Filipinos are known to be always on the look-out when it comes to choosing and and booking travels and we welcome budget-friendly airlines for giving us affordable fares, be it domestic or abroad.
Recent studies reveal that if you book your travel ahead of your planned trip, you’ll save a lot of money and more to spend on your vacation or getaway adventures.
If you love discounts as much as we do, try booking your next China trip 28 weeks in advance, you can save as much as Php 7,000 per flight which means more money for shopping and buying souvenirs.
For those who can’t get enough of the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, consider booking 31 weeks in advance in your next flight in Malaysia so you will only have to pay 46% of the actual flight cost.
Book a flight to the land of cherry blossoms 14 weeks in advance and you can save as much as Php 6,300. Like with Thailand, booking four tickets to Japan will make way for another friend or relative to tag along in your trip. Just make sure you get your visa approved first before you book your next flight.
In Thailand, you can save as much as Php 2,990 if you book 16 weeks ahead. The discount you will get from booking four tickets is enough to get you another flight for free!
According to a recent study by Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights plus hotels and car hire, Singapore is the most visited by Filipinos in 2013. The best time to book flights going to Singapore is 25 weeks in advance. By booking this early, you can save as much as Php 1,600. This is almost 24% less than the average flight cost.
Skyscanner offers price alerts on all routes to enable flights to be monitored by email. The Skyscanner app offers widgets for Android, Live Tiles for Windows Phone and “watch” functionality for iOS, all of which allow customers to track the latest price changes on a chosen route.
Skyscanner did a study on the millions of flights purchased by their customers over the past three years to arrive with the best time to book. The study shows that on average, 3-4 weeks in advance is the optimal time to book flights. This suggestion, however, depends on the type of flight you book or the airlines you book with. When traveling with a budget airline, prices are likely to go up as the day of the flight approaches. If traveling on long haul flights or for more than 5 hours, prices are likely to fluctuate as the flight day grows near, and this does not guarantee the best seats.
According to the Best Time to Book study, on average, it is best to book 20 weeks in advance regardless of where you want to go. The study also suggests that the cheapest month to travel is in February and it is most expensive in April. This is for the reason that less people travel on February because they are making way for their summer travels which usually happens in April.
Booking flights during these suggested time frames enables you access to loads of discounts and the best seats possible. If you book early, you can save almost 18% less than what you will have to pay for the average ticket price. Moreover, you can skip the stress of looking for available flights at the last minute which are most likely to be overpriced. Booking your flights early will not just give you these perks but it will also help you focus on the other aspects of your vacation such as relaxation and educating yourself, which is ultimately the point of traveling.
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