Tips for best deals when booking a charter flight

By Doug Williams
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Tips for best deals when booking a charter flight

Doug Williams
 
 
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Traveling is something that many people enjoy doing, yet so often they feel like they cannot do it because they cannot afford it or do not understand what needs to be done in order to travel. This is a common misconception because travel can be done on a budget and there are ways in which people can see the world without having a truckload of money in the bank.

One of those options is to use a budget charter flight. Many people may not even be aware of what this is, either never having heard of a budget charter flight or ever looked into it more extensively to figure out just how it works.

Budget charter flights are flights that are made to order by package holiday operators. This gives people the ability to choose their desired destination. The way this works is that the first choice goes to those who are flying to their chosen destination; since there is usually more room available on the planes, they can sell these unused plane tickets at relatively low prices.

Destinations

Once you start looking, the choices are endless
Once you start looking, the choices are endless

There are actually more places where charter flights fly to than you might think. Some charter flights will take package holidaymakers to the Canaries, the Spanish Costa, and many other popular destinations that many people love traveling to. There are also many charter airlines that travel all over the world, to places that you would not even think of. Charter flights go to Rome, Barcelona, Mexico, Florida, or the Caribbean. If you know what you are doing and do so smartly, booking a charter flight at the correct time can be the absolutely cheapest way for you to get to your next vacation destination.

The cheaper option

While people will often book budget airlines as opposed to charter flights because they think that this will be the cheaper option; that is actually not always the case. At first, it may appear as though budget airlines are cheaper than booking a charter flight would be, but if you investigate further, you will see that often the charter flight is cheaper.

There is a reason for that, and that is because, after adding on all of the additional things you’ll have to pay for besides the ticket on a budget airline, it can end up costing more than the charter flight. Budget airlines normally have stricter limitations on how much baggage you are allowed to bring on the flight, and usually, they will charge a lot for overweight items or for just bringing any luggage on the plane with you.

Add up all of the extras to check how different flights compare
Add up all of the extras to check how different flights compare

It can be very confusing to figure out just which flight would be the cheapest because flight prices change frequently and often you are not sure whether you should book or wait. Here are some tips that you can follow to make sure you find the cheapest and most convenient flight for your next vacation.

Be smart

When it comes to charter airlines, there are regularly good deals available the closer it gets to the time and date of the flight. When a charter flight has sold most of the seats on its plane, there will then be spare seats that are still left at much lower prices.  Also, a person who knows how charter flights work and has easy access to the internet and knows how to use this can really find a great deal.

This is because a travel operator has to book the flight and if you know this, it puts more power in your hands. The seats need to be filled, so many times even if you are paying significantly less than any other person on the flight, they are still getting paid for the seat that you are using. It’s a win-win situation for both you and the travel operator.

Be flexible

Being flexible on your travel dates can save you money
Being flexible on your travel dates can save you money

If you have the flexibility, this can really help you in getting the cheapest flights. If you do not mind pushing your trip back or forward a few days from what you originally planned, you may be able to get a much cheaper flight. When you have a little bit of leeway in the way in which you book your flight and the days on which you go, it does create more room for you to get a better deal on a ticket. There are also many guides on the internet if you are looking to book a flight in advance, to help you determine just when would be the best time to book to ensure that you would get the best deal on a flight.

The airport

Another thing that you can do is use the location of the airport to your advantage. This may sound bizarre but if you have more flexibility you can use the location of your airport to get the better package deal, especially if you have more flexibility with what days you can travel and what times.

You should also choose a destination city that has many airport options; this way you have a wider choice of places you can fly into and sometimes you can end up getting a cheaper flight with only a little more time or effort to get to wherever it is you need to go on landing.

When to book

The cheapest fares are generally available as soon as tickets are released or last minute
The cheapest fares are generally available as soon as tickets are released or last minute

What it comes down to is the fact that there are a few key things to remember. You should either leave flight booking to the last minute and be open to being flexible, or you should book early. If you do something in the middle of the two, then it will most likely cost you a lot more than it otherwise would. Primarily, you should be flexible. This has been mentioned several times, but it truly is the best way to score a cheap flight because often cheaper flights can be had for a couple of days away from what you originally had planned.

You should also think outside the box, maybe go somewhere different than you originally planned because tickets there are more readily available as well as cheaper. There are so many ways to make sure that you score cheaper flights, you just have to have an idea of what to do and how to do it properly.

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