What are the best ways to save money for international flights?

Question by josephine: What are the best ways to save money for international flights?
Can I have some tips on tickets perferably from san diego to the philippines stops are okay. there are 5 adults. tips on ways to save money. coupons. deals.

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Answer by Mr. T’s Pretty Cuzzin
The best money-saving tips for air travel, in my experience, are:
1. Shop Around
2. Be flexible!

By arming yourself with knowledge on the route, such as A/ is it cheaper at certain times of year? B/ What’s the cheapest I could reasonably expect (fare sale history on this route), C/ are consolidators or other reputable discounters offering cheaper fares due to an arrangement they have on this route, D/ if I depart a day earlier or come back a day later to save $ 100 a ticket, how could I find that out, for example.

For SAN-MNL, since it’s international flight with no dedicated low-cost airlines serving that route, I’d start with these:
Farecompare — http://www.farecompare.com/fare-search/year.html?type=homepage2&departure=SAN&destination=MNL&t=r&s=r#Select_Month –for fares currently offered, up to 10 months in the future, and ratings of the fare to know how good it is compared to previous fare sales, and for easily signing up there for sale alerts to emai.
http://matrix.itasoftware.com/cvg/dispatch/prego/calendar — to see cheapest dates over an entire month
http://www.bookingbuddy.com — once settled on dates to shop many sources–including several consolidators–to see if a better offer is available for those exact dates.

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One Response to “What are the best ways to save money for international flights?”

  1. rivardau says:

    being flexible with airports might help too, but remember to factor in all costs such as extra driving gas or bus/train tickets, parking fees, and put a $ $ $ $ $ on your time.

    say for example, if san diego-manilla requires transfers and has a high fare, you may want to look at los angeles-manilla to see if there are lower fares, more direct fligths with less or no transfers, etc.

    generally, the more popular a market pair, generally there will then be multiple departures, and even multiple airlines, and the competition will tend to keep prices lower.

    going between a market pair where only 10 people a day are going, and you can be assured that the 1 flight per day by 1 airline will cost you through the nose.

    generally, shop around on line first, nowadays, to check for alternative airports and their fares and services. but you probably will be best to make the actual booking through the airline’s own web site or thru a travel agency. online bookings generally have problems in emergency events such as weather cancellations, airline bankruptcy, and so on, where getting reaccommodated onto other flights or getting refunds are practically nil.