The world has gotten smaller in such a way that it is quite easy to travel to the other side of the world. Sometimes, airline tickets can still be pricey when it comes to long-haul flights or when you book the flight near the travel date. But not to worry, there are still some ways for you to lower the amount you have to pay for those tickets. Here are some tips you have to remember:

Troll airline websites

Airline companies compete for the attention of passengers that they offer discounts left and right. Checking out deals during the low season or off-peak season is a good time. You can also sign up for a subscription to an airline’s newsletter. They include scheduled flash sales and exclusive deals to subscribers. You can get around 5% to as much as 75% off!

Follow e-commerce sites

E-commerce has made it as easy as 1-2-3 to buy and sell anything and everything under the sun. This is even more true when booking your airline tickets. They summarize all the travel promos in one neat package (aka their website) so all you have to do is pick one and make that reservation or booking.

Be a loyalty cardholder

If you are a frequent flyer, you can easily score discounted rates or even get free flights by using your miles. The more you fly, the more miles you rack up. Ergo, more discounts for you and money saved. Some airlines even offer a special credit line for loyalty cardholders through an airline credit card. Airlines partner with credit card companies and frequent usage of the card, not necessarily on plane tickets, will earn you points. When you reach a certain “milestone,” it “unlocks” perks or freebies for you.

Don’t be afraid to explore unknown destinations

Let your inner “Dora” come out and explore the world. It is understandable why you want to visit famous big cities like LA, New York, Paris, or London. But flying to those destinations, staying at hotels, eating, and shopping there may cost you an arm and a leg, not to mention the need to fight off the crowds. So do yourself a favor and go for alternative routes. For example, instead of heading to LA, consider going to northern California and go to Fort Bragg. There are beaches and forests that you can visit. A 1-week hotel stay can only cost you USD 162 versus USD 675 in LA.