1. The Best Travel Days are Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday.
Traveling on off-peak days and off-peak times-means lower fares, a less crowded cabin, and a greater chance of snagging mileage award seats. Taking two days off for a long weekend? Instead of flying Thursday-Sunday, save money by flying Saturday and Tuesday.
2. Traveling between Cities in Europe or Asia: Fly Mid-Day.
Consider scheduling transportation for the middle of the day. If you leave early, you may have to fight rush hour traffic.
3. Visit Islands in Shoulder Season.
This means when crowds are thinner but the weather is still good. Peak season is often when the nearby countries’ vacations are scheduled.
4. Find Hidden Deals.
Sign up for e-mail notifications. The best airfare and hotel sales are usually unannounced: Airlines and hotels target subsets of travelers such as loyalty program members, credit card holders, or people who have registered on their website. They alert them by e-mail to specials. If you can make quick buying decisions, sign up for alerts from flash-sale sites that sell hotel rooms at discounts such as Jetsetter and Tablet Hotels.
5. Book Your Stay During the Week and When There Are No Large Events in Town.
Rates are usually higher on the weekends because demand is higher. Rates usually go down when there is a high vacancy rate, especially in luxury hotels. If you book when there is a high vacancy rate, ask if there is a chance to upgrade to a better room.