7 Common Mistakes People Make While Booking Flight Tickets

by Kanika Sharma
7 Common Mistakes People Make While Booking Flight Tickets

Many people have started travelling by air now. After a standstill, the aviation industry is starting to revive and people are probably gaining the confidence to travel by air. Even if it is essential. However, according to industry predictions, it is believed that people might gain the courage to start travelling again, either by Dec 2020 or Jan 2021. If you are one of them, then make sure that you don’t make these common mistakes, so that you don’t end up paying a bomb for your flight tickets.

1. Booking From Airline Website

There has been a lot of buzz around recently, that the safest way to book tickets is to do so now from respective airline websites. But, we suggest, that third party and aggregator websites must definitely be checked out as well. These will give you access to some of the cheapest possible rates that are available; and once you check it out, you can decide to stick with the best price.

2. Not Utilising Credit Cards And Debit Cards Well

If you are someone who is quite comfortable using credit and debit cards, make sure that you make the most of it. There are numerous benefits that some of the banks provide you with. From redeemable points to Airport lounge access, you have it all. Therefore, we suggest that while booking flights, use cards over digital wallets.

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3. Paying For Premium Seats

Many travellers do not realise that once you have booked a seat on a flight, you can’t be denied from boarding the plane. Airlines these days, specially, low-cost ones, offer the option of ‘paying for premium seats’. Be it window, aisle, the one with the extra leg room and so on. Unless, you are extremely picky about where you’d like to be seated on the plane, paying for premium seats doesn’t quite make sense.

4. Not Using Incognito Mode

The cost of flight tickets always tend to increase, when you check them on the browser, the second time around. Don’t they? That’s because of the search history, cookies, cache, and so many other factors, that track you online. Search engines increase the rate of flight tickets, when they know it is high in demand. The best way to avoid that, is to book your flights in Incognito mode on the browser.

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5. Travelling On Weekends

From Friday to Monday morning, the flight tickets would possibly be expensive, considering many people travel around that time. If you have the option to be flexible with your schedule, then we suggest that you choose weekdays to travel over weekends. This would help in booking cheaper flights for sure. As less demand would mean less fare.

6. Not Opting For The Right Airport

Multiple destinations around the world, have multiple airports. Sometimes, we make the mistake of choosing the most commercial one, which means it’s the busiest too. Therefore, there is a very high possibility that flights operating from that airport will be expensive. Change the airport and you might see, a change in fare. Same flight to the same destination but from a different airport in the same city, might be cheaper.

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7. Booking Tickets In A Hurry

When you sit down to book your flight tickets, make sure that you are not in a hurry. Get the airport for departure and arrival right, along with the dates. Many times, this happens that we do not pay attention to the details and get carried away by the cost of flight tickets. Some of them are non-refundable at times too. Post that, if you realise that you have booked the wrong flights for the wrong days, it’s going to burn a big hole in your pocket.