Planning a trip can be time consuming and stressful when you are choosing to book flights. You have to consider what airline? What times? Do I have to stop somewhere to transit? Let alone, plan the other important things like accommodation, transfers and tours etc. Here are some tips you could use for next time you book your flights:
- Look for active promo codes online. You might come across a nifty code that can save up to % off flights and hotels.
- Check a travel agent. Whether it's Flight Centre, Hello World, Webjet, Skyscanner or Google are great starting points. If you do go ahead and book with an online travel agent, just be careful where this agency is located as they may not have the same customer support as you would with a local travel agent.
- Get cashback on flights you book online. Heard of CashRewards before? You could be eligible to earn % cashback with selected airlines when you book a flight via Cashrewards. Eligible transactions will be credited to you after travel and can be deposited to your bank account afterwards.
- Use your frequent flyer points. Don't save your points to buy a toaster or gift card. There's more value for you to use your points towards a reward seat or upgrades on the plane. Flybuys, Qantas and Velocity points can contribute to the total cost of the trip. If you are almost at your point target, you could possibly top up your points. Qantas and Velocity have these options available.
- Check the search results for 1 person vs multiple people as airlines generally reserve a number of seats at different price points within the same cabin. So consider this, when you search 2 people, the flight says $249 per person; when you search 1 person for the same flight, it comes up as $ $199 per person. Might work out if you book 2 separate reservations and link/seat everyone together afterwards.
- If you are flexible, look for multiple +/- your dates. Check what events are occurring in your origin or destination as prices can be directly influenced.
- Use the fee free options for payment. Eg. Poli or Bpay. Beats incurring the additional card payment fee % on top of your fare.
- Purchase one or multiple gift vouchers. They do not charge card payment fees on these gift vouchers.
- Book now, Pay later. Laybys, Afterpay or even Hold this Price can work to your advantage if you see a Sale fare or you are experiencing cashflow issues.
- Double check whether you need that meal or travel insurance? The opt in buttons on airline or travel agency websites can be a sneaky way for you to pay more on top of your travel package. You might have a credit card that has complimentary insurance or lounge access already inclusive.
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