*moved from my old blog*
i have been the go-to person when it comes to making travel plans for family and friends because i'm a pro at finding the best deals the internet can offer.
my first piece of advice is in the title. i'll give you a recent example. my folks couldn't decide if they were going to attend my cousin irene's wedding in may in alabama. my auntie lou always advises flying into atlanta, georgia and they'll either make the 90 minute trek to the airport to pick up family or visiting family can rent a car and make the drive. so around march, when i helped my moms "look around" at airfare, the cheapest was about $300 a person which for my mama's budget was insane. april comes around and she calls me saying that my sister saw $550 roundtrip total for 3 people on continental - since i was out shopping, i decided to go to android market and download the continental app and check it out. sure enough, my sister was right but of course, in my moms true fashion, she said to wait. the next day happened to be a wednesday and i decide to look again and this time it's almost $1400 roundtrip for 3 people, i call my mom back and she was bummed. i told her to wait till tuesday and we'll see again - that whole time i decided to check everyday to see where the fares would go and it did not change. that tuesday, it was back at $550 and we went for it. SCORE!
the day you depart can also affect ticket prices as well and how far in advance you purchase so don't wait till the last minute to buy your airfare unless there's a last minute travel special. i also advise reading the small print!
my other secret weapon is priceline.com but i don't only use priceline, i actually log into my bigcrumbs.com account, do a search for priceline and click on the link from there so i can get money back! bigcrumbs is awesome and if you are an online shopper, you should ALWAYS check to see if the companies you purchase from are partnered up with 'em. here's a screenshot to get an idea of how much i've spent and how much i get. does it work? YES! i received my first cashback this month! it might not seem much to some but i consider it a rebate without all the crazy hassle. i love getting the most out of my money.
i also have ebates but i prefer bigcrumbs. if bigcrumbs doesn't offer a cashback from a certain company, i check if ebates does. also, sometimes ebates offers more cashback than bigcrumbs and vice versa - do the finger work, it'll pay off!
Labels: Big Crumbs, Priceline, Tuesday is the best day to buy airline tickets