By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Everyone wants to find the best purchase for the least amount of money. This is especially true when purchasing airfare. We want the best and most comfortable seats for a good price. The American Automobile Association knows travel – including airline travel.
We asked AAA Spokesman and Senior PR Program Coordinator Mark Jenkins, “Why is AAA such a valuable asset for travelers of all ages?”
This is what he told us: “Whether it’s a cruise or a good old fashioned road trip, AAA can help plan itineraries and find all the best deals available. Our travel agents can do all the work, allowing you to simply focus on enjoying your vacation.”
Jenkins also provided us with these Simple Ways To Save On Airfare – Tips from AAA.
AAA's Tips for Finding the Cheapest Airfare
* Book early. Air carriers want to fill every seat on the plane. They base their rates on supply and demand. Prices will be higher on flights with few available seats. Conversely, when empty seats are in high supply, the prices are adjusted to entice travelers to book.
* Shop on a Monday or Tuesday, between midnight and 5 a.m. Any flights - booked during the day, that are not paid in full - are released at midnight, a time when most people are sleeping. This means more seat availability, reduced demand, and cheaper airfares.
* Delete computer cookies. If you check an air carrier's website multiple times a day and notice the price of the same flight has increased, try deleting your computer cookies. Otherwise, the website may remember that you visited before and might not show the lowest price available.
* Travel during off-peak times. Airfare is often much cheaper for early-morning or late-night flights. Since these times are inconvenient for many travelers, fares tend to be cheaper.
* Get quotes from regional airports. Oftentimes regional airports offer cheaper flights than international airports.
* Bundle. Travelers can find incentive pricing when booking their airfare together with a hotel and/or rental car.
Peak Travel Periods
* Spring Break (late February - early April)
* Summer (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend)
* Christmas/New Year's
Busiest Days to Travel
* Friday, Sunday, and Monday (Domestic): Heavier traffic days with Americans departing or returning from business trips or extended weekends.
* Weekends (International): The majority of international travelers start their vacation on a weekend.
Attention International Flyers
If you are going on an international flight, be sure your passport is up to date. If your passport is set to expire within 6 months of your return date, you will not be permitted to board the plane. Also, consult with a travel agent to learn more about visa and immunization requirements at your destination.
Book Travel on the AAA Mobile App
The free AAA mobile app allows travelers to book a flight, hotel, and rental car; find travel guides, vacation ideas, deals, driving tips, and locate a AAA travel agent near you.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
The American Automobile Association knows travel and their agents can assist you in many ways. Whether you’re looking for a cruise, a flight or a road trip, AAA can help plan itineraries and find deals.
Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
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