Whether you have a specific trip in mind or just want to fit more travel into your busy life and limited budget, this course will provide detailed instructions for finding and booking the best flight deals for your trip.
We will start off with easy tips and tools that you can put to use immediately to cut the cost of your airfare. After that, we will dive deeper into the technical components of airfare pricing, decode the terminology, and apply this knowledge to real-life scenarios.
Detailed screencasts with step-by-step instructions to specific scenarios will provide a template for you to apply to your specific trip idea. I will even uncover some controversial techniques that airlines don't want you to know, and the possible pitfalls of these techniques.
No prior knowledge is needed to begin this course, and after completion, you will know more than many travel and airline agents! But be careful - after applying these strategies and sharing your results with friends and family, they may demand your help!
General tips for when to purchase your ticket, when the cheapest times to fly are, and general provisions of domestic and international tickets.
General tips for when to purchase your ticket, when the cheapest times to fly are, how often prices change, when to buy, and general provisions of domestic and international tickets.
Using Google Flights to find the best price when neither your dates not destination are flexible.
Using Google Flights to find the cheapest days to fly to a particular destination.
Using ITA Matrix to search for the cheapest dates within a given month and trip duration.
Where to look for great flight deals when you don't care where or when you go.
What we learned in section 1 and where to go from here.
Test your knowledge of what you've learned so far.
The technical details of what components determine the price you pay for a ticket.
Defining tricky ticketing terms.
Now that we know goes into pricing a ticket, let's build that price from the bottom-up.
You can't win the game if you don't know the rules! Here, we'll go over where you can find the fare rules for a ticket, what each section means, and how you can take advantage of this information.
In this example, we take a look at a real situation where a stopover was added in the passenger's home city to save $600 on a one-way flight.
In this example, I show how you can use layovers to get up to 24 hours in intermediate cities along the way.
In this example, I show how you can see whether a stopover is allowed on a flight you're interested in booking, and how to find the exact flights you'll need to book to make it work.
I was bitten by the travel bug in 2008 when I made a resolution to visit a new place each month. After that, I decided to quit my job and move to New Zealand for 6 months in 2009. Upon returning, I started researching how to reduce the cost of my biggest travel expense: airfare. I studied, experimented, and participated in numerous online forums, and became the flight expert for my family and friends. To share my knowledge, I started an airfare deals blog for where I live, and I've created this course to show you how to creatively find great deals on airfare.
Last year alone, I flew over 60,000 miles to seven countries, on 44 flights, for a grand total of $1,274.82. This course will show you how to get results just like that.