How to Save Money on Airfare

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Well, hello there, kids. I’m Matt Forney and
in this video I want to talk a bit more about how you can save money on airfare. Now, whenever
you travel somewhere, the biggest expense, single biggest expense you’re always going
to have to deal with is the flight. You can save money on on-the-ground transportation,
you can save money on lodging, on food and other places, but whenever you fly somewhere
you’re always going to end up paying a lot of money, but there are ways you can reduce
what you end up paying on airfare and avoid having to get reamed.
So I have a few tips and tricks that you can use to save money on airfare, especially if
you’re going to travel overseas. Overseas travel, particularly if you live in the U.S.,
is incredibly expensive, but you can save a lot of money and avoid spending more than
you have to. Now, the first tip I have is, it may seem
kind of obvious, but when it comes to any flight you always need to book well in advance.
Minimum, you have to book a minimum of one month before you’re going to fly, and preferably
awhile before that. Because the closer you get to your flight date, not only will the
good flights be sold out, the law of supply and demand means that you’ll be paying—the
prices for existing tickets will go up. You’ll increase the likelihood that you’ll be stuck
on a really undesirable flight that leaves in the middle of the morning, get a million
transfers, it’s not fun at all. Here’s an example of a really dumb decision
I made. A few months ago I went to Las Vegas to hang with some of my friends. Because of
various communication difficulties, we couldn’t work out a hard time for the flight date,
so I ended up booking one on my own. I ended up paying—I booked maybe a couple weeks
before I was scheduled to leave. I ended up paying about $950 round trip.
My flight there from Syracuse was, I had two transfers, I left Syracuse at, like, 5:30
in the morning. I went to, I think it was LaGuardia in New York City, and then I had
to fly to Detroit, and then only when I got to Detroit was I able to fly to Vegas. And
the flight back was really horrendous as well. I had left Vegas at around 10:30 at night.
I arrived back in New York City around 6:30 in the morning, a red eye flight so I wasn’t
able to get any sleep, and then a two-hour layover. I was on a flight to Syracuse at
like, I think it was 10:00 a.m., something ridiculous like this or that.
So the earlier you book your flight, the more likely you’ll be able to get a more desirable
flight at a better time and you’ll also be paying less for it.
Now, number two is this method that was taught to me by a coworker of mine who used to work
as a flight attendant or a stewardess. She gave me a three-point, a three-step method
for getting good deals from domestic airlines, for domestic flights anyway. I don’t know
if this works as well for international flights, but I have a separate method for international
flights. Number one, you should always buy the tickets
online on a Tuesday. I never got her to explain this to me, but for some reason airline tickets
are always lowest on Tuesdays for some reason. So whenever you want to order a ticket, do
it on a Tuesday. Number two, don’t go to Expedia, don’t go
to Travelocity, don’t go to any of these travel sites. Go to the airline directly and buy
your tickets direct from the airline. If you’re not sure which one you want to fly, go to
the website of the airport that you’re going to be flying out of. Make sure to see which
airlines serve that airport, and go to one of those airlines and get the flights there.
And you want to do this because you obviously want to make sure that the airline that you
end up flying out of actually serves it, whatever. For example, I went to New Orleans nearly
a year ago for Mardi Gras. I was going to be in New York City for about a few days before,
so I booked my flight to New Orleans on Southwest, which serves LaGuardia, but when I was booking
my return flight to upstate New York, I found that Southwest does not serve the area that
I happen to live in, so I had to book a separate one-way flight through, I think it was Delta.
So, you don’t want to end up with something like that. So go to the airline directly,
and make sure the airline actually services the airports that you’re planning on flying
in and out of. And, number three, when you are looking at
the flights on the airline website, you need to make a decision right then and there, because
those websites record your IP address and they will start raising the prices if you
don’t buy almost immediately. Again, I saw this when I was going to buy tickets for New
Orleans. When I was on Delta’s website, there was a
one-way flight to Syracuse from New Orleans that I ended up buying. When I first saw it,
when I first started browsing, it was $450. Five minutes later after I decided to stop
browsing and get that flight, they raised the price on me to $500. This is in the span
of five minutes. So you need to, one, buy your tickets on Tuesday;
two, go directly to the airline; and, three, you need to buy them quickly otherwise your
IP address will be logged and you’ll end up having to pay a higher price.
And, number three, and I’ve really used this more for international flights, but I’ve also
used it for some domestic flights. It’s very helpful. This website called Skyscanner. Skyscanner.com,
there’s a link to it in the description. Skyscanner is not a, they’re not a travel agency. What
they do is they collate airline tickets for a specific flight, from every known ticket
provider to get, like, Expedia, Travelocity, various other smaller operators such as Bravofly,
Omega Flight Store, and FlyFar.ca, as well as from the airlines themselves. If you wanted
to, say, fly to, I don’t know, New York—you want to fly from, say, New York City to Tokyo,
on a specific day. You punch it into Skyscanner and you get all of the flights that are going
from New York City to Tokyo, all the prices, and at all the times. So you can find very,
very—you can find very great deals going this way.
I booked my flight to the Philippines here, both flights, as well as my flight back via
tickets I found on Skyscanner. I ended up paying about $1,000 for a one-way ticket from
Chicago to Davao City, and I’m paying about, I think, $750 for a flight from Manila to
Chicago. And it’s a very desirable flight too, because,
what is it, oh, I fly from Manila to Tokyo, there’s only a two-hour layover to Tokyo,
and then I just fly direct to Chicago, and then when I’m in Chicago I get another flight
to Syracuse. So you’re not going to end up, you know, sitting in the same airport for
12 hours doing nothing or have to go to the transit hotel.
So I was able to get a very good flight at a very good price. I also bought the tickets
well in advance, so that helps too. Basically, Skyscanner is very, very, very helpful in
getting cheap prices. Now, what you want to be careful of is before
you immediately go to Skyscanner and buy the cheapest ticket that you find, you want to
make sure, you want to research who you’re actually buying it from. Because a lot of
the operators that hawk tickets via Skyscanner are not reliable. You get a lot of bad reviews
from places like Bravofly, Omega Flight Store. I bought my tickets, the tickets I got to
here going to the Philippines, I got them through FlyFar.ca, which I had a pleasant
experience with them, but the thing is, they didn’t e-mail me the tickets like they were
supposed to. The day before I was set to leave I had to call them on my cell phone and have
them—and speak with the customer service representative for ten minutes before she
sent me the tickets, which if I hadn’t taken that proactive step I would have probably
missed my flight. So before you buy any tickets via a Skyscanner
repository, you have to make sure that the place you’re buying them from is reliable.
You do not want to get stuck with a, say, an $800 flight that you won’t be able to use.
And also, like with point number two, the advice I gave there, if you can it’s better
to get the tickets direct from the airline than from one of the intermediary sites like
Expedia. Because if you get them from the airline, you are guaranteed to get them, you
will fly, unless there’s a cancellation obviously, but you don’t have to deal with a middleman.
So, remember, just do your research and don’t make any rash decisions.
And, number four, this isn’t really advice but it’s sort of pursuant to—it’s very helpful
particularly if you’re going to be flying overseas. Never, ever, ever, fly an American
airline overseas. Never. Always go with an international one. And the reason for this
is quite simply: American airlines absolutely suck. We are getting screwed as Americans.
Fly Delta, fly United, fly JetBlue, all of them pale in comparison to—and I’ve flown
on SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways. I’ve flown on Philippine Airlines.
Every single airline here in Asia beats the shit out of American airlines. Any American
airline. So, if you are going to be flying overseas, make sure you book anything other
than an American airline, okay. And maybe a Canadian airline, I don’t have experience
flying Air Canada or any of the Canadian airlines, but basically avoid North American airlines
for flying overseas. So with all these tips you’ll be able to get
good deals on airfare. You’ll be able to fly, you’ll have a much more pleasant experience
flying and you can maybe vacation a bit more. I mean, a lot of people look at me as like,
how can you afford living in the Philippines, dude, how can you afford to fly to the Philippines?
It’s like, dude, I’ve seen them do it, it’s not that expensive, you know. I’m not some
rich dude. I’m just a thrifty consumer and I’m a smart entrepreneur.
So, basically, use these tips and not only will you spend less money on traveling, you’ll
have a much more pleasant experience when you are flying. Illegitimi non carborundum,
don’t let the bastards grind you down. I’m Matt Forney and I am out.

 

11 Responses

  1. Mrs. Hemminger

    September 26, 2014 6:37 pm

    What i found there is magical times to book for example in january i found cheap tickets for febuary or march.  so when you book the time of the year and when your going and return date are more important or just as important as how far in advance yo book.

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  2. Mrs. Hemminger

    September 26, 2014 6:40 pm

    I found the price the same on the airline as priceline  sometimes even cheaper sometimes more expensive so going to direct airline means little.

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  3. Mrs. Hemminger

    September 26, 2014 6:42 pm

    My i.p changing maybe helps cause with priceline i would periodically check and found over time i could get a good deal.  although at one point i seen the prices rise or they would randomly go up and down.  Maybe i should use a proxy to double verify.

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  4. MR RRL

    October 5, 2014 11:49 pm

    Matt, I plan on visiting the Philippines for a week. Which city do you recommend to visit for a week? I am a white American and looking to have some fun if you know what I'm sayin.

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  5. Carl Key

    November 12, 2014 12:32 am

    I flew American Airlines out of DFW to Manila with one stop in Tokyo with a 2 hour layover and then Japan Airline to Manila for $1,250 round trip and back on  the same airlines .Booked in advance on Cheap Tickets.  Had a quick and easy flight. I get better deals from different trip searches than I ever have trying airline sites.

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  6. Tip Kilby

    January 9, 2015 10:41 pm

    Hi Matt. Thanks for your helpful video. Skyscanner is also my go-to place for researching flights. Sometimes it comes up with amazingly low prices that I never would have found elsewhere. One question: you recommend Tuesday, but I wasn't sure if you meant that you should make your purchase on Tuesday, or if you should fly on that day. Please clarify.

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  7. Todd Field

    February 16, 2015 6:38 pm

    After finding out the hard way that your article on Portland was the most accurate thing ever written about what it's like to suffer through living there, I'm getting my happy ass back to Dixie and the hot, feminine women she offers.

    Maybe this vid will help lol. You rock Matt Forney. Fuck the haters, it's good to see a real man on YouTube.

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  8. Michael Niese

    April 15, 2015 3:59 pm

    tip.. Philippines Airline prices drop a week before the scheduled flight date if they have not sold all the seats on that flight.  Bought a round trip from LA to Manila for $750 about a month ago, good price yes.  Just saw that same flight on the same week, but not the same day for $583 or $650 depending on the day.  My flight was selling for $725.  $50 less than I paid for.  You are correct about the Airlines tracking IPO address.

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  9. matthew johnson

    April 28, 2015 10:46 pm

    I have never had a problem buying from any websites like Expedia, Vayama , Kayak, etc. But I'll make sure to take a look at the airline's sites first next time to compare. You're right about the American Airlines for sure though. I have been to Manila quite a few times, and if I had the choice, I would always choose Korean Air. They have the nicest planes, ICN is the nicest airport I have ever been to, and the flight attendants are friendly and hot. EVA was good, PAL was good too. I have also gone on Delta, that was the only American Airline I liked…..United was terrible. They made us stop in HNL and Guam going to and from Manila, so the flights were about 24 hours. There was no in flight entertainment, and no complimentary meals.   Flying Prison.
    Thanks for the info

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  10. Marty Gray

    November 13, 2015 4:18 pm

    As a foreigner, did you lose money buy buying a one-way ticket to the Philippines, because upon your arrival in the Philippines, Philippine immigration require the presentation of either a return flight or onward travel ticket (http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/guidelines-requirement) – (otherwise to stay, you need to purchase a ticket at the Philippine airport of arrival, which are very expensive)?

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  11. Joseph Murray

    April 1, 2016 1:04 am

    Your comments about the American airlines are spot on, anytime I fly to the Philippines I always use Korean Air, they use the nicest planes, USB charging ports for your mobile devices, have good in flight entertainment and I don't feel crammed in like a sardine in an Airbus, I've flown Delta to Manila before on the 747 and the ride on that just stunk

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