Things to Look at When Book­ing a Flight On­line

Your book­ing sites may not high­light all these points

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Com­pare price: On­line book­ing sites ver­sus air­lines

You can book a flight through a book­ing site but it is rec­om­mended to check the fare of the same flight on the air­line’s web­site too. It has been noted that book­ing di­rectly with the air­line some­times turns out to be cheaper and of­fers more se­cu­rity. Hav­ing said this, on­line book­ing sites do come handy since you can use them to com­pare air­fare deals and find va­ca­tion pack­ages.

Num­ber of stops

Look­ing at the price dif­fer­ence ver­sus the num­ber of stops on an itinerary is a good way to look at the value of a ticket. Is it worth it for you to have to con­nect two times be­fore get­ting to your des­ti­na­tion, just to save a few bucks? It might be for some peo­ple and it might not be for oth­ers.

Bag­gage al­lowance

As air­lines con­tinue to find ad­di­tional streams of in­come to man­age their costs, more and more air­lines are charg­ing fees for heavy bag­gage or even for ev­ery sin­gle piece of lug­gage. If you are trav­el­ling to ex­hibit at a trade show, you’ll prob­a­bly have some ma­te­rial, ban­ners and brochures that could fill sev­eral ex­tra pieces of lug­gage. In this case, go­ing for a slightly more ex­pen­sive fare that in­cludes more bag­gage al­lowance could end up be­ing more cost-ef­fec­tive over­all.

Flight time

If you are not a morn­ing person, then be pre­pared to pay more, as is gen­er­ally seen in price trends in In­dia. Al­ways keep the flight times in mind when pick­ing an air­fare, although in many cases, as a re­sult of bad weather con­di­tions, there could be flight de­lays that would change those times for you. Also fac­tor in the con­nect­ing time if you have to switch planes.

En­ter­ing the wrong de­tails while book­ing

It may be an ob­vi­ous one, but one of the mis­takes to avoid when book­ing a flight on­line is to en­ter the wrong per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and flight de­tails. In case you did not know, you have to pay a ridicu­lous sum to some in­ter­na­tional air­lines for get­ting cor­rected a sim­ple mis­take like a mis­spelled sur­name.

Avoid last-minute book­ings

Two or three weeks may seem like a lot of time be­fore book­ing a flight but it is def­i­nitely not ad­vis­able since you can get much cheaper flight tick­ets when book­ing at least eight to nine weeks in ad­vance.

Us­ing a credit card

Another mis­take to avoid when book­ing a flight on­line is us­ing your credit card. Us­ing your credit card to pay for your va­ca­tion may be tempt­ing, but if you re­ally don’t want to be over­charged as­tro­nom­i­cally you’ll be wise not to use a credit card (use a debit card in­stead). Credit cards are not a great idea be­cause air­lines typ­i­cally charge any­thing be­tween 0.5 per cent and 5 per cent per book­ing. It may not sound like a lot when book­ing a do­mes­tic flight, but 5 per cent per book­ing on a Rs 50,000 flight ticket means you are los­ing Rs 2,500.

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