I know what you are thinking… it’s not the first time I’ve discussed my excitement or disappointment with the airfare purchase process. Well, this time is different. This time, I made the mistakes and will be paying the price (literally). We are preparing for our summer getaway and just like every year, we will fly to our destination. Usually, I have a better handle of things and can make the purchase with minimal issues, but this time is different.
Let’s discuss the 5 mistakes one can make when needing to purchase airfare.
- Not jumping on the first great rate you see. Guilty! A few months ago, I found the perfect airfare for the perfect price, when I looked at available seating, only middle seats were up for grabs (not too comfy with that). I actually held a flight then had a brilliant idea to cancel that flight because something was gonna pop up soon. Umm really smart on my part. Lesson Learned? Just get the airfare and worry about seating later.
- Don’t stop looking for the right flight and price. After my brilliant idea in #1, I figured I would take a break from looking several times a day. While that opened up plenty of time to devote to other things, I missed some great rates… (At least I think I did).
- Recruit family members to help with the search if need be. Sometimes they will have better luck than you will. Wasn’t the case his time, but still.
- Don’t rely on just one travel site. There are so many sites out there, it can be easy to get comfortable with one you like. But I have learned to try multiple site and multiple airlines. At this point, it’s equal opportunity for everyone.
- When you search again and the price goes down a bit and your intellegent mind says, “wow,that’s still high”. Don’t wait, go for it! I had this happen… I watched tv and realize within minutes I should at least hold it at that current rate. Guess what??? JUMPED again!!
After all I have learned, I finally pulled the plug and made our purchase. It wasn’t where I had hoped it would be, but it was in a range I could settle for. In the end, go with your first mind when it comes to airefare. You will be glad you did.
Until Next Time!