When on the hunt for the cheapest airfare, always search for one traveler, not two. That’s right, you should search for one flight at a time to save money.
This may seem counter-intuitive. If you are not a solo traveler, you are looking for tickets for both you and your significant/friends/family. So why only search one ticket?
The same seat on a plane can cost varying prices at varying times. As everyone knows, airlines put seats on sale frequently. But what if there is only one sale seat left? By searching for one traveler, then two travelers, you may turn up different prices. And sometimes airlines release one discounted ticket at a time so there aren’t too many available.
For example, if an airline has only one discounted seat at $500 remaining and the rest of the seats are $600, by searching one traveler, then increasing and search for two seats, you will see the discrepancy, and you can book one ticket at a time, paying only $1,100 for the tickets. But if you only search 2 travelers, the airline will automatically take two tickets at the same price (because it won’t allow different prices in the same reservation), and you would end up paying $1,200. That extra $100 is could be a beach dinner for two with wine. Or a fun excursion or tour at your destination. Every dollar counts!
You do, however, always want to make sure to search for the number of seats you need for your party before you book separately to make sure that there are enough seats available before you book. This is especially true if you are looking to do business or first class, as the seating options are limited and many times there may only be one first class seat left.
I will also note that you want to search solo, but that isn’t to say you will book solo. Start solo so that you have an idea of the base ticket price and you can see if it is more with multiple people. Knowledge is power!
So remember, search one but don’t just be done. Do all of your research on availability to make sure there is enough room for your party. But don’t be the airlines’ sucker. I have saved myself and others hundreds by purchasing single tickets rather than tickets for two (or more). Those coins can go towards doing somewhere fun, not getting there.
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