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Flights Might Still Be Cheap Once We're Able To Travel Again But Here's Why You Should Book Now
Flights have been unbelievably cheap for the past two months and with good reason — people aren’t flying.
You can now find tickets from NYC to LA for less than $70, which before this pandemic hit, is quite unheard of.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), there were only 97,000 people screened at airports on Tuesday, which is half the amount from two weeks ago. To put things into perspective, there were 2.1 million people screened on the same weekday exactly a year ago.
While we may not know when we can fly again, another pressing question has been whether or not these cheap airfare prices will go away once travel resumes?
USA TODAY predicts that airfares won’t increase after the pandemic, “because airlines will use them as incentives to lure us back into the habit of getting on planes.”
So if you’re anticipating your next trip once this is all over, there are a couple of things you can do to prepare.
Talk To Your Airline
Before booking any future travel, call your airline and ask them if they will waive change fees if you are no longer able to fly on the scheduled ticket date.
Many airlines are allowing you to change your ticket for dates into 2021 and 2022 with no change fees.
Finding Where You’re Going To Travel Next
Most destinations are significantly cheaper than usual right now, so it’s a good idea to book for somewhere you’ve never been but always wanted to visit.
When Should I Travel?
While this question still remains unanswered, it’s a safer bet to aim for flights in the fall to early winter.
If you’re not able to travel during this time, make sure to call to airline to change the dates.
While we wait for travel to resume again, it’s a great time to research new destinations and organize your ideal itinerary.