Traveling with Kids | How to Save Money On Airfare

by , posted on February 25th, 2015 in Traveling With Kids

how to save money on airfare

One of the biggest hurdles to traveling, especially as a family, is the cost of airfare. It’s crazy expensive. But there are some ways to make it more affordable. I’ve been doing a ton of research and have found three ways to save money on airfare.

Book Ahead

According to David Solomito from Kayak, “the ideal booking window within the United States and Canada is four to six weeks in advance of a trip. The lowest fares depart Friday and return on Monday.” If you’re heading to Europe from the US, book six months ahead, but if you’re heading to the Caribbean, the window is reduced to just two to four weeks out.

Fly into a cheaper city

Traveling to Europe is expensive, however, it’s far less expensive to travel within it once you get there. So try flying to a cheaper destination (click here for a list) and then take one of the regional airlines, like Ryanair, to your final destination. Just a heads up about Ryanair, I’ve heard it can be super tricky to get seats together, so you may want to skip it if you have young children.

Don’t fly on Sundays

Of course it’s cheapest to fly off season, but when you’re traveling with school-aged kids, you’re at the mercy of the system. But there are still some tricks to try. Here’s one: Avoid flying Sundays and Mondays. Those are the most expensive days to fly because that’s when everyone does. Instead, try to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. You’ll get a better deal.

Now that you know how to score the best deals on airfare, the question becomes, where will you go?

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2 Responses to “Traveling with Kids | How to Save Money On Airfare”

  1. Jillian In Italy Says:

    February 26th, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Great tips! And for flying within Europe I would highly recommend EasyJet over RyanAir. You have assigned seats, friendly staff and reasonably priced (and tasty) onboard snacks.

  2. susan // fleurishing Says:

    March 8th, 2015 at 11:01 am

    We got lucky + hit the ideal booking window…plus a Sunday night – we saved over $1000 flying to Paris! Flying mid-week helps of course too. Great tips!

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