Land a Better Fare
with these Air Travel Tips

It is no surprise to many of us not living under a rock, that airline tickets have dramatically increased in recent weeks.  With the value of the dollar on the decline and inflation increasing, the squeeze on us all is very real.

There is still some hope that is available to help minimize the increasing cost of air travel.  With coronavirus restrictions easing around the world, travel is on the rise. 

Global passenger numbers were 76 percent higher in March than the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). 

Travel costs have increased due to rising fuel costs, high demand, fewer flights due to labor shortages, and the need for airlines to recoup profits lost during the pandemic.

In the last year, the consumer price index for airline tickets has shot up by 25% – the largest jump since the Federal Reserve of St. Louis began tracking the index in 1989.  You can still find ways to save on flights, however.

  • Use a travel agent.  They have access to vacation packages and fares that are not made public.
  • Use discounts offered through memberships such as AAA and Costco.
  • Consider using an alternative airport for a cheaper fare.
  • Be flexible and choose an affordable destination.
  • Use Points and miles from some credit cards to reduce fares.

American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines offer discounted flights for seniors.  American Airlines (AA) passengers 65 and older can get a discount on AA-operated flights to select international destinations.  Delta offers senior discounts in certain markets.  Contact the airline directly.  

United also offers senior fares to selected travel destinations to customers who are at least 65 years of age.  Ask for more details on these special fares when you make your reservation.  You may also select the seniors (age 65 and older) category on united.com when you make your booking.

Maybe there is still hope for a great summer adventure for you!  Go ahead and give it a try!

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