel). Meta-search of flights can offer options which will involve more than one airline. You should take into account the connecting time between flights. It is more reliable to choose a more extended connection, not less than two hours. Most cheap tickets are not subject to change or refund after the payment. You should consider all the peculiarities before pressing the "book" and "pay" buttons.
Fill in the booking form. Specify the type of trip — one way or a round trip, select departure and arrival airports, enter dates, specify the number of passengers, specify whether you will have luggage. After that, you should press the "Search" button. Choose the desired option from the ones you have found. Fill in your name and surname as indicated in the foreign passport, passport details, and birth date. Enter your cell phone number and e-mail address. Choose a payment form and click the "Book" button.
Until you click the "Pay" button, you agree to all the rules of the airline. It is necessary to read all conditions and restrictions concerning the ticket carefully. If the ticket is already paid for, you may have to pay the full price for the cancellation. Each airline has its own policy regarding the fare rules and conditions of their application.
Even the smallest passenger should have a ticket. When booking a ticket, fill out the form, selecting the desired passenger category. Babies aged 0 to two years old travel in the arms of one of their parents. For infants under six months, many airlines provide cradles for the installation of which there is a row at the beginning of the cabin. If you want to order this service (a cradle), you must inform the airline. You can take a folding stroller in your hand luggage on board.
After the payment, you will receive an email with a confirmation of your trip to the specified address. Your booking will be assigned a unique code consisting of 6 symbols (letters and numbers), as well as a ticket number. To check the flight status and your e-ticket, you need to go to the website of the airline in the "Management of the reservation" or "My booking," "My trip" section, enter the booking number and last name. After entering all the data, the system will identify you, and all the details of your trip will appear on the screen. If, for some reason, you do not receive an answer after entering all the data, you should contact the airlines.
Transportation of sports equipment requires a special request. When buying a ticket, please read the transportation rules and rates for your ski equipment, surfboard, diving equipment, or bicycle in advance. This luggage belongs to the special category. Transportation of special baggage must be requested at least 24 hours before the flight departure. It is necessary to contact the carrier, specify the dimensions and weight of the ammunition. Payment for sports equipment is possible either directly on the airline's website or during check-in at the airport before a departure.
The cheaper a ticket, the stricter its application rules are. Once booked, the ticket is not refundable and is not exchangeable in most cases. Often, the same airline offers several options. If the passenger is not sure about the plans of the trip, the agency or airline offers to buy a ticket at a more flexible fare, which involves changing the date of departure, a refund of the paid cost with minimal losses. All questions regarding date change or refund should be addressed directly to the airline or agency where the ticket was purchased. Contacts are indicated in an e-mail received after payment and the booking process is completed.
When you purchase a ticket, you agree with all the rules of the airline. A ticket is a personal financial electronic document. After the ticket is issued and paid for, the surname change is prohibited.
Airline tickets to anywhere in the world
Do you like to travel and do not miss a chance to save money? We recommend using the services of Planet of Hotels. Our search engine compares the best airline ticket prices in 5 booking systems, among 20 agencies, and 1500 airlines. We will offer direct flights and connecting flights, and you will make your own decision and create an appropriate route. The convenient search allows you to buy airline tickets quickly and safely.
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How to buy the cheapest air fare ticket
Airline tickets cover a huge part of your travel budget, and this money can be spent on more interesting things. We have some tips on how to get the cheapest flights.
Do not stick to specific dates
Is it not crucial for you to travel on weekends, holidays, or in the hot season? Flexibility in dates can save you a lot of money. For example, tickets from Monday to Thursday will be much cheaper than from Friday to Sunday. Of course, everything depends on the destination — it is cheaper to travel to some places in winter and to others — in summer.
Book the flights in advance
It would be best if you did this the sooner, the better. The best time to buy airline tickets is 5-6 weeks before the planned trip.
Choose connecting flights
As a rule, prices for connecting flights are lower than for direct flights. So if you have the time and do not mind visiting other cities — it is a great option to buy cheap flights.
Do not stick to a specific city/airport
Another way to save money is to choose another airport or even a city and create your future route from there. However, it is worth finding out the cost of traveling to the desired destination — sometimes, a taxi ride from a remote airport can equal the pricing of airline tickets.
Travel at night or early in the morning
One more tip — it is the best time to book the flight that departures at night or earlier in the morning. Such trips are usually cheaper.
Pack only the essentials with you
If you compare the price of an airline ticket with carry-on baggage only and extra luggage, you will see that it is much more cost-effective to travel light.