Cheap Airfares: How to get low fares?
Sat 09 Feb 2013
Almost all low cost carriers sell their lowest cost fares exclusively through their own website. This is generally the cheapest tickets.
Do you know the cheap airline carriers? most are listed below for you.
A lot of travel sites appear to offer discount fares which appear great at first. These sites generally don’t quote surcharges, taxes and other costs. These sites and agents often earn commissions from airlines which is how they make their money and stay in business. Go direct to the Airlines. Only occasionally or through special connections can even lower rates be achieved.
Don’t assume major carriers will not discount. Check the major carriers websites also. Major carriers often have more frequent flights and a higher capacity to fill.
Secondly use www.skyscanner.net
This is the Google for Plane Tickets. Example search ‘Sydney’ to ‘Everywhere’ for the month of ‘June’. This site is most recommended. However some low cost carriers are not listed with this site. The Majority are making this a good starting point.
Low Cost Carriers & on-line services
Low cost carriers often impose (very) low baggage allowances. These can be as low as 10-15kg for one item only but some carriers offer generous allowances. Dont assume & check the carriers rules before booking. They generally rigidly enforce excess allowances at check -in and require cash or credit card payment or they will refuse boarding. Don’t expect in-flight power sockets, music, video or magazines. Their website may have “on board” information that explains services available.
Parents with small children should call the airline and ensure any special requirements are available prior to booking. Change facilities may be simple or non-existent. Seating options may not be available or be very restrictive (ie bulkhead seats which offer no legroom).
Many low cost carriers do not provide meals, water or in flight entertainment. Some sell these on-board, but not all. With security arrangements changing around the world do not assume you can bring food or water on board. Check their website carefully prior to booking. Some airlines permit pre-booking of upgrades for meals, baggage and other services at a discount at booking. Walk-up payment is often over-priced or the quantity not available to meet demand. Be flexible and prepared prior to your flight. (Tip – Take tissues in case of low toilet paper supply)
Seat allocation for low cost carriers is generally either pre-booked as a preference at the time of booking or is not available until check-in. Once again, check the airline website carefully and read the terms and conditions prior to providing credit card details. To obtain best seats it is essential that you arrive as early as possible to the airport for check-in and seat allocation.
Low cost carriers:
Some airlines offer budget flights from one continent to another.
Air Arabia has cheap flights from the Middle East to South Asia, North Africa and Turkey.
AirAsia X flies from Malaysia to Australia, China, Taiwan, India and used to fly European destinations at London-Stansted and Paris-Orly. Sadly AirAsia announced 12 Jan 2012 the cancellation of its European routes: Paris Orly, London Gatwick, Mumbai and Delhi.
AirBerlin, based in Germany, flies intercontinental to Asia, the Americas, and Africa
Air transat is a charter airline that flies from Canada to points in Europe, Florida and some Caribbean countries.
Atlas Blue low cost flights between North Africa and many European destinations including France, Spain, Italy and the UK.
Condor, based in Germany, flies to Europe and the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
Eurofly operates flights between New York and various locations in Italy.
Icelandair flies from Iceland to North America and Europe.
Iceland Express flies from Iceland to Europe and to New York and Winnipeg in North America.
JetAirFly flies from Europe to Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Dominican Rep., Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, Algeria, Jordan, Thailand,
Jetstar is flying in East Asia and Australasia up to Hawaii
Jazeera Airways is connecting airports in Middle East to North Africa, South East Europe and South Asia.
Point Afrique flies from France to Mali.
1. As you visit these Cheap Airline companies, susbscribe to their newsletters, this is a great way to be notified of new sales.
2. If you have time, regularly watching or paying attention to specific newsletters will help you identify patterns in their sales offers. Air Asia, for example will have a sale with the cheapest tickets running out quickly and the sale will continue with little tickets. When the sale ends, a new one generally starts within a week, and these may be for a later date. It is possible with a little luck, to buy discount tickets on almost all your flights, all the time (with prior notice)
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Expert traveler, Adrian has been in over 70 countries, stayed in mud huts and was once caught smuggling Vegemite in his trousers. Now he is on the speaking circuit and writes about his adventures.
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