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Decoding the Sky: The 4 Hidden Flaws in Finding the Perfect Flight | 9 of 25 days blogmas 2023

The process of purchasing flight tickets can often be overwhelming, with many options available, from different airlines to varying ticket prices and ever-changing policies and often unexpectedly, proving online resources unreliable. Let's unravel the key factors to consider when buying flight tickets to help you make informed decisions that save you money and ensure a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience. 

So, fasten your seatbelts as we embark on a journey to unravel the nuances of flight information: 

Hidden Fees and Taxes:

Many flight search engines such as Google Flights, Skyscanner, Kayak, Expedia, and Travelocity may only include some fees and taxes upfront, providing a misleading impression of the total cost. Be wary of budget airlines, i.e., Southwest Airlines, Ryanair, easyJet, AirAsia, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Air, and thoroughly review the final price before booking. For example, some Online Travel Agents (OTA) may charge additional booking fees for the convenience of using their platform to book flights. Certain OTAs may pass on credit card processing fees to customers, leading to an extra charge when paying with a credit card.

Limited Route Options:

Search engines may prioritize certain airlines or routes based on partnerships or commissions, which could result in excluding cheaper or more convenient options. Therefore, it is advisable to cross-reference information from multiple sources to ensure you explore various possibilities. For instance, to increase your chances of getting the best ticket, you can use flight comparison websites, check airline websites directly, and set flight alerts. For more information on how to buy airline tickets, you can refer to chapter four of my book, "The Ultimate Guide For Travel Hacks: How To Travel Safely & Confidently."

Dynamic Pricing and Cookies:

Airlines and booking websites often use dynamic pricing algorithms considering your search history and cookies. This can lead to fluctuating prices based on your browsing habits. Use private browsing or clear cookies to avoid potential biases in displayed prices. 

Overlooking Alternate Airports:

Focusing solely on major airports may result in higher fares. Explore nearby or alternate airports, as they offer more affordable options. Consider transportation costs to and from these airports to determine the overall cost-effectiveness of your choice.

The complex landscape of purchasing flight tickets can be overwhelming but armed with the proper knowledge, it becomes a much more manageable and rewarding experience. Armed with the key factors outlined in this blog, you can make informed decisions that save money. Remember, the ever-changing policies and the plethora of options demand a thoughtful approach.


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