I thought I'd covered the topic of air travel tips for the holiday season, but here are a few new ones to share, courtesy of Warren Chang, VP of the Fly.com farefinder website.
- To find cheap fares: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are typically the least expensive days to fly. For holiday travel, fares are often cheaper on the actual holiday itself, rather than the days before or after. Also, many airfare sales run from Tuesday to Thursday, so try checking for fares and booking on these days.
- To get updates about flight delays and cancellations, check airlines for mobile apps or email alerts.
- If you end up with spare time at an airport, use the GateGuru app to find out about food, shopping, amenities, etc. (Side note: reportedly GateGuru is expanding its services to include easy car rental at the airport, too.)
- If your flight gets canceled, of course you'll head to the customer service desk to rebook, along with everyone else, but savvy customers also start dialing the airline's customer service number asap, and you can also try the Next Flight app to get yourself onto the next available flight.