Consider this scenario; your weekdays is spent most on your job and you feel all tired and exhausted after a hard day’s work. Do you think you still have the energy to get out of your house, drive your car and get in line in front of an airline ticket office? Certainly not! For people who have little time to spend or are completely workaholic, online booking is certainly the best choice for you. Here is a basic guide to help you through the internet booking process.
1. Pros and Cons of Online Travel Booking
– It’s quicker and easier to book online with the click of a mouse, unless you have an unreliable or slow Internet connection.
– Most airlines usually offer incentives for cheaper flights if you book online.
– As with most things relating to holidays, the earlier you book, the more likely you will get a discount, although this has to be balanced with the possibility of cheaper deals if you book at the very last minute. Last minute deals are still available, but they are not’t as widespread as they would have been a few years ago.
– Booking online means that it’s also easy to track prices. The prices can fluctuate daily so you can get a good deal by simply watching the prices on a price comparison website.
– It can sometimes be hard to find a real bargain when surfing the web, and it can take up your time if you don’t know where to look.
– In some cases, a bargain bucket flight price can be cheap for a reason – there might be long stopovers and flights could be routed through another airport, which may make the journey cheaper but can add hours onto the time it takes to get to your destination.
– Weigh up whether it’s actually worth doing before going ahead with what seems like an amazingly good deal.
– To get the cheapest prices, you may have to fly late at night/early in the morning and on certain days of the week. For example, weekend flights are likely to be more expensive than, say, flights on Tuesdays.
– Take into account spending on getting to the airport. Add the cost of getting there and back again, or airport parking, to the fare to work out whether your cheapest option is going to cost you more overall than the next best price.
– Not all website’s include taxes and charges in the costs when you start your booking process so make sure you check before you get to the end or you could be in for a shock!
2. Choosing a Website
There are so many travel website’s that it can be hard to know whether the one you’re looking at is reputable. It pays to shop around when you’re booking a holiday, so compare what’s available on different website’s, as well as the different prices before you make a decision.
When it comes to flights – look for the following aspects on a travel website:
A rundown of exactly what is – and is not – included in the price
A layout out all the taxes and charges that apply
Competitive price quotes
Discounts for booking online
Well defined terms and conditions
Options and prices for flights on other days
Information on your luggage allowance
Offers the option for paperless tickets, online check in and free delivery
A secure booking page to protect your details
Information on additional fees for card payments
Frequently asked questions and company information/contact details.
Remember that the Internet is a place that can be extraordinarily useful, and you can find some great bargains, but because it’s easy too choose a holiday online, does not mean you don’t have to be careful! Shop around and you can get a fantastic deal…just be flexible and be aware – and if in any doubt, don’t!