I am a planner, an organiser.
Not when I see or get word of an airline sale though.
When it comes to holidays and travel though I often just see an airline sale and book. I might mention some dates to Andrew across the living room and do a quick school holiday scanning but mostly I just book bargain fares and then plan.
This happened when Airasia had a 1 hour flash sale. I had seen the email and then received about 10 phone calls from friends! I booked 5 tickets from Melbourne to Penang return for $400. At the time I had 3 windows open on the laptop willing to go to Penang, Vietnam or Langkawi. ( the 3 places on sale!)
Another example this year I had booked flights via KL to Sri Lanka and this was going to be our big adventure. I booked about 8 months out. I then saw a sale to Japan and booked that too.
I then realised there was only 5 weeks in between holidays!
We loved both of those adventures and can’t wait to get back into the air again. I am just waiting for a good flight sale to come up! ( Seriously though we are staying in our home state for the rest of this year just incase anyone from school is reading this!)
Our top tips for finding and booking the best budget airline flights!
- Sign up to the airlines newsletters and alerts to get a heads up on sales. I am currently signed up to Airasia, Jetstar, Scoot and Tiger.
- Check flights with Skyscanner and sign up for alerts. Skyscanner lets you search for any destination and allows you to book direct with airline or other sites. I love the option of typing in Melbourne to ANYWHERE just to see where we could go!
- If you have to stick to school holidays have the dates written down next to you. Often you will find that just leaving a few days before end of term works out more affordable.
- The last thing I want to do at 3am is try to read passport numbers and type them. Being signed up or a member to an airline like Airasia means that you don’t have to plug in all the passport details ( they can be saved) right there at sale time.
- Have a budget in mind and stick to it! Research current prices so you have an idea of what you should be paying or are willing to pay.
- Be flexible! sometimes you have to have a longer connection time to get the cheaper flights.
- I never prebook seats or luggage on budget airlines as it adds to the ticket price necessarily as we aim to travel carry on only and have always been seated together.
- Pay using Paypal as there are no fees involved. ( updated to add that using POLI will add $1.50 per booking)
- Press that BOOK NOW button and enjoy the planning and adventure!
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