If you’re planning ahead for the holidays, Lisbon is the city to consider. Travelers can save 50% on a flight to the coastal capital of Portugal by booking before July 29.
Kayak also found travelers can save from 20% to 40% on flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Milan, London and Reykjavik by booking their flights now.
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If you’re flying to Paris, Rome or Frankfurt, you still have some time before snagging the best deals. According to Kayak, you can save up to 40% on your flights to those destinations if you book during the first two weeks of September.
Looking for a trip to Asia instead? Kayak found that summer is the best time of year to score some deals there, as well.
Booking before July 29 can save you up to 30% on median airfare on trips to Bangkok, Bali and Ho Chi Minh City, and hitting “buy” on your tickets to Beijing between July 29 and Aug. 5 could save you about 30%.
Knowing when to book is only one way to save on travel. Here are a few other practical tips that can help you pocket a few bucks.
Buy on the right day. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days of the week to snap up your tickets, according to Liana Corwin, consumer travel expert at Hopper.
Use your travel points and frequent flyer miles. “People leave a lot of points and money on the table because they’ve never used them before,” Corwin said.
Depending on the program, you may be able to share points with family. But watch out for transfer fees, Corwin said.
If your points expire, it might be less expensive to buy them back than to pay for a flight without them, she said.
Ask about travel insurance. Travel insurance, which can run from 4% to 10% of a trip’s total cost, reimburses you in the event of an unexpected cancellation. Make sure you read the fine print, however. The exclusions section of your policy will break down what isn’t covered.
Look into the rules of canceling a flight under the travel insurance policy when you are booking with flight points. Sometimes you may be able to buy back the points at a lower cost, and other times you may lose them, said Corwin.
Your credit card may also offer you some travel protections that are similar to what you’d get with travel insurance.