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Secret tips for buying flight tickets 101 (part 2)

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What is your style of buying airline ticket when you prepare for travel?
Playplanet found very practical tips for saving money for buying flight tickets. Scott Keyes wrote very specifically how to buy reasonable price tickets! Thank you Scott 🙂

Scott Keyes, a reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books “How To Fly For Free” and “How To Find Cheap Flights” is an expert at finding affordable airfare. With his 5 years of experience of searching for airline deals, Keyes now knows the best websites, tricks, and tips for getting tickets for cheap prices.

7. Fly on the cheapest possible days

Cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. If you’re going home to visit your parents over a long weekend and were planning to fly in Friday and leave on Sunday, search Thursday to Saturday or even Friday to Monday instead to see if there’s a cheaper alternative.

8. Don’t be afraid to complain (politely)

If something goes wrong — say the TV in your seat isn’t working or there are mechanical issues with the plane — it will never hurt to send an email to the airline politely informing them of the problem. 

The key is to be polite, give the airline all of your information (what seat you were in, the flight number, etc.), and inform them that usually you love flying with them, which is why you were so surprised by the inconvenience.

“As long as your grievance is somewhat legitimate (and not outside the airline’s control like the weather), most of the time you’ll actually get some sort of compensation,” Keyes said.

9. Be open to getting bumped

One of the most dreaded travel experiences is being bumped from a plane or having a delay. But Keyes insists that this is a fantastic way to earn free money or frequent flyer miles.

If a flight is full and you’re not under any tight timeline, take advantage of being bumped and ask the ticketing agent if you can get money or frequent flyer miles instead of flight vouchers for your inconvenience (they’ll usually honor your request).

10. Open credit cards (smartly) to get lots of miles

Keyes currently had 25 credit cards that he uses to get hundreds of thousands of miles and points, which ultimately helps him fly for free. He monitors his credit score, always pays off his credit cards in full each month, and keeps track of his miles and cards at websites like AwardWallet.

Though that sounds like a lot of work, it’s a lifestyle that Keyes has built up to.

“Over time, you start to ramp up your credit cards slowly but surely,” Keyes said. “Don’t go open six cards right off the bat, but go at your own comfort level and slowly work your way up.”

11. Choose credit cards that give you the best perks

“I enjoy flying because I can get into these lounges and that just makes the experience a whole lot more pleasurable,” Keyes said. “You can have free beer and free WiFi and get out of the hustle and bustle. They even have perks like showers in here and free spas.”

To access the luxurious world of airport lounges, Keyes uses his credit card perks. Every airport has different lounges and it just depends on the credit card whether it will give you access or not. Do some research about what lounges are at your most frequented airports and see if there is a travel credit card you can sign up for to access them.

12. Get a free stopover trip with your frequent flyer miles

Airlines charge a set number of frequent flyer miles for certain places around the world, no matter where you go. For instance, an economy ticket from the US to Eastern Asia on United will cost you 65,000 miles, whether you’re traveling to Taipei or Tokyo.

But Keyes said that airlines will let you have a free stopover with your frequent flyer miles – something many people don’t realize. That means you can book a flight from the US to Tokyo, but fly back to the US from Taipei.

You’ll need to book separate travel accommodations to get from Tokyo to Taipei, but the ticket will likely be pretty affordable. 

13. Make your miles go further with long layovers

Most frequent flyer users don’t realize that you can take a layover of less than 24 hours for an unlimited amount of flights.

If you’re willing to do the legwork and research, you could see a lot of different countries on your way to a destination with this hack.

“Say you’re flying in the South Pacific and you’re willing to spend less than a day in each place, you can fly from New Zealand to Cook Island to Guam to Singapore to Bangkok and basically do all this for the price of one awards flight,” Keyes said.

You may not be able to soak up the feel of each city for only a day, but it just goes to show that with a little planning, you can see the world.

You can read more from http://read.bi/1HXuLYz for more information!

Hope this article helped you with buying cheap flights!

Do not hesitate to make an action when there is a chance for it!

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