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7 Tricks For Getting Affordable Flight Tickets To Your Favorite Destination

7 Tricks For Getting Affordable Flight Tickets To Your Favorite Destination

Are you looking for effective tips and tricks for getting affordable flight tickets to your favorite destination? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Here, in this article, I’ve compiled some tricks to save some bucks on flight tickets while booking. Have a look!

1. Check Fares Constantly

Do you know the average fare difference between buying an airline ticket on the best day to buy it and the worst? I’s about $235!

It’s a fact that airline fares change multiple times a week, so the timing is significant when it comes to buying flight tickets to your favorite destination. As soon as you make up the decision that you’ll be flying, start checking fares on a continuous basis or even at least once a week to get your hands on a good deal.

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Once you’ll find a good deal, get ready to pull the trigger as the fare might change overnight.

2. Buy At The Right Time

When it comes to buying flight tickets, timing is the key. If you want to save some money, you’ll have to keep these points in mind; If you book tickets too late, i.e. within 14 days or too early i.e. more than 5 months in advance, you’ll likely pay a big premium.

If you’re traveling for a holiday or other peak time, the best time to get a good deal within the United States is somewhere between 3 weeks to months in advance.

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3. It’s A Matter Of Days

Another important thing that you need to keep in mind is that some days are cheaper than others. For the domestic flights, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the least expensive days, Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive and Monday, Thursday and Saturday have medium rates.

The average difference between a Tuesday and a Sunday flight is $30 (one-way) and $59 for a round trip.

4. Be Mindful Of Holiday & Seasonality

As a matter of fact, it’s equally important to know when to go on vacation. The major factor that affects ticket prices is how full the flight is. It means that if you’re planning to travel during Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring Break, it would be more expensive than on regular days.

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Moreover, when it comes to international flights, they’re quite seasonal, so it’s better to do some research on low and peak seasons in the place you want to visit during your holidays.

5. Mix & Match Airlines For The Cheapest Tickets

There are several websites that offer a Mix & Match category, which allows you to combine 2 or more fares that might not be on the same airline for a round trip.

Keep in mind that Mix & Match options are very rare and you’ll get the cheap tickets when one airline is going out and the another one is returning or when the airline with a cheap outbound flight doesn’t have a convenient return flight.

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6. Get Registered For Airfare Alerts

Another way to get affordable flight tickets to your favorite destinations is to sign up for Airfare and track routes. You can sign up for Airfare alerts to get all the good deals on flight tickets.

Once you register, you will get notifications right after the sale starts and when the flight has a limited number of seats left. Don’t waste your time and act quickly when a fare sale starts to save a lot of money.

7. Prefer Separate Purchases

When it comes to buying airline tickets, you seldom get a group discount as compared to separate purchases. This is due to the fact that airlines limit the number of seats per flight at their lowest rates. Still, sometimes if you’re traveling in a group, you’ll get greater discounts.

Featured photo credit: Gus Ruballo via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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