The booking tricks you can use to snag cheaper airfares now – with the cost of flights set to soar amid surging demand and airline staff shortages
- Airfares soar as in-demand airlines face staff shortages and high fuel costs
- Airlines will likely be looking to reduce their flight capacity from September
- Aussies can beat the sky-high ticket costs with a few sneaky booking tricks
- All cost-conscious travellers can evade price hikes by booking on the right days
A consumer advocate has shared the tricks anyone can use to avoid sky-high airfares as flight booking data shows most Australians are planning to travel in the next 12 months.
Airlines behind the mass cancellations and delays at airports in recent months have been pushing up their ticket prices too, but research shows three out of every five Australians are still planning an escape in the next year.
Airfares have risen some 14 per cent in the last two months alone, pushing the average return economy international flight price in Australia to $1,761, based on flight searches in July. In the same time, the price of a domestic fare has also increased.
An increasing demand from travellers who have saved up cash in the last two years to go overseas has driven the rise in airfares.
Experts say the airlines are also looking to reduce their capacity within the next two months due to the rising fuel prices and staffing issues.
Finder’s travel expert Stephanie Yip says there are some sneaky ways consumers can beat the pinch and save on their travel costs, including booking flights for later this year now while major airlines are still having sales.
Data shows the majority of Aussies are planning to get away in the next 12 months, but with the increased demand and staff and fuel shortages, airfare prices are on the rise
Experts say there are a few booking tricks the average Australian can use to get a cheaper fare
HOW TO BEAT SOARING AIRFARES
1. Book flights when they become available at a discounted price
2. Set up price alerts to see fare changes
3. Fly in the weekday slots
4. Book as early as possible
‘Now’s actually a great time to book late 2022 and early 2023 flights as a bunch of sales were released this week,’ she said.
‘If you have a destination in mind but the price is too high, set up a price alert to be notified whenever the fare changes.
There are some days cost-conscious Aussies should not plan to fly at all, Ms Yip said.
‘Weekend flights from Friday to Sunday are often the most expensive and most in demand.
‘If you can fly out on a weekday, Tuesday is often the cheapest, that can really help to keep costs down.
Her other tip was to jump on cheap fares as soon as they show up.
‘Book as early as you can. If you see a cheap international fare, snag it straight away,’ she said.
Consumers should be looking to book flights for week days and getting in early with sales with the price of airfares set to rise further later in the year