Here are some international air travel tips that can save you a wad of cash on your flight to Japan. Considering that the flight may be one of the biggest expenses you'll take on if your school isn't paying for it. (Few do here's our FAQ on that.). Here are some ways around paying out more than you need to.
One of the biggest tips is timing. Just like in real estate they say: location, location, location. With booking your ticket, timing plays a big role -timing, timing, timing.
The time of the flight is a crucial factor in pricing for airlines. In general most people have their weekends free so they prefer to fly out on those days as it saves you from taking time off of work etc. People like to fly on the weekend so it is reflected in the way they airlines set their prices. So if you can fly out on a weekday, again you stand to save yourself more money because you do what others don't want to do or you or are willing to pay more money not to have to do.
It's also a good idea to try to book your flight early. Of course there are circumstances when you simply can't but in general prices are cheapest from 30 days to 3 months prior to departure.
Some keys to saving money on your trip to Japan is the way you book the flight. There are some pretty simple ways to save yourself some cash (that is unless you're lucky enough to have your employer buy the ticket for you.)
People don't like to catch late or inconvenient flights out of the country. So the carriers have more seats available and so they drop fairs to fill those seats. Bang. You just saved yourself a bunch of cash right there, especially considering that the flights many take to teach in Japan are international flights so they are high price tickets.
This same rule carries further. People want convenience. Direct flights are convenient. Therefore direct flights cost more. If you are willing to endure the layover and can stand the boredom of the duty free shop for an hour or two you can save yourself more money.
When you do your search, it's a good idea to search for the whole month and not just a specific day - this assumes of course that you are allowed the luxury of choosing the day. If you are, you can identify the cheapest day of the entire month instead of locking yourself into 1 day by searching for just that day and losing the luxury of allowing the market supply and demand dictate the cheapest price.
Airline ticket prices aren't a random thing. For example you know if you have a family emergency and have to fly out in 2 days that you'll pay through the nose. But beyond this obvious and known factor, there is overall a known travel pattern. This means it is to some degree predictable. Google knows it and so does every program out there that does nothing but crush numbers. Just like Google crushes numbers and develops algorithms in search technology to give you better search results, Google Flights does the same thing with air travel booking patterns. With fair (note: we said fair - not perfect) they can predict when the cheapest times will be.
Unlike other booking agents like Travelocity or Expedia who sell tickets, these guys don't. They just direct you to the seller according to the parameters you give them. So a great international air travel tip is to leverage the power of Google Flights to find you the best agent to actually book your ticket. (Hey guys, they didn't get control of 70% of total search volume on the internet by mistake or because they can't crush data to maximize results right?) So it's a super duper idea to get familiar with their user friendly dashboard to make it easy to find the cheapest international flights out there.
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