RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT/WXIX) - A new report says you could save 10% or more on your next plane ticket, just by booking it a certain way.
If you’re planning a family trip, you likely look first at round-trip tickets. But booking something known in the industry as a ‘hacker fare,’ instead, could mean serious savings.
So here's the hack: Rather than buying a round-trip ticket to your destination and home again, book two one-way tickets, one there and one back.
According to an analysis by Hopper, a travel app, hacker fares are cheaper 11% of the time on domestic flights, and will save you, on average, about 10%.
That translates into about $33 bucks saved per trip.
But the savings are even more dramatic if you fly internationally.
Hopper says hacker fares are cheaper 18% of the time for overseas flights, with an average savings of 14% or about $92.
Those hacker fares are often cheapest when airlines are offering special deals on one-way flights.
Travel sites like Kayak include a feature where you can compare that hacker fare versus a round-trip one.
And one other benefit to hacker fares is the flexibility with flight times.
Most of the time, that round-trip ticket is still a better deal, but not always, so it’s worth taking an extra minute to check.
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