You can often get cheaper flights when you depart mid-week. This is not always the case but often flying on a Sunday is the most expensive and mid-week the cheapest.
Weigh your luggage at home to avoid excess overweight charges at the airport. You can buy many devices that do this, or if you don't have a nifty luggage scale then there is always the bathroom scales. Either try putting your suitcase on or get on the scales yourself and see what you weigh. Then weigh yourself with your luggage and see what the difference is - be careful not to fall off!
BYO food for the plane journey. Many airlines now charge for food and even if they don’t, a lovingly prepared home cooked meal on a long flight can be much appreciated and healthier.
Flying indirect can be cheaper. Having a stopover will add time on to your flight but it will most likely mean cheaper fares. It gives you the opportunity to break up the journey and explore a new city (or a pre-visited loved one). However, if you pay for a stop over hotel then it can become more expensive again!
When it comes to connecting flights there are a few things to consider:
Where possible, book your connecting flights with the same airline on the same ticket (e.g. don’t make 2 separate bookings) and make sure they have codesharing. If you do this, and you miss the connection due to airplane delays, the airline is more likely to take care of you.
For domestic connections it is a requirement to leave a minimum of 45 minutes in order to make the connecting flight - but we recommend at least an hour.
For international connections a minimum of between 60 to 90 minutes is required by the airline, depending on the airline and the airport. Again we recommend a little longer and would leave at least 2 hours. On international flights small delays of 30 mins or more are fairly common. This can cause stress in transit and some airports require transfers between terminals.
If you have to clear customs in transit – leave at least 3 hours.
We reckon that your holiday starts when you decide to go. Therefore have fun with your planning and consider it part of the whole experience. Taking care of the details is a way of taking care of yourself and that is very valuable.