Overseas Airfares Are Still Going Up — But You Can Beat the Price Rise With These Tricks

Paying a lot for a flight doesn’t make much emotional sense. Granted, the aeroplane is a marvel of technology that blasts terrible yet luxury-priced fossil fuels into the atmosphere. However, when you’re cramped inside of a small metal tube for 12 hours, eating the driest satay chicken ever, you might start questioning your life choices.

Moreover, flights are uber expensive at the moment. Data from the search engine KAYAK demonstrates that international flights were 14% more expensive in July when compared to the prices in May.

That’s why it’s vital that you hunt to get the best dealios that are out in the marketplace. Nevertheless, it can be a lonely journey. That’s why we are here to support you in this economic quest. Here’s some advice to help you get the best flight prices that are out there:

When Is the Best Time to Book a Flight?

If you want a cheap flight, the weekend isn’t your best bet. As Stephanie Yip, a travel expert at Finder noted, “Weekend flights from Friday to Sunday are often the most expensive and most in demand.”

Yip instead recommended flying out on a weekday, specifically Tuesday. This is because flights are most often the least wallet pummelling prices on that date. 

Moreover, you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to book your flight. “Book as early as you can,” explained Yip. “If you see a cheap international fare – snag it straight away.”

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What Should I Do If My Dream Holiday Is Too Expensive? 

First off, don’t give up on your dreams and book that cheap local motel again. Yes, I know they have Foxtel, but there are ways to buy more affordable flights out of here.

“If you have a destination in mind but the price is too high, set up a price alert to be notified whenever the fare changes,” explained Yip. “Booking sites such as KAYAK and Skyscanner offer this while airlines, including Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin, will often send you reminder emails about past searches.”

Should I Get Travel Insurance? 

The long and short of it: Yes. As Yip declared, “This will ensure you’re covered for things like cancellation costs, including those the airline might not cover such as pre-paid accommodation.”

Additionally, some popular places like Singapore have mandated certain travel insurance. This country wants you to be covered by insurance for all the COVID-related medical expenses you might need whilst on vacation. 

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