Tips for Booking Flights

The wise Saint Augustine said “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. He hit the nail right on the head, but as a 21st century citizen you’ll agree – travelling can be expensive. If you invest with San Martinho Beach Club™, you’ll automatically have access to the Beekman Managed Portfolio (BMP)benefits which means that you can exchange your holiday time for a holiday in more than 4000 resorts worldwide.

Your investment makes international accommodation affordable and easily accessible, but you still need to get there. So, we’ve searched the web to find some tips on how to book cheap flights. Here are some guidelines, which most agree, can help you save when booking your next flight.

Pick your travelling times wisely Try booking your flights to depart on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. The first flight or the evening flights are usually the cheapest as well. In contrast, Monday, Thursday and Friday are the most expensive flights. When searching, also opt for flexible dates

Join a reward programme Sign up for airlines’ frequent flyer programmes. Even if you only take a flight once a year, you’ll accumulate miles that will eventually come in handy and as a welcome surprise.

Shop around If you can think of an airline, check their rates – especially when flying overseas. Locally, start your search with budget carriers Mango and Kulula. For international flights Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Turkish Airlines are oftentimes the cheapest.

Avoid the expensive dates Days before public holidays, around school holidays and before major local events are the most expensive due to the high demand. Interestingly enough, 25 December (Christmas Day) and 31 December are sometimes cheaper. Friday the 13th is also cheaper sometimes due to superstitious believes.

Be prepared and plan ahead There seems to be a lot of theory around this with some sources believing that booking well in advance (at least a year) means flights are cheaper. Others advise to wait at least 6 weeks before you’re flying. Generally speaking, airlines seem to have a system in place where they sell their cheapest tickets first. However, the reverse is also true. If a specific flight isn’t selling well they may drop their prices. However, the general consensus is that absolute last-minute bookings will cost you a bit more. So start looking for tickets as far in advanced as you possibly can and check-in on the rates at least once a week. Book when you see the prices are starting to increase.

The universal 24-hour rule After you book, check the next day to make sure that the price hasn’t dropped. If it did, cancel your flight and rebook. You can also put tickets on hold for a couple of days to make sure the price doesn’t drop. If it increases, you already have the cheaper ticket reserved so buy it.

Make use of our One-stop travel services Remember that as a BMP Member you can request that our consultants assist you with flight bookings and car hire at your destination. Chat through your travelling requirements with them when making a booking.