Insider hacks from the experts at Tajawal
Dubai-based online flight and hotel booking platform Tajawal has revealed its tips for saving money when paying for flights online. If you reduce costs here, that means more to spend at your destination.
Here’s what you should consider:
Travelling mid-week vs weekends
Flying out during the week can save bundles of cash. Book your flights for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Sundays, rather than weekends, as airlines tend to raise the airfares for Friday and Saturday flights, simply because these are the most likely days that leisure travellers plan to get away.
Online travel agencies (OTAs) vs direct airline websites
Besides searching and comparing airfares from multiple airlines, online travel agencies (OTAs), such as Tajawal, act as a one-stop online travel shop, offering more relevant and affordable flight rates, the convenience of adding cheap travel insurance, a superb range of offers, and safe and multiple payment methods. Rely on OTAs to discover the most competitive flight deal options and promotions from various airlines, rather than just one.
Book connecting flights separately
If you are flying somewhere that involves a transfer, say from Dubai to Toronto, changing at Amsterdam, then consider booking the two legs separately. It can actually turn out cheaper, plus you also get to explore another city for a few hours or days before your next flight. Be careful to not book layovers that are only a couple of hours apart, as you will need to factor in time to collect baggage, weather conditions and airport delays. Also check the visa requirements of your layover destination.
Have a flexible schedule
There are certain times of the day, and days of the week, when it is usually cheaper to fly. Travellers not committed to specific dates can vary the day or time of the flights until they find the cheapest option. Flexibility is one of the easiest ways to lower your airfare costs.
Always read the fine print
Before you embark on your holiday, take a few minutes to read the fine print on your travel booking. Sometimes online travel agencies (OTAs) will show prices in bold, without including applicable taxes and other fees that can amount to 20-30 per cent of the overall rate. Comb through the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment at the time of check-in or book with a trusted OTA such as Tajawal.