Just because you want to study abroad in the Middle East doesn’t mean your plane ticket has to break the bank. There are ways to maneuver through the many travel options available and come away with a great price on a plane ticket, even if your destination is on the other side of the globe. A recent study by Cheapair.com reveals a few simple truths about air travel that could save you a bundle.
The best time to book a flight to the Middle East is Tuesday or Wednesday in the afternoon or just after midnight. Prices tend to be more expensive on Mondays and in the mornings because business travelers are buying tickets through their companies’ accounts.
The prime booking window is five months before your arrival or as soon as you hear about your acceptance into the program. Flights to the Middle East from the United States are limited, so it’s important not to procrastinate on buying your ticket.
Check the local public and school holidays of the country you plan to study abroad in to avoid expensive tickets, like these holidays in United Arab Emirates. Keep an eye out on local events in the country, also, like Eid Al Fitr in June to mark the end of Ramadan.
- Use a flight app and get notifications so you’re always alert on the best deals. Download Jetradar, Skyscanner, Hopper, or Kiwi - all available on Apple and Android devices.
- If you’re researching prices on a computer, delete your cookies and history after every search so you’ll get served the most up-to-date price.
- Start saving for your trip sooner rather than later. Find 9 money-saving tips here.
- If you’re Pell-eligible, you’re guaranteed a Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Travel Grant that covers up to $2,000 toward airfare to and from your program location! Learn more here.