Want some travel tips on saving over 60% on airfares between Mexico and Nicaragua?
Out of the blue we were gifted a Housesitting Assignment in Granada, Nicaragua to start on the 30th September, 2015. At the time we received the offer of the Granada Housesitting Assignment we were in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico housesitting which finished on 29th September. The question we asked ourselves was, “could we make the assignment viable from a cost perspective?”
Maybe this would throw quite a lot of you into a mild panic, what to do, how can you get there at a reasonable cost that won’t blow out the advantages of the Housesitting Assignment that was in this instance 15 nights. Hopefully our travel tips will assist you on where to look first.
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What was our budget for flights?
If we could find airfares that were equal to or less than 15 nights accommodation in Granada, it was a viable assignment.
We searched for centrally located accommodation in Granada, Nicaragua and found Hotel El Almirante that was about USD$44 per night – over the 15 night period that would come to USD$660.00.
Our challenge was to get airfares lower than USD$660.00 to make it all worthwhile. Did we do it? Check out our table below. Please note that included in our figures below are one night’s accommodation in the transit points of either Mexico City, Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica – average costs between USD30-40.
|Total Savings||USD878.00 or|
|Interjet - Puerta Vallart to Mexico City|
Aeromexico - Mexico City to Managua
|Interjet Puerta Vallarta to Mexico City|
Avianca/Taca Mexico City to Managua
|Interjet Puerta Vallarta to Guatemala City via Mexico City|
Copa Airlines from Guatemala City to Managua
|Interjet Puerta Vallarta to San Jose, Costa Rica via Mexico City|
Natureair from San Jose to Managua
There are many ways of searching for the lowest airfares for your travels.
Here are a few of our travel tips and tricks we used in this exercise:
- Our favourite travel tip. Be flexible with your dates of travel, check websites such as Google Flights. You can view a month of airfares at one time for your destination
- Searching for flights used to be cheaper on a Tuesday or Wednesday, but these days we recommend checking four times a day a few weeks prior to travel, longer for international travel
- Early morning, late evening and travelling mid week tends to have the cheapest options
- Search for flights in a new browser each time, or clear your cookies just before booking
- Use which budget a site particular useful for booking budget airlines. We also searched direct with Spirit Airlines who has an extensive network from the US around Central America but the flights were full on the day that we needed to fly.
- Be flexible in your destination, budget airlines will fly into non major airports
- Look at different search engines e.g. Skyscanner, Tripsta, Google Flights just to name a few, there are many more out there
- Sign up for airfare alerts such as air fare watchdog and search engine email alerts
- Use Yapta – Yapta tracks flights and hotel prices, if you find your airfare has dropped within 24 hours of booking you may be able to receive a refund on your airfare depending on the airline. Yapta also provides instant price drop alerts.
- Check the airline direct for promotional fares
- Sign up to the airline’s twitter and facebook – there are times when they release special airfares for a short period via their social media networks
- Check flying with two different airlines to your destination, can be cheaper than using just the one
- Join the Airline’s Frequent Flyer programmes
- Look at return airfares, sometimes these can be cheaper, sounds crazy but it happens
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