When is the Best Time to Book Your Flight?
It is usually cheaper if you can book your flight at least 5-7 weeks and your hotel 2-5 weeks in advance. Travelling on Friday and Saturday is generally more expensive. Also, days around school holidays, long weekends and public holidays are not meant for savvy travellers.
Be a wise owl rather than an early bird.
Do your search off-peak times of the day such as after midnight and early in the morning. Most airline and booking systems are designed on the first-come-first-served lock concept. When you select a flight, the system places a hold on his particular allocation until you either buy it or abandon it. This is to make sure somebody else won’t take it while you are at the checkout. Given that hundreds of people like you are searching and comparing, you are more likely not to see a lot of cheaper deals during peak hours.
In general, airfares don't drop or at least not much as your travel date is drawing closer. If you have a date in mind and you are certain (not flexible) about travel dates, you would be better off to book your flights sooner than later.
Travel Agent vs Do It Yourself
If you're going to use a travel agent, don't pop in without having done some prior research. Even if you do, don’t buy on your first visit. Take time to think.
If you rather prefer booking online, some research is not going to be enough. You need to start your bargain hunt at least 3-4 months in advance if you are very picky and on budget.
Here we have a quick look at pros and cons of both options.Read more
Set Travel Priorities & Expectations
Set your top priorities and expectation well in advance.
What are you after? What matters most for you? Are you flexible with travel dates? are you flexible with the destination? Would rather go somewhere else if cheaper?
Traveling. We have expectations of what it will be like, who it will be with and how much fun we're going to have.Read more
Compare Travel Deals and PackagesWeigh off all your options before buying. We have sifted through Australia’s top travel agencies and sites to shortlist the best ones. Whether you're looking for an adventure trip, family holiday or a weekend getaway, you can now search all these sites in one place. Once you find what you are after, you book directly with them. No fees or charges added on. We are 100% free! We are continuously extending the range of travel deals from trusted agencies to help everyday Australians shop around. Or Read more
Travel Deals – Are Extras Worth It?
Take anything that's for free. Give any other paid extras the flick.
Unless you're confident of receiving more in benefits than you're paying in advance, you should not consider buying extras.
Travel booking sites simply cannot offer you airport transfers, taxi, additional accommodation, other add-ons, drinks etc. cheaper. Simple math. Also, why would they?Read more
Such stuff are not promoted and are generally not competitively priced.
Smart Ways to Pay When You Travel
There are plenty of ways to pay for your travel online – from bank transfers and debit and credit cards to third-party payment services like Poli, Bpay and some Buy now, pay later services which allow you to purchase a product immediately and then pay it off in instalments over several months.
ere are some tips to help you stay safe when you pay for your travel deal online or you buy stuff while traveling.Read more