Let’s be honest: most of the time, it is impossible to find the perfect plane ticket (cheap, no layover, great airline). Although there are some tricks that do work, such as erasing the cookies, you have to have a lot of time and be really into finding super deals online to get THE perfect price.
However, I’ve found recently that there are two basic rules for buying tickets, either for business or for pleasure (even though for business you will not be worrying that much for the price but still, you don’t want your company to pay double just because you decided to plan your trip at the last minute):
- You can find the cheapest tickets months in advance, BUT it is not always the case.
What? It is not possible! you might be saying to yourself right now. Well, let me tell you something that just happened. I wanted to go to Mexico in April, so I checked the airfares for Paris-Mexico no layover with AirFrance (I really don’t like AeroMexico, which is another company that flies directly from Paris to Mexico). The price? 1 540 Euros. Yes, you read that right! I decided it was too much money for economy class, so I planned something else to see my family. Anyway, I received an email from AirFrance on Monday announcing great prices for Mexico because of their inaugural A380 flight direct from Paris. Since I like to hurt and traumatize myself, I checked right away and lo and behold, the airfare is 758 euros for the same dates.
Quick pro tip: you cannot always anticipate price changes. Buying months in advance does not guarantee that you will get the best price.
So, what to do then?
2. Whenever you see what you consider is the best price that you are willing to pay, buy it straight away.
It is the same logic I apply (most of the time) when buying clothes or stuff. Sometimes you think it soooo much that in the end your size is out of stock or the discount is no longer applicable. So just go ahead and buy it, it is great to analyze and search like crazy for an incredible price but, unless there is an error fare, miracles don’t exist. Another example of this precise situation happened to me this week. I am planning a business trip to Australia (I’m so excited I’ll write about it later!), and since I have family there, I was looking for plane tickets to go to Canberra from Sydney. One week ago I found on vol24.fr (hands down one of the best websites out there) a ticket going for 100 Euros. I didn’t buy it because I was in a lazy mood and whatever. I decided to finally buy it yesterday and guess what, it is now 150 Euros.
Quick pro tip: if you find a price that is a great price for you, don’t over think it, just do it!
So there you go, real life experience coming from yours truly.
Have you ever experienced something like this? I would love to hear your thoughts about it!