Black Friday 2018, which takes place on November 23, can be a good opportunity to buy airline tickets at a lower price. However, it is important to beware of false promotions. According to a Kayak survey, the date may mean more expensive flights to most destinations.
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The reason may be related to the automatic adjustment of values with the growth of demand on the day of offers. Therefore, buying airline tickets during this period requires extra care. Check out five tips that can help you avoid unwanted ticket purchases during Black Friday.
Black Friday: five tips for buying safely
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1. Monitor ticket prices
The first step is to start tracking ticket prices as soon as possible. If you already know where you want to go, give preference to the Google Flights query. The platform allows accessing a calendar and checking prices according to the dates set. On the other hand, if you have not yet decided on your travel destination, opt for Skyscanner’s smart search: just choose “Anywhere” to get a list of cheap tickets from your city. Kayak is also a good option, especially if you care a lot about schedules. The service even has a forecast of time spent on immigration.
Google Flights has powerful ticket search – Photo: Reproduction / Felipe Vinha
2. Organize your information
Use a spreadsheet or a good note-taking application to keep tracked ticket prices day by day. If you prefer an application, you need to use generic note apps, as ticket search services do not usually allow free notes. Google Keep is a good option for listing ticket links and adding date and print prices that you collect anywhere. The program has versions for Android and iPhone (iOS) and also works on the web.
Google Keep can help organize links and prices found in the search – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire
3. Create promotion alerts
Air ticket comparators almost always have alert services that help you find out when there are offers at the moment. Apps like Voopter and Skyscanner allow you to set up emails or notifications to find out when the price of a ticket you want has become cheaper. So, you can know if Black Friday even has discounts available that are worthwhile. According to the Kayak study, some destinations may be priced lower one week before or one week after the date.
Passing apps allow you to create price alerts – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Buying with miles is always an advantage, especially if you have collected enough to avoid having to complete with cash. But, you must have all the miles properly redeemed from different points programs to ensure that an offer is not lost because the seats on the flight ran out before you made the transfers.
Before arriving at Black Friday, collect points from your credit card, benefits club and loyalty programs and transfer everything to the mileage group of the company of your choice. This way, you ensure that miles are available when you receive a promotion alert. A good way to monitor points in different services is through Oktoplus. In addition, if miles are missing to complete the ticket, it is worth resorting to purchase and sale services such as MaxMilhas.
MaxMilhas compares the prices of its own website with those of the airlines – Photo: Reproduction / Clara Barreto
5. Protect yourself from hackers and scams
Cheap tickets can be used as bait for scams during Black Friday. The recommendation to stay protected is important to rely only on the official channels of companies, including social networks with a verification seal. Also, do not click on links received via WhatsApp or use credit cards on sites without HTTPS (the green seal or lock that appears on the browser bar). When in doubt, opt for prepaid cards.
It is also important to avoid Procon blacklisted stores (including using an extension in the browser), check the reputation of the website and use an antivirus with module for detecting fake pages, such as the newest version of AVG.
Black Friday is a great opportunity for scammers, so customers should protect themselves – Photo: Disclosure / DNPontoCom