Airlines Don’t Want You to Know About These Secrets

When you’re traveling by air, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. And not just because the flight was delayed or canceled. The airlines want to make sure that their customers are paying top dollar for what they offer. They don’t want you to know these airline secrets, but we do. 

Read on to find out how you can use your knowledge of airline secrets to save money and have an easier time when flying.

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Booking flights in advance is cheaper than last minute booking

While booking your flight late into the night can be helpful in some cases, you will always get a better deal if you book your ticket ahead of time. Why? Because airlines are trying to fill up their seats and hence offer the first tickets at discounted prices. Hence, if you want to save money, book your ticket at least a month in advance.

Check bags for free

Did you know that many airlines allow travelers to check one bag without charge? This is an excellent way to save money on travel expenses and allows for more room in the baggage section of the plane where checked luggage goes. Just make sure not to overpack or exceed the airline’s weight limit.

Know when it’s worth it to pay extra

There are some instances where customers may need additional services such as priority seating with an increased legroom space, but paying exorbitant amounts of money just so they can get slightly better service isn’t always necessary. 

Traveling light saves you money

When it comes to what you pack with you onto the airplane, there are some travel essentials that everyone should remember. Number one is traveling light. Don’t overpack because this not only slows down how fast you can go through security but also takes away valuable space on the airplane itself. Instead, bring carry-on luggage and avoid checking bags (if possible) because doing so costs extra money.

Making changes last minute can cost extra

Oftentimes, people wait until the last minute to make changes on airline tickets. But if you want to save yourself some money, don’t do this. Instead, get your ticket changed as soon as possible so that it’s cheaper than getting a new one altogether.

Comparing prices can get you a better deal

It can be easy to book flights at random because people are often only looking out for their own convenience and not necessarily what is best in terms of price per flight.

If you’re willing to spend an hour or two comparing prices across multiple websites including Google Flights, Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, and more, then you’ll notice that there are numerous deals available that will help lower the cost of your airfare without sacrificing too much service quality.

Traveling with a pet will cost you extra

Some airlines charge additional fees for pets to fly in the cabin with their owners. If your pet is small enough and quiet, it may be possible to get away without paying such an expense but always double-check before making any assumptions about this. This can help lower costs substantially if done correctly. 

Frequent flier programs will help reduce costs even more

Many travelers don’t realize how easy it is to earn free airfare through frequent flyer rewards programs offered by nearly every major airline carrier out there today.

People who sign up usually rack up points on each flight they take which allows them to accumulate more and more flights over time – even after just one or two trips. So why not give these reward systems a try?

Airport parking services can be used for safekeeping

If traveling by air is something you do often, it may be worth the investment to find an affordable airport parking service so that your car can stay safe while you aren’t around.

Airport lots are always watched over and have security cameras everywhere which reduces the risk of having any valuable items in your vehicle stolen or damaged in some way. This will save time and money in the long run. 

Using credit card companies for flights is beneficial

Many people use credit cards to pay for flights because they accumulate points and miles that can be redeemed later on. It’s important to consider this option when you’re booking your next trip so that the money spent will benefit you in some way. Just make sure not to spend more than is necessary and avoid piling up debt.


In conclusion, there are many ways to save money and get the most out of your air travel. While we don’t recommend skimping out on costs, there is certainly a way you can reduce how much it’ll cost for that next trip. We hope these airline secrets helped increase your knowledge of the airline industry. Let us know which ones you already knew.

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About the author

Jay Patton is a serial traveler and adventure seeker, based in Portland, Oregon. He enjoys hiking, running, and traveling the world, and is always on the lookout for the next big adventure.