While the current global economic climate doesn’t make it easy for every industry to thrive, there’s one that’s seemingly doing very well if you’re looking at the prices they’re able to charge the customer, and that’s the airline industry. Airline ticket prices continue to rise, while seating space and amenities on the flights appear to be on the decline.

While airline ticket prices may be rising annually, most people either have to or want to travel and for many of us, it’s a combination of both. 

So what are your options if you need airline tickets, but you can’t afford the expense? The best thing to do is discover smart ways to find great deals.

Use Google Flights

Google Flights is an excellent travel tool that saves people time and money. As with most Google offerings, it’s designed for efficiency and to do the work for the user. Google Flights can be used not only for basic flight searches but also to uncover and explore new destinations. If you already have your destination in mind, go ahead and add your dates, where you’re leaving from and the airport you’ll be flying into, and let Google do the rest for you, including sending you updates when fares are low. That way, you’re not spending your time constantly checking travel sites. Google Flights also has a feature that lets you pull up a calendar showing the lowest fares around a certain date. 

Shop Around For Deals and Coupons

There are plenty of travel sites like Yatra.com, which let users gain access to not only cheap fare finder tools but also discount codes and coupons. If you book through their site, they’ll give you significant discounts in some cases, particularly if you fly on particular airlines. Unfortunately, many travelers don’t realize they can use coupon codes and discounts to book cheaper flights through third-party sites. 

Know The Right Times to Buy

If you’re familiar with traveling at all, you’ve probably already heard that you can save quite a bit of money on airline tickets if you know not just where to buy, but when to buy. However, there’s no always consensus about the optimal times to make the purchase of your next airline ticket. One way to determine the right time is to use price trend tools available on many travel sites. Many experts recommend trying to actually buy tickets on the weekend, which goes against the popular wisdom that says you should buy midweek, but research has shown this can be the time tickets are the lowest.

Buy a Non-Refundable Ticket

Non-refundable tickets can be intimidating, particularly if you’re concerned your travel plans could change, but if you’re willing to take the chance you can save a lot of money. In some cases, many of these “non-refundable” tickets are refundable within a 24-hour window if plans quickly change or you get buyer’s remorse.

Flying can be fun, but also costly. Do your research, take your time and try to take steps that can help you save money so you can put more toward your actual travels and less toward getting there.

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