How to find offers for the best flights
So, to evaluate the actual cost (and not the price!) of the ticket, it is necessary to avoid that other expenses, however, loss of precious time (which, however, is a value) can make it the inconvenient choice.
Often the difference between a flight served by the first airline in the world and the last one is only 5-10%. However, this means not only travelling with greater comfort and safety but also having more guarantees on schedules, overbooking, lost luggage (a thorny subject that we will go into later) and so on. You may spend more hours on the plane than in a hotel. It seems logical to me to choose the flight also considering these aspects, a bit like when you choose the accommodation.
If you find the ticket on a booking site, remember to always check the cost of the flight you have chosen on the company’s website. For several reasons, the flight may cost a little more on their website. However, you only need to run into discomfort once (such as a big delay on the connection) to understand how important it is to have the best guarantees offered by direct purchase.
In any case, be very careful that the flight is managed by a single company or at most in “code-share”. This offers you more guarantees in case of cancellations, delays, etc., especially on connecting flights.
Another thing you should bear in mind once you become a serial traveller is that sometimes it is better to spend a little more (if it is a little bit) and take a flight with a company of a group (which you may use often) that entitles you to many miles because, you will see, for those who fly are like cash. This assessment is quite complex but I’m sure you’ll learn how to do it over time.
If you are interested in this aspect, don’t forget to consider the group of companies that allows you to use your accumulated miles. The main Airlines Alliance serving Italy are currently three: “Star Alliance”, “One World” and “Sky Team”. Evaluate their size and type, find all the details online. For the more demanding it is good to know that, at least in my opinion, they are of three different levels, but I will not be here to specify my opinion on this because I do not want to be sued.
How to find offers for business flights by paying for your economy ticket
We have said that flying, especially at night, is often the most stressful part. Travelling in business is another thing. It’s not just a matter of useless luxury or avoiding having to sit elbow to elbow with a sumo wrestler. When you fly for a long time, having space around you, being able to lie horizontally like on a bed, reserving exclusive meals and entertainment and excellent service, can become important things. It doesn’t just mean recovering the day of travel (which itself becomes a day of vacation) but also those on arrival, because you could rest on the plane. And as already mentioned, time is the most precious asset. The business ticket also includes more baggage allowances and priority on their delivery on arrival or in case of loss.
Also, travelling in this class allows access to fast tracks to skip tedious files. Still, it guarantees access to lounges, private lounges sites at the airport that offer various services, food, magazines, drinks and a luxury hotel treatment that makes waiting a pleasant moment of relaxation. Some lounges also offer free SPA services. And I said it all.
That’s why, as many people know, the cost of business can get to be more than four times higher than the economy.
In recent years, a middle class called “premium economy” has also been created. The latter offers good advantages, but although initially promoted at attractive prices, it is now well known and therefore often expensive.
The trick to travelling in business paying for your economy ticket is to use your credit card. Good strength, you’ll say, in this way everyone is capable. But I do not mean the credit card to pay for the ticket, but the daily use of a card that allows the accumulation of miles. Doing this for every euro spent you will be entitled to one mile (up to three for some American Express). This means that every time you do your shopping, or sadly pay your taxes, you will at least have the comfort of having earned miles. The latter is worth very little if you use them to buy items, as you do with the many points cards. But investing as a ticket upgrade buys a great value because in reality for the companies this is not a big cost.
To earn enough miles on flights you would have to travel a lot. With this method, however, you will do so daily.
To increase your mileage account, you can use the card for your work, have your family open it, or pay for your friends’ accounts. If you buy flights with a credit card, this will double your miles. When you sign up for free surety programs, you will also receive other offers.
Don’t squander this advice, in America for example, where it has been in place for several years, the airline policy starts to be more restrictive, especially for award flights.
Miles can also be used to get a free flight award, but that’s not how you value the most. If you choose this route to remember that you must have a large advance in booking because seats are limited.
In Italy lately, there are a couple of groups of companies in which you can use these miles, with their credit cards and surety cards, and the tables for conversion.
Another attempt to access these classes without bleeding out can be made by subscribing to newsletters and surety programs and waiting for offers.
The last chance that is proposed by some companies that, lately, allow you to make an offer for the upgrade after the purchase of the economy ticket.
Just try the business once and you’ll see that, before choosing any other flight, you’ll try to find one in that class, even if this would involve minor changes to your programs.