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October 2013

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From the Director's Desk

$uccessful Start's Annual Clothing Drive

Financial Literacy Focus: Budgeting

Ten Tips for Cheaper Airline Tickets

    By Teighlor Baker

    At this time of year, we’re all worried. About what? Getting home. This is a legitimate concern, considering Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most expensive times during the year to travel. Well have no fear! Here are ten tips to beat the tricky airlines, purchase a cheaper ticket, and of course be a happier traveler!

  1. Tuesday after 3:00 p.m. EST
    Never EVER doubt the airlines’ abilities to be tricky. They don’t want you to find cheap prices, so they make better prices available at times when most people are generally busy. Give yourself a few minutes each Tuesday around this time to glance at some airline tickets. You’ll see what I mean.
  2. Fare compare websites aren’t always on your side
    Some of these sites you may be familiar with Kayak, Priceline, FareCompare, etc. However, what you may not notice is that a lot of these sites don’t include every airline. For example: Kayak does not include Southwest in its search. Make sure not to forget to search southwest.com and other budget airline direct websites.
  3. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
    A lot of people suffer from FOMO. I have a solution. If you’re really worried about missing out on this seemingly great price, buy it! It’s best to check beforehand with the particular airline, but some airlines will refund you or switch your price if the price declines after your purchase. It’s worth a try!
  4. Be Flexible
    If you can be flexible with either your departure/arrival city or date, do it. Look at the larger airports around you. Look at the days around your desired date to see if prices go up or down. If you can do both, HURRAY!
  5. Use fare comparison sites
    Websites like yapta.com and airfarewatchdog.com will allow you to enter a certain trip (day, destination, departure, etc.) and will send you email notifications when deals for that trip come up. It can be your second set of eyes. Use them!
  6. Leave in the dark of the night
    Really. Who wants to fly at midnight? You do. It can save you money. It’s not the most convenient, but if you want to save a penny this could be a good option for you.
  7. Buy ahead of time
    According to research the best time to buy your ticket is 6 weeks prior to departure. So look NOW. It can’t hurt to be aware of what this could cost you.
  8. Wednesday is your day
    It’s a little odd, yes, but flying on a Wednesday is your best bet. Airlines know that most people can’t drop what they’re doing in the middle of the week and just leave, but studies show that travelers who fly on Wednesdays save the most money. So, out-maneuver the evil airlines, and go home on hump day.
  9. Search like Sherlock
    Most airlines release their reduced fares either very late at night or very early in the morning, so if you’re really pressed for time, stay up late or set an alarm to remind you to check.
  10. Be Calm!
    It’s all going to work out in the end. Just take a deep breath and above all- NEVER STOP SEARCHING!

New Faces!

$uccessful Start is happy to welcome two new faces to our office. We’re all excited about the new academic year with all the promise that it brings.

Steve Rugg is our Graduate Assistant. He is working on his Master of Divinity at the School of Theology and Ministry.

Teighlor Baker is our Work-Study. She is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences and is in the Pre Law program.

Both Steve and Teighlor can be reached at successfulstart@bc.edu.

 


Online Sources

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/04/18/8-insider-secrets-to-booking-cheap-airfare

http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/air-travel/tips-for-finding-cheap-airfare

http://www.farecompare.com/travel-advice/tips-from-air-travel-insiders/