We have all heard travel “advice” at one point in our lives and the more I travel the more I hear of these myths. I had a co-worker this week tell me he found the best tickets to Las Vegas for $160 and that it was cheaper because there was a layover. Some of the myths are the ones that make you scratch your head from pure confusion.
Please know I am still learning and by no means do I feel my way is the only way. I am wanting to write on the myths I have heard and how my travel experiences throughout the years either go with or against these myths. I pride myself in knowing that I am a sponge and so eager to learn new ways of traveling that I embrace each myth I hear and wait to decide on my own if the myth is true or false for me.
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1. Layover Flights are the Cheapest
MYTH! So not true for me and I have only experienced ONE layover since this travel journey of mine started over 5 years ago. (I had a layover in Philadelphia when visiting Paris and returning in January this year.) I am not a fan of layovers, so always looking at direct flights only. Now, this may mean I look at one-way tickets to give me a cheaper option, but still direct flights.
For anyone who doesn’t know, round trip flights are not always the cheapest and you may need to break up the flights and look at one-ways. This is not always the case, but I have seen the perks of breaking the flight up. When I look at airline deals for myself, my clients or just to see what is out there, I look at round trip tickets first then break it down by looking at one way. Same destinations and dates. Give this one a try next time you are looking for a place to go!
Just this past week, I finally found my tickets needed for Las Vegas and only spent $87!!! (My goal was to find the $98 tickets I found a few months ago.) I found the flight going from Charlotte to Las Vegas for only $60 and of course, direct flight this past Wednesday. And very next day, I found the tickets from Las Vegas to Charlotte for only $27!!! (And direct flight as well.) Such a win and proud I bet my goal! Now, I fly out with American Airlines and fly back with Frontier Airlines, but I like saving every dime when I travel.
I couldn't wait to brag to my co-worker how I bet his "best deal" and we are traveling within 2 weeks of each other.
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2. Book on a Tuesday for Best Prices
MYTH! This is one of my favorites to hear because the moment I tell people what day I usually buy my tickets, I hear “really…surprising”. Ready for it…SATURDAY! Saturday has been the luckiest day for me when booking my cheap airline tickets. I am sure I will book on other days for my future journey travels, but so far, Saturday is my day!
I have purchased tickets to Paris, Puerto Rico and many more on a Saturday and typically find the deals mid-day. If you didn't know, airline tickets fluctuate on an hourly basis as well as daily. One minute you may find tickets for $129 and then refresh the page and it jumped to $356. That is why it is so important to jump on a deal when you see it. JUST DO IT! :)
3. Book 90 Days in Advance for the Best Deals