1. Last minute means better deals:
Every once in a while you
can get a great deal at the last minute. However, usually the best bets are
advance purchases and checking out sales that tend to appear most often on
2. You can change the name on a ticket: On some low cost airlines you can change the name on a ticket for a fee, but on most airlines, and especially when international travel is involved, there are no name changes allowed. If in doubt, read the rules before you buy or contact the travel agent/airline you intend to buy your ticket from.
3. You can book tickets more than a year in advance: Reservation systems are only built to book up to a year in advance.
4. You can upgrade a ticket to first class for a nominal fee:
First Class, Singapore Airlines 777-300ER (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
6. You need to stay over a Saturday night for the best airfare: This is less and less the standard for securing a good price for your ticket. International travel does usually still have a minimum stay requirement but domestically Saturday night is nowadays rarely a requirement.
7. Airlines will offer discounts or special airfares for bereavement/family emergencies: Many airlines do offer discounts for this type of travel, but most low cost airlines don´t. The discounts are offered for travel wholly on one airline. You won't be able to travel on several airlines and secure this type of airfare. Many times the benefit of such
8. You always have the choice of booking a one way ticket, instead of a roundtrip: Be careful because some countries may refuse visitors entry without proof of a roundtrip ticket.
9. Airlines can change a ticket booked by a travel agency: Unfortunately, this is not always true. The travel agency, whether it be online or in person, owns the file and may have ticket rules that airline reservation agents simply have no access to. Or, you may be booked on more than one airline with specific flight routing that got you the airfare you wanted.
10. You can change/refund tickets bought through a wholesale outlet or a bucket shop: Because these tend to be highly discounted tickets, changes or cancellations are rarely permitted. The seats are often bought in bulk from the airlines and the airfares are private and are not accessible to airline reservation agents.