7 ways to save money on your next plane ticket purchase – Forbes Advisor
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There are plenty of tips on how to find cheap flights, from flexibility on your dates to checking out nearby airports. However, once you find a good flight deal, the savings don’t end.
There are many ways to save money on buying airline tickets, from using discount programs to using the right credit card. Here are seven of the best ways to cut your personal expenses when booking airline tickets.
American Express International Airlines Program
There’s another way American Express cardholders can save hundreds, if not thousands, on flights. Card holders The American Express Platinum Card®, The The American Express Business Platinum Card® and American Express Centurion® Card* cards can use Amex’s international airlines program to book premium flights at a discount. Consult your American Express card for additional conditions and details.
Discounts are valid on approximately two dozen participating airlines for premium economy, business class and first class tickets. Flights must start in the United States and Canada, and you will usually need to book a round trip to get a discount.
The discounts can be very varied. For example, you can save less than $ 100 round trip on some premium economy class flights to Europe. But, at least you get the savings.
Alternatively, for premium economy class flights to Asia, you can save over $ 800 round trip, as in this example in premium economy class from Japan Airlines.
Anyone planning to splurge for International First Class will definitely want to check prices through the International Airlines Program if you are an eligible cardholder. For example, from New York to Singapore, you can save almost $ 1,000 on Swiss First Class flights, over $ 2,500 on Lufthansa First Class, or nearly $ 4000 on Cathay Pacific First Class.
Save on flights using Amex offers
Amex offers are targeted offers for American Express cardholders offering cash back rewards or bonus points for making qualifying purchases at certain merchants. Cardholders can be targeted for up to 100 Amex offers at a time.
At any time, multiple Amex offers can be travel-related. We’ve seen several lucrative airline deals in the past, including:
- Alaska: Get $ 40 cash back for any spend of $ 200 or more
- Delta: Get $ 120 cash back for any spend of $ 600 or more
- Air France / KLM: get 20,000 bonus points for $ 1,000 spent or more
- Air New Zealand: Get $ 300 back for any spend of $ 1,500 or more
- Qantas: Get $ 200 Cash Back for any spend of $ 1,000 or more
- China Eastern Airlines: Get $ 200 Cash Back for Spending $ 1,000 or More
- Aerolineas Argentinas: Get $ 100 cash back for any spend of $ 500 or more
You can view your current Amex travel related offers by logging into your Amex account and navigation on this page.
Up to $ 200 off British Airways using the AARP discount
I joined the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) when I was full time and at the age of 30. Why ? By paying $ 16 per year for an AARP subscription, I saved almost $ 1,000 on British Airways flights.
AARP members of any age can save up to $ 65 per person per round trip in Economy Class (World Traveler) and Premium Economy Class (World Traveler Plus). Or, members can save up to $ 200 per person per roundtrip Business Class (Club World).
There are a lot of terms and conditions to keep in mind about this offer. First, the discount does not apply to British Airways ultra-low base fares. You will need to be a US resident, pay in US dollars, start your trip in the US and return to the same airport; no open jaw is allowed. Flights must be operated by British Airways, American Airlines or Iberia. American Airlines and Iberia flights must be booked using a British Airways codeshare flight number.
You must search and book flights through a British Airways Special Discount page after logging into your AARP account. The discount does not apply to flights booked by phone.
This version of the AARP discount is currently valid for flights booked before January 31, 2022 for travel through December 31, 2022. However, some versions of this discount have been available for years, usually extended from one year to the next. approaching the expiration date.
10% discount on British Airways flights using a British Airways Visa Signature® card
Travelers can also save 10% on British Airways flights by using a British Airways Visa Signature® credit card and book a British Airways flight from the United States to London via www.ba.com/Chase10.
One of the main aspects of this offer is that it reduces the total price of the flight, including taxes and airport charges. You can apply the discount to any rate in any class of service. And you can apply the discount for up to eight travelers in the same booking.
To qualify for the discount, you will need to select an itinerary where all flights are operated by British Airways. This means you won’t be able to connect inside the US and will need to transit through London, which charges notoriously high taxes and fees. Then you will need to be logged into your British Airways Executive Club account to apply this discount code.
10% discount on Iberia flights using the Iberia Visa Signature® card
One of the advantages of holding an Iberia Visa credit card is that you benefit from a 10% reduction on Iberia flights. To benefit from the reduction, all flights must be operated by Iberia, Iberia Express or Iberia Regional Air Nostrum. You must log into your Iberia Plus account and book a return trip via iberia.com/Chase10. Traveling in a group? You can apply the discount up to nine passengers booked on the same flights and at the same time.
While it may sound similar to the British Airways discount, the Iberia discount is much less lucrative. First, the 10% discount is only applied on the base fare. Surcharges, taxes and airport charges imposed by the carrier are not reduced. This can mean cuts of just a few dollars on really cheap rates.
Redeem points through a credit card travel portal
Another way to save on your personal expenses for a flight is to use credit card points to book through the bank’s travel portal.
Chase offers several travel cards that earn points that you can use for flights. Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for flights, hotels, car rentals, and more at the rate of 1.5 cents per point. Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card cardholders can redeem points for travel purchases at the rate of 1.25 cents each.
American Express cardholders typically receive 1 cent per Membership Rewards point in value for flights booked through Amex Travel. The Business Platinum Card® for American Express cardholders benefits from a 35% discount on points, up to 500,000 points per calendar year, on business class and first class flights booked through Amex Travel or in any service cabin of the selected airline. This brings the effective repayment rate to 1.54 cents per point.
Capital One cardholders can redeem miles for qualifying travel purchases at the rate of 1 cent each. Simply load the flight onto your card, then cover it using miles within 90 days of posting the purchase. Uppercase cards who earn miles include Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card and the capital Capital One® Spark® Miles for businesses*.
Use a co-branded credit card to get free checked baggage
There is another important aspect to remember when choosing which credit card to use for purchasing flights. Many airline co-branded credit cards offer free checked baggage. However, the terms and conditions of some of these cards require that you use the co-branded credit card when booking your flight in order to obtain this benefit. Other terms and conditions may also apply.
Credit cards that offer a first free checked baggage when traveling with the partner airline, include:
You may need to use your card to book your flight in order to receive the first free checked baggage benefit. It won’t necessarily save you money when purchasing the flight. However, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars on your trip if you are traveling with a few travel companions.
When booking flights, finding a good deal is just the start. Be sure to use the discount programs highlighted in this article to save even more when purchasing your plane ticket. By doing so, you may be able to save hundreds (or even thousands) on the purchase, recoup hundreds of dollars on the purchase, or save on other fees.
Amex offers at 100 per account:
BA 10% discount: