How to save money on Spring and Summer Travel This Year
- Generally, avoid booking Sunday flights as they’re popular with both leisure and business travelers. July is the most expensive month to travel, other than Christmas and Thanksgiving.
- For booking low-cost flights, Skyscanner says that on average seven weeks in advance is best for short-haul destinations (it depends where you’re going) with around 18 weeks in advance recommended for long-haul. This tool can show you the cheapest time of day to fly to various destinations.
- Are you planning spring or summer travel to Europe? Departure dates before May 11th will cost less than later dates. (source: ABC News)
- If you’re planning to travel later in the summer, book after August 21st to avoid high summer fares and summer crowds.
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually the least expensive days to travel. For international travel, midweek dates are best.
- Fly connecting flights – one or more stops – especially if you’re traveling overseas. Sure, it’s little less convenient but it could save you big bucks.
- If price is your biggest concern, June 6 is likely the best day to travel this Summer. Tuesdays are almost always the least expensive day to fly, no matter the season
- The second half of August tends to be a less expensive time to book travel since many schools are back in session by then.
- Airfare is trending slightly cheaper this summer than last, about $20 less per ticket. However, expect fares to go up as we head into summer.
- Take advantage of Travel Apps to help you save
- Use the best free travel apps, such as journey planner Citymapper, navigation app Navigon, fun language learner Duolingo or Time Out for things to do anywhere.
NEED MOBILE DATA FOR YOUR SUMMER TRAVEL?
- A lot of the carrier plans sound fairly attractive, until you really think about it, or read the fine print. $10 a day sounds pretty good, but if you’re traveling for more than a day or two, that adds up quickly and many of these plans limit you to 2G speeds – not optimal!
- Carrier daily plans most often include very low amounts of cellular data – which you may need if you can’t find Wi-Fi, or need a secure connection – which is important when you’re booking flights, doing online banking or other using the internet for travel-related tasks that involve entering personal information and credit card numbers.
- GigSky cellular data keeps you more secure and there are no contracts, no need to hunt for a local SIM or worry about overage fees. You pay for just the data you need, for the time you need it. Plans now offer up to 5GB of data on 30-day plans ($50), depending on which country you’re traveling in. Shorter-term plans are also available.
- For most international travel destinations, Wi-Fi is readily accessible, so when your surfing the web and don’t need a secure connection use Wi-Fi and save your cellular data. Cellular data is also a great back-up for when you can’t access Wi-Fi, or when you’re hotel is charging a premium for it.
- To avoid running out of data or spending more than you planned, use a data monitoring app. Here are some of the best:
What about voice and messaging?
- Voice apps like Skype and FaceTime, and messaging apps, such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, are super easy to use and make traditional voice plans unnecessary for most travelers. Read which apps are best and how to use them
We hope you’ve found these tips useful and we wish you very happy and safe travels! We love hearing from our customers, so keep us posted!