I hope you’re as excited about this guest post as I am! This post was written by Chris from FlightCanvas.net – a subscription service that provides several emails a week sharing the best airfare deals from the US to Europe, Asia, and around the world. Learn how to travel almost anywhere for $500 round trip and check out Flight Canvas to save time on your search. Also, don’t forget to enter the $75 giveaway at the end of this article. Now, on to Chris….
Most of us think that we only have a say in our travel budget when it comes to the choice of hotels or which restaurants we choose to dine in. We assume the big expenses, like our flights, are non–negotiable. After all, we have to GET to the destination to even have a vacation. At times our flights alone cost us the equivalent of all other combined expenses, but we grin and bear it because, well, what choice do we have?
It turns out we have a lot more choice than we think. Flying for less is both a science and an art. The science of cheap flights is in the when, the what and the how; the times to search, what to look for, and how to find it.
Sifting through the game changing results – therein lies the art. If you want to save hundreds, or even thousands, on your next vacation, remember to:
Be as Flexible as Possible with Your Dates
Flexibility is key, both in points of departure and dates of travel. What are the nearby airports and how far is too far to drive? A few hours drive can save a lot of money, but it might not always be an option. Make a list of airports which are an option for you.
Have an idea for dates, but keeping a margin of flexibility could be the difference between a $500 flight and a $1200 flight. Figure out how much wiggle room you have before you begin your search; it will save you a lot of time in the end.
Utilize Points – But Not How You Might Think
Airline miles are always considered as a way to a destination – but there’s another way to think about them. They are a way to get to an airport with a deal. Living on the east coast US, it’s almost impossible to find flights to Asia for under $500. However, Seattle and San Francisco constantly have great deals to China, Japan, or even Thailand.
If you can use your points to get to the west coast, and turn that portion into a mini trip. Instead of paying $1000 for a flight from Washington DC to Tokyo, you could pay $500 for Seattle to Tokyo and get a free flight with airline points from Washington DC to Seattle. You’ll see an extra destination for half the price.
Remember That It Takes Time to Find the Best Deals
To get the best deal, it will take 30 minutes a day to see what’s available and where. Don’t have a single destination in mind? Look all over the world. Some of my best adventures have been had by finding the cheapest flight to anywhere, with open dates. China, next week for $550 round trip? You betcha!
For people who don’t want to spend the time searching, I just launched Flight Canvas as a way to receive the best-priced round trip tickets from the US to all corners of the earth for $2.99 a month. So, for about $36 a year (or $25 if you pay in advance), you can save hundreds on flights without breaking the bank!
Some of the recent deals we’ve featured include:
- San Francisco to Seoul for $379 round trip
- San Francisco to Tokyo for $408 round trip
- Miami to Helsinki for $406 round trip
- Washington DC to Dublin for $317 round trip
By constantly searching the web for the best deals, carrier mistakes, and seasonal specials, we’ve been able to help people saving anywhere from 20-50%+ on their airfare.
In the age of instant information availability, there’s no reason to ever pay more than $1000 to fly to Europe or Asia.
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For the comments: What do you look for when traveling by plane: the best deals, the highest level of comfort, great customer service, or something else entirely? Thanks for sharing your insights!