To fly internationally, the traveler must be in possession of:
- a valid Passport.
- a VISA from the destination countries if required by that country
Check out the FAQ section to get clarity on all aspects of flying
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How to find the cheapest flights?
There are plenty of urban legends out there ranging from absolutely travelling on a Tuesday, searching incognito or booking in the middle of the night. However, Airlines used advanced computer and pricing algorithms to determine prices and run sales based on the time of the year, passenger demand, weather, major events/festivals, time of day, competitor prices, fuel prices, health alerts and much more. Those so-called “tricks” don’t work anymore as airline systems are too smart.
Instead rely on the following:
• Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates and Times
• Be Flexible with Your Destinations
• Consider flying with Budget Carriers
• Don’t Always Fly Direct
• Keep an Eye for Special Deals
• Remember Not All Search Engines are Equal
• Take Advantage of Student Discounts
• Mix and Match Airlines
• Use Loyalty Points and Miles
• Search Ticket Prices for Individual Travelers
• Look for Tickets in Other Currencies
• Book Early…But Not Too Early
When to book flights
Various international studies identify distinct windows where the prices of airfares are typically cheaper. The prime booking window typically falls in the period of 21 to 121 days before the flight. There will still be minor fluctuations during this time.
Additionally, seasonality also impacts the prime booking window. Studies suggest that the best booking times per season are:-
Winter: 62-days in advance
Summer: 47- days in advance
Autumn: 69-days in advance
Spring: 90-days in advance
Online booking tools also exist which can predict whether a particular flight may become cheaper or more expensive over time.
Why do flight prices quoted change or vary between suppliers?
Each airline has buckets of tickets which are sold for a set price according to a fare category or class. For example, a carrier might say that they will sell the first 20 seats at the ZMW1,500 fare, the next 20 seats at ZMW2,000, the next 20 at ZMW2,500 etc. As each of these fare “buckets” get filled up, the effective price for another seat on the flight increases. Because there are hundreds of travel sites (not to mention the airlines’ own sites) which all offer the same seats for sale at the same time, at any given moment there are thousands of seats being purchased and each purchase might bump up the fare for the next purchase on the same flight. Although the general trend is for flights to get more expensive as time goes by and more seats are sold, from time to time the airlines will make adjustments and release more seats at the lower buckets. This is why fares sometimes move down, as well as up, even without an explicit fare decrease by the airline.
What issues should i take note of before booking a flight?
Many factors impact on a person’s decision of whether or not to purchase an airline ticket. Studies show that cost is the primary influencer followed by flight schedule and trip length.
When booking a ticket take note of the following:
• The total cost of air travel, including base fare & airline fees
• The cost of an airline ticket (not including fees)
• Flight schedule, including time of departure/arrival
• Total time it takes to fly, including lay-overs
• Likelihood of flight delays and cancellations (especially during inclement weather)
• Loyalty programs
• The rate and total amount of government taxes/fees on the airline ticket
• The time needed and hassle of going through airport security
• The location of the airport in major cities with multiple airports
• Transportation options and cost of getting to your destination from the airport
• Consider hidden costs when flying budget airlines. For example, baggage charges, food/beverage service costs etc.
• Weigh pros and cons of purchasing travel insurance
• Visa costs for your destination, if needed
Must i book my ticket before getting my VISA?
An embassy or consulate of your travel destination country may ask you for is a flight itinerary or a round trip flight reservation. Depending on the embassy/consulate, this document might be referred to by different names as:
• Booked / Confirmed Flight Itinerary
• Round Trip Reservation
• Flight Reservation / Confirmation
• Confirmed / Round trip Flight tickets
• Proof of Onward Travel, etc.
A flight itinerary for a visa is a detailed route of your flight. It includes information such as flight name, departure/arrival timings along with dates, flight code, departure/arrival airport IATA codes and the flight reservation/booking numbers.
A flight or an airline ticket is a document, issued by an airline or a travel agency, which confirms that an individual has booked/paid for a flight seat on an aircraft. In addition to the above, it will also include the booking ID, the price and connecting flights, if any.
Some embassies do not require that you have to buy a flight ticket before you apply for a visa. Instead, you can present a flight itinerary which you can book without paying the full price of the travel ticket and once you obtain your visa you can purchase the real flight ticket.
It is best to confirm with the embassy or consulate well in advance of planning your travel.
International and local travel from Zambia has grown over time, as both leisure/holiday flights and also business travel flights have grown in tandem with Zambia’s growth. Flights and air tickets can be booked in a number of ways by would be travelers. This includes booking through Zambian based Online Travel Agents, direct at Airline offices, on Airline Websites or through the traditional Zambian Travel Agent process. The best and cheapest flights may be available through one booking channel, whilst the most convenient or best service may be found via another platform
The advent of technology and the internet has influenced travel and tourism, not only changing the way travelers both search for their travel plans, but also how they search for flight routes to their destinations, how they plan their flights, and how they both book and pay for their air tickets
The airlines themselves have evolved the manner in which they calculate and publish air fares. This has resulted in a fairly complex set of airfares available to would be travelers. Finding your ideal travel ticket at the cheapest possible price can be complex. There are so many factors taken into consideration to determine the price of a air ticket, including time of year, date, day and time of day traveling, route chosen, airline chosen, airline routing, length of journey, class of seat/fare available on flight, booking lead time, exchange rates and many others. Airlines may also vary their fares available from day to day on a particular flight. With all the above factors, it is not unusual that a fare available today, may be totally different tomorrow
Airlines do also periodically publish special rates, so it pays to keep an eye out for that. Check our Travel Specials page to find latest bargains and discounted flights and fares, if you are looking for the cheapest flight or ticket. Cheap flights may also be available through one booking platform and not another, so it helps to compare options
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