SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – As summer creeps around the corner and demand for flights soars, there may still be a way to secure a competitive deal for your big vacation in the coming months.
Lousson Smith, Product Operations Specialist at Scott's Cheap Flights, filled KCBS Radio in on the tips and tricks to travel affordably.
"If you're looking to travel late July and early August before the kids go back to school, you just have to be willing to go to a less popular destination or go off the beaten path," Smith said. "The key is, if you find a price that you see in the next week or two, go ahead and book that price because the closer we get to those dates, the higher the prices are going to go."
Due to COVID-19 caution, domestic travel prices have skyrocketed in recent months, so it may be within a globetrotter's interest to book that international trip they've been holding out on, Smith advised.
"There's been such an increase in demand for domestic travel because people are comfortable traveling within the country, people are still a little wary to go overseas, so there's a lot of domestic demand," he said. "I would say the value is to go overseas."
For Bay Area folks, it is possible to find a flight to Europe for $400 to $500, especially if they stop on the East Coast on the way. "Depending on where you're going within the state, you might be paying similar prices," Smith said. "It might be your best bet to head overseas."
No matter where your destination is, Smith encouraged travelers to book their trips as soon as possible, as he warned "the demand for both international and domestic travel is a lot more dense than it was pre-pandemic."