When you're looking for a cheap airfare to Jamaica, you need to know a few tips and tricks to get the best deal. After all, why should you pay a lot to visit Jamaica... when the person sitting next to you on the flight may have paid a lot less?
The more you are willing to go with the flow, the easier it will be to find discount fares. Keep the following in mind and planning your trip will be a breeze:
Many websites allow you to compare different airlines and what they have to offer. Best of all, you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home.
Some excellent fare-comparison websites are:Momondo - www.momondo.com
Based on your status you may be able to find a cheap airfare to Jamaica. For example, individuals belonging to a specific group such as students, single women, seniors or children are generally able to snag a better deal.
Travel on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday rather than on weekends. You may also be requird to fly at times you'd rather be sleeping... and with airlines you're not familiar with.
Keep in mind though that the more flexible you are, the more likely you are to grab a cheap airfare to Jamaica.
The earlier you book the more choices you'll have and the more money you can save. If you don't find a fare that suits your budget... and you still have a long time before your trip... you may want to wait for a seat sale.
Here are 2 sites that provide historical data on airfare prices:
FareCompare - www.farecompare.com
Farecast - www.farecast.com
Check to see if your choice of airline or booking service offers a "best fares" guarantee. This means if your quoted airfare drops by midnight on the same ticket (itinerary and class), you can get to pocket the difference... and sometimes even receive a bonus (such as travel coupon or frequent flyer miles)!
So all you would need to do is familiarize yourself with this guarantee (if one exits) and track the fare till midnight...
...or you could input your information into Yapta (yapta.com) and it will do the tracking for you.
If there is a drop in price, just follow the instructions given by your airline or booking service.
A few of the pros of traveling during the off-peak tourist season is lower airfares... lower villa and hotel nightly rates (possibly discounted packages)... and less crowds to deal with. Jamaica's off peak tourist season is usually from May to November.
However, the cons of traveling during the off-peak season usually means moderate or poor weather (see why this is hardly a problem in Jamaica by learning about Jamaica weather)... less entertainment available... and sometimes construction is in progress at hotels/villas to prepare for peak season (ask the hotel/villa before you go about any construction that will be going on).
Some prices may look great, until you realize that once you have paid those annoying hidden costs like taxes, surcharges and other fees, a hole on the beach is all you will be able to afford as far as accommodation goes.
Some cheap flights might have many stopovers and other inconveniences such as dreadful departure or arrival times... Make sure you are prepared for this.
Also, you'll want to check if your ticket is non-transferable and/or non-refundable if you're unable to make the trip. In this case you may consider buying travel insurance of some sort. While you may not be 100% covered, you will cover things like cancelled flights and lost luggage.
Getting a group of friends together to share the costs of a cheap charter flight to Jamaica is an excellent way to save money. Sharing the Jamaica experience could also add to the fun.
Well, there you have it. Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you get a well deserved cheap airfare to Jamaica.
And when you find a really sweet discount fare, just book it, Mon!