Most Mako Consultants, Inc. associates love to travel, and business trips are a big part of our operations. We consider these journeys an investment in both our company and our people, but at the same time we like to save a buck or two where we can.
We’ve picked up a few tips on how to cut costs when flying, because air travel with a group can be very expensive. In fact, that’s one of the most interesting tips we’ve discovered: it can be cheaper to buy individual tickets than to buy several at once. Instead of a bulk-rate discount, some airlines will raise prices when you buy multiple tickets.
Another little-known travel hack is to visit an airline’s regional website in a country other than the U.S. Mako Consultants, Inc. leaders were surprised to discover that ticket prices are often cheaper in countries that have a lower cost of living than ours if you use the local currency – just make sure to use a credit card that doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee.
Finally, when shopping around for ticket prices, make sure you clear your browser history after every search (or just go incognito). The websites leave cookies in your browser when you visit them, and those let the next website you visit know that you’re shopping around. This, in turn, prompts the airline to raise the prices, giving buyers the impression that the tickets are getting more expensive by the minute and that they should buy now to get the best rate.
Business travel isn’t cheap, but using these Mako Consultants, Inc. tips will keep you from dedicating more to plane tickets than you must.