|Written by Matt Duffield|
Intro: If youâ€™re on a travel budget and flying to Kansas City Missouri, you will want to find the cheapest flights available. Rising fuel costs have made flight ticket prices go up, but you can still find cheap tickets if you know where and how to look online.
Check a discount/low cost airline website such as Southwest Airlines or JetBlue. They offer no frills service at the lowest cost possible. Due to the low cost nature of these airlines, they only serve a limited number of cities. Currently Southwest Airlines serves the Kansas City airport, but you will have to check that they serve your departure city.
Visit a website that compares airfares of the major online travel agencies such as Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, and Hotwire. Cheapflights.com and Sidestep.com are two good examples of websites that will compare other travel sites to find the lowest possible flight prices. Just enter your departing city, enter Kansas City as the arriving city, choose your departure and return dates, and submit your information to compare cheap flights.
Try booking your flight months in advance to ensure low prices. As flights begin to fill up, the price of a seat will go up as well. Sometimes you can get lucky and book a last minute flight for a really low price, but you are also risking potentially higher prices. Save a last minute booking for those times when your travel destination is flexible.
Be aware of events that draw a large number of travelers to the city and plan accordingly. Kansas City Chiefsâ€™ football games and Kansas City Royalsâ€™ baseball games may increase air traffic and make flight prices go up.
Be flexible with your travel dates. If you can, depart on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. You want to try to choose a day that volume will be low, so the seat prices will be cheaper. Friday is a popular departure date for people going on vacation. Monday is a busy day as people return from vacation, and business travelers begin their work week.
Consider a connecting flight. It will take longer to get to Kansas City, but if you want the cheapest flight price available, this might be your best option.
Fly during off peak times. If at all possible, book your departure for the very early morning, and make the return flight towards late evening. These flight times are less popular with travelers; therefore the prices will be even lower.
If your travel dates are extremely flexible and not urgent, consider bidding for a seat on Priceline.com.
If flying is your only option, don't wait until the last minute to book your flight, or you could end up paying double the price for the ticket.