This blog post was updated on November 15, 2022.
One of the busiest times for online shopping is Cyber Monday. Every year, millions of people look for the best deals out there…with cheap flights being highly on demand too! But with all the marketing clutter popping up on your screens in the lead up to the big day, how do you nail down the best flights for your holiday? Even seasoned travelers are prone to making some crucial mistakes that could make them miss out on the cheapest flights out there. So, whatever you do, make sure you avoid these gaffes when looking for cheap Cyber Monday flights this year!
Ignoring the Fine Print
If you haven’t looked closely enough at the terms and conditions of the deal you think you may have snagged, you may be paying more than you initially thought. Make sure to check for baggage fees. Depending on the airline and how long your flight is, you may have to pay extra for checked baggage. In addition, make sure that your bags meet the airline’s weight and dimension requirements. If they go over the limit, you may have to pay extra, or be forced to buy a smaller one at the airport in order to get on your flight! It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to read the details of the print for any other hidden fees.
Not Signing Up for Airline and Booking Alerts
It can be extremely helpful to download apps for booking flights, sign up for notifications on good deals, and subscribe to airline newsletters. By doing these things, you will not miss out on hot deals. You can receive notification on your phone and through your email wherever you may be and whenever a big sale hits on days like Cyber Monday.
Being Inflexible on Destinations or Travel Dates
Too often, travelers have their mind set on just one location. But it’s not a bad idea to be a bit flexible on where — and when — you travel. If your top destination search doesn’t show any great deals, there just might be big savings waiting for you on your 2nd or 3rd next best choice. You’re also more likely to find cheap plane tickets on days that are less likely to be booked by others. Airlines usually release their lowest fares on these days, and you may even be able to book Premium Economy seats at Economy prices!
Sticking to Just One Airline
While loyalty to a particular carrier can have it’s benefits, it never hurts to mix airlines from time to time to find the perfect combination that meets your budget. Sticking to one airline throughout the entire flight may be convenient, but you can save a lot of money by using connecting flights.
Limiting Yourself to Non-Stop Flights Only
Many people think that direct flights are the same as non stop flights, but this is just a common misconception. Actually, direct flights may sometimes make at least one stop along the route to board more passengers. Since there is a stop anyway, why not take advantage of connecting flights? Boarding connecting flights will help you save money on flight tickets. Just remember that both direct and non-stop flights tend to be more expensive. Consider a variety of options and choose the one that best fits your budget. With the money you save, you can embark on one more adventure at your destination!
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Booking on Sites that Don’t Offer Free 24-Hr Cancelation
Although most sites offer this option, it doesn’t hurt to double-check first. If you come across a better deal within 24 hours, you can always cancel your current flight and book a new one with no additional costs. Forget to do this, and you might be stuck with unwanted flights that do nothing for you but draining your wallet!
Not Considering Flights with Long Layovers
Oftentimes, people view long layovers as inconvenient and bothersome. However, they could be quite the opposite. Think of it as getting a 2-in-1 deal. Long layovers can serve as a mini trip before you arrive to your final destination. Along with saving money, there are many advantages of having a long layover. Make meaningful memories by going sight-seeing, exploring the city, going on a foodie adventure, or doing activities that are unique to that destination. This requires planning and researching activities ahead of time, sure, but it will all be worth it if you put the effort!