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As a student who is studying abroad, you’ll need to know how to get the best plane tickets. During your study abroad, you are going to be flying a lot. You’ll be traveling between your home country and the city you study during summer and winter break. You’ll also want to buy tickets to travel domestically during spring and fall vacations or even for a weekend trip. But do you know the best time to book tickets? Check out our tips below for the best times to get cheap airfare!
Tip 1: Be An Early Bird
Even though we know it’s good to do things early and not procrastinate, we often ignore this advice! However, when it comes to buying cheap plane tickets, it’s best to book your tickets in advance! StudentUniverse data confirms this. For example, look at the prices of tickets for winter vacation: it’s cheapest to book early, in September. Although there will be small price drops occasionally throughout the fall, the average cost of the ticket increases the closer you are to December.
In short, remember to plan ahead and start watching ticket prices in advance.
Another tip: don’t forget to check your university’s academic calendar! The academic calendar will list the important dates of each semester, such as vacations and exams. Sometimes you can see the dates for holidays and final exams for the following semester as well.
Tip 2: Take advantage of the “flexible search” feature.
A common piece of advice is that you can always find the cheapest tickets when you travel on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It’s true that some days are cheaper to fly on than others, but it can vary, so always double-check! The cheapest days to fly change depending on the airline, the route, and the time of year. Use the “flexible search” feature to see the prices of different combinations of trip dates so that you can choose the ticket that fits your schedule best.
* There are small symbols that indicate the most cost-effective choice.
Tip 3: Be a smart (and flexible) traveler
You can’t always change the price of the ticket, but you can adjust your plans! For example, during Thanksgiving and other holidays, avoid the most popular destinations and save some money.
Be flexible with your origin and destination airport. If you’re studying in Boston, for example, you might search for flights from airports in New York as well to see if there are better flights or cheaper prices.
Tip 4: Use your resources as a student
As a student, you’re eligible to receive discounts on your travel! StudentUniverse focuses on student travel and offers discounts on flights, hotels, and other travel packages to help you travel more for less! Become a member with StudentUniverse by registering on their website with your university “.edu” email address. Students who go to school in China may also register. Your student status allows you to buy discount tickets for more than 90 airlines worldwide.
Of course, you might prefer to pay a little extra for more seating space, extra baggage, or some other perks that are included with premium or business class tickets. StudentUniverse also has student specials on these tickets. In addition, some tickets on StudentUniverse qualify for their 24-hour free cancellation policy. If you have any questions, you can contact StudentUniverse’s Chinese customer service and support.
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