The world is getting smaller, and nowadays, a record number of travelers are choosing to fly to get their destination. It’s an easy choice; after all they say flying is still safer than driving a car on a highway. And with a lot of smaller airlines joining the skies, air travel is getting more and more affordable, with even the bigger and more established airlines lowering their prices to keep up with the competition.
I’ve already covered some of the ways you can fly for cheap on my previous post. However, with the coming holiday, the travel industry is approaching their peak season, and tickets won’t come cheap. But there are still some ways to get airfare discounts, which aren’t usually advertised by the industry. Here are some discounts you can look into:
- senior citizen’s discount – if you’re 65+, you’re eligible to get this discount. Almost all airlines honor them, and you can get these even through booking at travel agencies. If you’re purchasing your tickets online, though, be warned that not all online travel sites can offer this discount. And be prepared to show your senior citizen’s ID when you check in.
- military discount – this is strictly for military personnel, and depends on the discretion of the airline. You’ll also have to book this directly with the airlines, since not all travel agencies, especially the online ones, can offer this discount. You’ll also need proof to back this up.
- bereavement/compassion fares – this is one discount I pray you’ll never need. This discount applies if any in your immediate family passes away. As with the military discount, this is also upon airline’s discretion. You’ll need to show a copy of the medical or death certificate to validate your claim.
- companion fares – this is a special kind of discount not commonly offered. However, you can try with your travel agency or airline, and sometimes this is even offered online. There are restrictions to this ticket, however. You must travel together on all parts of the itinerary, and you or your companion won’t be allowed to change or cancel the ticket without changing the other one’s as well.
To be continued…