Airline Secrets

29 11 2007

Some obvious airline tips:

  1. You get better deals and schedules without directly buying from the airlines. Check with a travel agent or the discounted special fares in the Sunday paper. Package deals are not always worth it.
  2. Coach tickets booked under codes YUPP, QUPP or Z can award you automatic mileage based upgrades to first class. YUPP fares are to matchlow cost carriers in specific markets. They are not easily available.
  3. Cheaper fares and greater seat availability if you fly out on Saturday after 0900 and return on a Tuesday.
  4. Ryanair, Easyjet, Jetstar, Air Asia and Malaysia airlines have great fares but are often ignored. Use these to fly around once you’re overseas. They are safe but they have restrictions, of course.
  5. Check with the foreign airlines based on your destination’s airlines rather than relying on only American ones. But check your exchange rate.
  6. Always fly into the cheapest cities. Fly into Dublin rather than Heathrow. Connections are also a lesser nightmare.
  7. Check refund policies before you confirm your purchase.
  8. If you live near a larger city, drive to it to save US$ and avoid having to connect/miss a chartered tiny flight.
  9. If you fly in Japan within 7 days of you birthday, you and 3 coflyers get discounts
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