How to Save When to Study Abroad: Your Airline Ticket
So now – no turning back! You’re on your way and the next step is to make your travel arrangements to your Study Abroad destination city! From cheapest days to fly, best days to fly, what to know about how to travel cheap – we’re going to share what you need to know about buying your airline ticket, how to save and how to make your trip hassle-free!
Flight tips: student flights, best days to fly, how to travel cheap – and more!
Your international airfare to study at an English School in the USA is one of the big cost items in your study abroad budget but, armed with some good tips about ﬁnding cheap airfares, you can travel for less!
Check out the best dates to fly. Choose the most favorable period to travel abroad: when to buy your ticket, seasonal or high traffic and tourist considerations. There are lots of websites and apps which identify the best times, days of the week and months to book your flight, both internationally, and or those in-country trips to other places in the USA, domestically.
Here’s what you need to know about ﬁnding the best-value airfares that suit your plans and needs:
- Don’t be fussy about ﬂying on a speciﬁc date. If you are ﬂexible within 2-3 days, you have a better chance of ﬁnding a cheaper ticket.
- Check out the best dates to ﬂy. There are lots of websites and apps which identify the best times, days of the week and months to book your ﬂight, both internationally, and or those in-country trips to other places in the USA, domestically. Check our E-Guide Section 2 to learn how to save on your airline ticket.
- If you can’t be ﬂexible with your dates, be ﬂexible with your ﬂight times. Traveling early in the morning or late at night is often cheaper.
- Many airlines oﬀer discounted fares if you ﬂy on Saturday: airlines make money from their business travelers ﬂying during the week. Mid-week bookings – as opposed to a Monday or Friday – are often cheaper for the same reason that Saturday is.
- Avoid busy holiday dates.
- The best tip is to book your ﬂight early. A good rule of thumb is to book at least two weeks ahead, preferably three for domestic ﬂights, and 30 days for international ﬂights.
- Airfares never stay the same. Book the ﬂight right when you think you see a good deal.
- Buying insurance for your ticket/airfare is a great way to avoid costly ﬁnes for unforeseen changes. These ﬁnes can start at $150 and sometimes be the price of the original ticket!!
- Make sure that the entry and exit dates for your ﬂight are in accordance with the ones on your visa. It’s important that you do not exceed the time period allotted to you on the visa.
- Check the baggage weight restrictions. You will be ﬁned for exceeding the limit. For long haul international ﬂights, you can to check in 2 bags.
Check out the websites we recommend in our e-Guide to get current information and tips for cheap air travel. Check other good tips for saving on your airfare with our e-Guides series. Download here!