How to Get the Best Airfare Tickets For Family Holidays
Why is it that if you have a family, you’re penalised with high airline ticket prices when going on family vacations?
Some of the worlds most travel destinations seem to be affordable when jetting away for that short romantic break with cheap fares and accommodation all inclusive in your purchase price. But when looking to travel to the same destination as a family prices can be 20 to 30 percent more.
And the prices charged seem to coincide with school term breaks and holidays – Easter, Christmas or summer holidays.
When it comes to family holidays, finding cheap airfare for an affordable holiday abroad can be tough. And, if you have a family where the children are not discounted, it can require you taking out a loan just to finance the occasion. And, at the rate that currency fluctuates in our current economic climate, it probably better value for money to stay at home and enjoy the local offerings.
But, if you are determined to still jet abroad for the family experience of a lifetime, here are a few things to help you secure a discount on your ticket price.
Book your holiday out of season
School breaks, summer holidays and other public holidays are always going to be most expensive time to fly. Avoid taking holidays during the school breaks, and stagger your trip to either start before the school break begins and just after the finish. You may need to arrange with your school in advance.
Buy tickets online
If you really want to save on airline tickets, you need to get on the computer and trawl the internet for the best prices. There are plenty of airline price comparison websites that will do all the work for you and all you have to do then is to select the price that is within your budget. You might need to be flexible on your travel dates and the number of stops you are prepared to accept on your flight to get the best prices.
Join a travel rewards scheme
Purchases on your weekly grocery shopping, petrol in your car or payment of your utility bill can all add up to free airline tickets if you join a travel rewards scheme. Many retailers offer their customers points on their weekly shop which are proportionate to the amount of money spent on your purchases. These points can then be totalled and exchanged for air miles to different destinations depending on the number of points accumulated.
Travel reward schemes do take time to accumulate, but can help to bring down the price of a few airline tickets once redeemed. And it’s easy to build up points quickly as you are already spending this money on a regular basis.
Look at all inclusive holidays
Getting cheap airfare and then looking to sort your accommodation can seem like the best way to go, but some destinations do offer some very good ‘all inclusive’ packages that should be considered. In addition to the airfare, the accommodation and some meals can be included in your price, which can make the family trip more affordable.
Go for the not so ‘hot’ destination
You’ll find some real gems if you’re prepared to be a little adventurous and not go to the more popular destination hot spots. Sometimes, if you are looking for a bit more family quality time with not so many distractions to keep you busy, destinations which have not been heavily subscribed in the travel brochures can turn out to be best and the prices a lot lighter on the travel budget.
Some of the best sources for cheap airfare can be found online. You can find some good bargains by visiting flight comparison sites.