If you’re planning a trip to the United States from India, you have a lot of expenses to worry about and the 15-hour flight is one of the most daunting ones. But if you act smart, you can save on whatever you spend on. Try these tricks to get a good flight deal.
How to Get a Cheap Flight from India to USA?
- Book Early
When planning a trip to the United States, your visa alone will take at least 30 days to be processed, which means you must have your trip planned well in advance. Book your flight ticket as early as possible to get cheaper fares.
- Search in Private
- Find out the Cheapest Day to Fly
Although there is no fixed day, flying out on a weekday is certainly cheaper than doing so on a weekend. You can look for the cheapest day to fly out, on MakeMyTrip, by selecting your departure and arrival airports, and instead of selecting a date for departure, search for the whole month.
Don’t forget to get insurance.
It is recommended that you get travel insurance when traveling to USA, as medical expense (even for common flu) can run into hundreds of dollars! Here are some of the best insurance for US visitors.
- Arrive at a Low Cost Airport
Airfares also vary quite a bit depending on the airport you fly out of and in to. If your itinerary allows it, try to book a flight to one of the less expensive airports of the United States.
- Book a Connecting Flight
Connecting flights are cheaper that direct ones, so look for those online. These may cost a little extra physical effort, but you’d probably want to stretch your legs in a 15-hour journey anyway.
- Travel on Budget Airlines
A number of budget airlines operate in India, flying with whom is a little more economical. Find out about budget airlines and airfares here.
- Book Directly from the Airline’s Website
Search on flight search engines and get a general idea of which airline has lower prices than the others. Then go to the airline’s own website to check the airfares. Fares displayed by flight aggregator and online booking websites usually include a profit margin for the website itself and will thus be higher than the actual price of the ticket.
- Check with a Travel Agent
Travel agents usually get discounts that the layperson does not. Get in touch with a travel agent and ask them to get you a cheap deal. They may charge some amount for their services but it will be less than the difference you’d pay for you ticket otherwise.
- Do Not Book Round Trips
The to and fro charges for an India-USA trip aren’t always the same. Some airline charge less to fly you out of India, while some charge less to fly you into India. Check for these patterns before booking a return ticket with the same airline.
- Book Non-Refundable Tickets
If your visa is confirmed and the dates are finalised, book a non-refundable ticket to get a cheaper deal. Even if you have to cancel you journey at the last minute, you travel insurance may be able to cushion the blow.
Now that we’ve given you hacks on to save on flight tickets, you can use those precious dollars on your trip to have a little extra fun.