The world of airlines and travel is a complicated and confusing place. That’s not even taking into account the fact that there are many different types of airfare, some regional, some destination-specific, and the division of the whole world is into six parts. So it is no wonder that travellers have trouble making their reservations. I’ve talked about it in the past – how to make a simple, low cost, reliable reservation, avoid skyrocketing ticket prices on flights out of the country, and other things of this nature.
In this article, I’d like to talk about the process of changing your airline tickets. If you are travelling out of the country or internationally, you need to be very familiar with how air travel works. Certain carriers will offer you “blocks” of seats for a set price, whether the seats are first-come, first-served, or some other arrangement. These price reductions often come at a cost, which you must factor into your reservation (and budget) at some point.
An excellent way to get around these fees is to use online reservations. You can make online reservations for flights for as little as $10 each way. The best online reservation services give you the tools necessary to manage your tickets, to make sure you’re always paying the lowest fare available, and to make sure that you’re getting the service you need when you need it. Some airlines will even assist you with online reservations by emailing you when your reservation changes or when a flight is overcrowded. If you don’t know anything about making online reservations, you should take the time to learn – online reservations are straightforward to make and can save you significant money.
Another tool that online booking services provide is the ability to mix several different flights into one booking. For example, let’s say you’ve already booked your flight out of the country, but you know you want to go back. You could change your booking from a direct flight to a multicity trip, with separate bookings for each leg of your journey. Multiple destination flights can also be combined into one reservation, if available.
One of the more affordable price tricks to finding the cheapest international flight tickets is to book your flight in advance. Many airlines offer huge discounts for their frequent flier customers, offering them the opportunity to slash their prices even further. It is especially true for business-class travellers who usually make all of their flight reservations in one week. The key is to call the airlines several weeks in advance, either by phone or online and ask about any discount programs they have for frequent fliers.
Another good trick to finding cheap international airfare is using a global distribution system to make your ticket purchases. Many online businesses provide distribution services for the travel industry. Using their reservation tools and software, you can save a tremendous amount of money on airfare when buying your tickets in bulk. Global distribution systems are beneficial during the summer months when the demand for flights increases significantly, and the competition between airlines is exceptionally high. In addition, a global distribution system is beneficial because it allows you to compare prices from different airlines and check your flight status.