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There’s no worse feeling than booking your flight, getting excited about your trip, and then having an airline rain on your parade by offering everyone else a better price. It obviously happens all the time, but is it just a matter of luck that the person sitting next to you paid half the price?

Chances are that it could have been luck, but it’s more likely that they knew how to find the best travel deals to save on flights.

Flights are often the biggest expense of a trip, so they shouldn’t be something you book blind. Use our following tips to know that what you’re paying is not overpriced.

Book on a Tuesday

Booking your flights on a Tuesday sounds random enough to be an airline myth, but you will actually find lower fares.

Airlines tend to announce deals on Monday evenings, which means by noon the next day, competing airlines are scrambling to match the lower prices so they can stay in the game. So while you should definitely start looking at flights beforehand to gather a ballpark price, log back on come Tuesday and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday is also usually the cheapest day to fly as it’s an inconvenient day for those who plan travel around their work week. Fewer people traveling means less demand and a better deal for you!

This post has some fabulous insight on how you can save in 2017, making sure you’re always getting the best airfare!

Look For Error Fares

Ever wished you could fly from Los Angeles to Australia for $200 return? You can if you’re savvy enough to catch an error fare! These are exactly what they sound like – a mistake by the airline or travel agency which results in a shockingly low fare.

These fares are generally hard to pin down, but the easiest way to find them are with sites like Fly4free who are usually the first to publish error fare alerts. This way you can buy amazingly cheap mistakenly priced tickets before they expire or get fixed.

But if you do find an error fare, book it quickly, and don’t go out of your way to tell the airline. Chances are that if an alert has gone out about an error fare, the airline probably knows too, and these are generally fixed immediately. And there is a clause in most terms and conditions which allows an airline to cancel and refund mispriced tickets – so don’t rely on these for important travel, and don’t bring attention to your fare.

Bookmark a Deals Website

Some people really enjoy searching and comparing flights for themselves, but if you’re short on time or don’t care for exhaustive research there are a lot of websites who are already searching for the most amazing flight deals and sharing their findings. The aforementioned Fly4free being one of them.

Using Fly4free as an example, the site is set up blog style, with all recent error fares and deal alerts listed on the homepage, and destination specific filters at the top of the site. So if you’re feeling spontaneous you can scroll through the homepage, or if you’re tracking flights specifically from Australia, filter where you’re flying from.

When you find a site you like, bookmark it, and be sure to follow their social media accounts – twitter and Facebook page. Most deal alerts tend to go out over social media as soon as they are uploaded to the site.

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    30 Comments

  1. Cool article! We’ve always been the “Tuesday Bookers” but that fly4free site looks pretty awesome too!

    • Thanks Jim! Ever since we realized the Tuesday booking trick we’ve been Tuesday bookers too … it actually makes a difference! And yes, definitely check out fly4free – it’s a great resource for info and notifications on cheap fares :)

  2. Book on a Tuesday, who knew? Thanks for the tip, Megan, I’m joining the Tuesday Bookers club.

    • We should all hang out in a Skype club or something every Tuesday to be nerdy and search flights :D

  3. Wow, this is interesting and cool article. I didn’t know about this yet and I’ll surely bear your tips in mind cause this is really a big help. Thank you so much for taking time to write this tips. I actually have just heard about error fares, I hope I get the chance to book a flight with that kind of chance.

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

    • I’m glad that we could help you, and introduce you to what an error fare is :) Hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of one soon! Definitely check out Fly4free to keep an eye out.

  4. Such a great post. I always wondered when it was the best time to buy flights and thought it was Wednesday. Now I know that it is Tuesday :)

    • Thanks Candy, yes, jump online on a Tuesday and the fares are generally the lowest they will be :) Happy travels!

  5. Thanks for these great tips. I knew that Tuesdays are good days to book. I never heard of error fares. Need to check that out. ?

    • You’re welcome Vibeke … glad we could introduce you to error fares :) Definitely check out Fly4free to keep an eye out.

  6. I’ve been wondering how to get those fare errors! I’m totally bookmarking that site! Thanks for that tip!

    • Yes, definitely check out Fly4free – easiest way to hear about error fares :) Hope you get one soon!

  7. Airfare is a major component of travel. Hence always looking at ways and means on how to optimize this. We do use various apps and sites for hunting out deals in airfares. Will check this one out too. Does look promising, hope I get some great deals and travel more :)

    • Absolutely – it’s usually one of the most costly parts of your trip, so always pays to save where possible. Hope you learn of some great deals through Fly4free :)

  8. As much as I love the idea of error fares.. I can never be asked to stay on top of them enough. I shop around a bit but then just buy whichever is cheapest, but more importantly for me, fastest. Traveling with a toddler means I don’t want to be anywhere mid travel for toooo long haha.

    • I know, it’s such a pain to try and track multiple websites and you either have to be lucky or online at all times!! But Fly4free is great and I follow them on Facebook and twitter to get alerts as soon as something pops up … saves the hassle of staying on top of things myself!

      The fastest route is definitely something I would consider with a toddler too! Happy travels :)

  9. I agree with buying tickets on Tuesdays! I didnt think it was real at first but everytime I checked out flights on Tuesdays, they’re waaaay cheaper than the other days. Thanks for the tips!!

    • Sounds like something which could totally be a myth right! I thought so too, but it’s actually true! Has saved us much money on flights by booking on Tuesdays :) Glad you enjoyed the post X

  10. Its great to know that on Tuesdays we get lowest airfare deals….thanks for sharing this information

    • Glad we could help … happy travels!

  11. I’ve known for awhile to book on Tuesday but never knew why. It makes so much sense that it’s because it’s the day after airlines announce their deals. I will always make sure to book on a Tuesday!

    • Glad we could offer an explanation for you :) Happy travels!

  12. This is such an informative post, Megan and Mike! You make traveling on a budget seem so easy! :)

    • Thanks Agness, I’m glad that we could help :) Happy travels!

  13. Tuesday booking is a tip that works well, i find around noon to 2pm pacific is when i see the new deals starting to pop up! I also like to use a flight tracker like google flights to watch for those low priced days! Good tips!

    • Awesome to hear you’ve been taking advantage of the Tuesday discounts too :) Flight trackers are a great resource – thanks for the tip!

  14. Hello Megan,

    This is a nice article on best travel deals and discounts. The tip you shared like Tuesday booking etc is really great. Keep it up!

    • Glad we could help, happy travels!

  15. hey Megan,
    Airfare information about doing the booking on tuesdays is quite helpful. keep sharing!

    • The Tuesday trick is an awesome hack, so glad we could share it with you Kunal :) Happy travels!

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