Seniors Save Money on Flights

Jun 26th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Senior finances are always on the front burner for the majority of senior citizens.  We look for ways to save money as well as to make the most of our investments and pensions.  Social Security is the cornerstone of our financial security for the vast majority of us.  Most of us live on fixed incomes.  Money always seems to be tight.

So we’re always on the lookout for ways to spend the least amount of money possible on flights for travel to see family or have a holiday.  We’ve heard these suggestions before, so it’s nothing new.  It’s just information available in one place, and a gentle reminder that we can save money on flights if we plan ahead and are ready to make a purchase when a good deal shows up.

  • First, book and buy airline tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays–never on a weekend.  The best deals are available on those three days.  So the next time you need to purchase flights, mark your calender for one of those mid-week days to get online or call the airlines.
  • Online deals are usually better than those on the telephone.  Some airlines tout the ‘best’ rate available or your money back.  Look for those, and then watch the fares.  You just might get a free flight.
  • Make your purchase four to six weeks in advance.  This is the period of time between those who plan far in advance and those who make last-minute purchases.  You are likely to find the best prices during this time period.
  • Have your credit card ready and be prepared to act immediately if you find a good fare.  With Facebook and Twitter increasingly common, deals are really good, but they don’t last very long.

So the next time you are planning a trip that requires flying, keep these suggestions in mind and save some bucks that you can spend at your destination instead of on the flight.



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