How to save money booking travel - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

How to save money booking travel

(Source: KXXV) (Source: KXXV)
WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The holiday travel season is here. While some of us might already have our plans set, others might still be hoping to catch some airline deals.

Bobbi Eskew, General Manager at Allen Samuels House of Travel in Waco, shared some expert advice.

"Travel is like the stock market. The prices change as the day goes on. So, maybe one thing that's priced in the morning low by the afternoon might be a little higher. Tomorrow maybe more, or the next day may have down in price,” Eskew said.

Experts said there is no formula one could use to beat airlines and find the cheap fares.

One factor that does make a major difference is time. How far in advance one looks for deals.

"As you fill a plane up, prices will get higher as they go," Eskew said.

But that might not always lead to the cheapest fares since airlines sometimes put cheap flights on the market just days before scheduled departures.

"And, there are some good fares at the last minute to fill up some space or seats," Eskew said.

Another factor is how flexible one is with the dates one is able to travel.

"Are you able to leave on a Saturday instead of coming home on the Sunday? If you are using the right combination of dates and things, that can make a difference on the price," Eskew said.

Also, the trick of buying on a specific weekday does not always work.

"You hear people say buying tickets on Tuesday evening is better. That does sometimes happen, but usually it’s based on what's open and what hasn't been sold so far," Eskew said.

So, which airline is the cheapest to fly? Eskew said there is not concrete answer.

"When one airline in the market starts a sale, usually the other airlines will match or follow. So, it's not always which airline has the best price, it's who starts the sale," Eskew added.

Eskew said that constantly monitoring airline websites is key. But, if you don't have time to do that, she recommends reaching out to a travel agent.

Copyright 2016 KXXV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Farewell, Korea: First of 3 straight Asian Olympics ends

    Farewell, Korea: First of 3 straight Asian Olympics ends

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 6:39 AM EST2018-02-25 11:39:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>
  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 6:36 AM EST2018-02-25 11:36:54 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>
  • NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:36 AM EST2018-02-24 09:36:41 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 6:36 AM EST2018-02-25 11:36:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    More >>

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly