How To Get Lower Airfares
Posted on: 12/07/2011 by Tracy Thompson – Senior Marketing Writer at Egencia
You could hit someone up for money in the airport lounge.
Take advantage of that fancy new ‘overhead bin’ seating option.
Or you can go with Egencia.
Egencia has been in the business travel industry for awhile now, and through this experience we’ve found some consistent and effective ways to get lower airfares for business travelers.
First off, one of the best ways to find lower airfares is to book as early as possible (at least 22 or more days in advance). In our 2012 Global Travel Forecast study, we found, just by booking early, that you could achieve 29% savings on ticket prices to Toronto, 27% to Houston, 44% to Paris, and 20% to Beijing.
Second, non-refundable tickets cost 49% less than refundable tickets on some U.S. domestic routes, and 56% less on some international routes. You can reduce airfares by up to 65% simply by considering a minimum 2-hour window between connections.
Finally, if you choose to book corporate travel on our site, please take advantage of our flight search filters to quickly identify the cheapest time of day to fly. This information is displayed in the overview grid at the top of the flight search results.
However, if you’re not an Egencia customer, the last tip won’t help much unless you join up with us. Learn how to get started here. Of course, if you choose not to join up, you can always rely on the airport lounge to maybe pick up a bit of extra cash (here’s a list of some of the nicest airport lounges in the world).
Safe travels and happy landings from Egencia.