How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets


Although Philadelphia may be experiencing a few last-minute snowstorms, it’s time to start planning your summer vacation! Stick to a travel budget by following these tricks to find cheap airline tickets.

Four Tips to Find Cheap Airline Tickets

Identify the Cheapest Day to Book Flights

The typical rule of thumb for getting the best deals is to book flights six weeks in advance of your trip. While it sounds like a good idea to plan months ahead of time, booking six weeks ahead of your departure date tends to offer the lowest prices for passengers. Flights are usually cheaper at the beginning of the week, so consider purchasing tickets on a Tuesday. Keep in mind that deals vary frequently, so don’t limit your search.

Consider Booking the Cheapest Days to Fly

For domestic travel, Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly. There are more empty seats on this day, so discounted prices are easier to come by. Airlines will release more seats at their lowest price. If you can’t swing a trip midweek, Tuesdays and Saturdays are also cheap days to fly. Catch the first flight of the morning (around 4 a.m.) to minimize the ticket price point. Airlines offer affordable tickets during the lunch or dinner hours as well.

Check Prices Often

Don’t miss your chance to snag the perfect deal to book your vacation. Checking listings often increases your options for low-cost tickets. Airlines post a limited number of seats at a reduced fare at night, so search for morning deals. Other discounted tickets may be released throughout the day, so check as frequently as possible. Sign up for free alerts on Airfarewatchdog.com to find out when the best deals have been posted.

Check Multiple Listings

Be sure to check multiple listings when booking flights. Comparison sites like kayak.com or Expedia.com® search hundreds of travel sites at once and provide various price points. Even if a price seems like a steal, consider extra fees like checked or carry-on baggage that may increase the cost once you arrive at the airport. See our post on hidden costs for more tips on how to recognize these extra fees.
Preparing for your summer vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. If you plan to fly to your destination make sure to book flights on the best day for discounts, travel on the cheapest days for flights, frequently check prices, and view multiple listings. Following these tips means you’ll have more money to spend making memories on vacation.


Erin Ellis
Accredited Financial Counselor ®
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union