Top 5 Ways to Find Cheap Flights

1.     How Budget Airlines Help You Save Money

Arrrhh!! I hear you scream not the dreaded sardine can flights. It’s well known that budget airlines try to stack as many seats in the aircraft as possible, I’m fairly lucky to be short but for some of my taller travelling companions, I advise them to book front or emergency row seats ( costs a few dollars more but if your tall it’s money well spent).

The majority of budget airlines usually only offer 1 passenger class which lets them operate with fewer crew and enables a more streamlined boarding (herding) process allowing them to fit more flights into the day.

It’s advisable to stay connected with your favourite low-cost carrier on social media or by signing up to their email newsletters because this is where much of their advertising is done. They often have 1-day flash sales that can save your hip pocket considerably.

My last note on budget airlines is that they can very very crafty at getting extra dollars from you when you are booking with them directly online, by way of little hidden extras auto included on your way through the checkout process, so keep your eye on the price as you go through to the final checkout.

2.     Shhh, Keep It Secret!

Beware big brother is watching! Or is it just a myth? There’s a long-standing argument that airlines and travel agents increase flight prices when you repeat a flight search. The rationale is that if someone returns to a site, it shows they’re more interested in making a purchase and as such can be charged more for their flights. Well whether you believe it or not there is a way to search online without the google gremlins following every click you make.

If you use Chrome or Safari as your browser you can search in incognito mode by holding command/ctrl, shift, N a new window will with a sign to let you know your incognito. If your browser of choice is Firefox or Internet Explorer then its command/ctrl, shift, P.

Prices can vary for many reasons some of which include the number of seats sold and also when it comes closer to the date of departure. The best way I have found to be sure is by searching with Skyscanner, our go to travel tool, they only use cookies to show recent search criteria and prices are direct from the airlines or suppliers. Given that they are a comparison site it’s a lot easier to find the cheapest deal. Which leads me to our next topic.

3.     Free Global Travel Search Sites/Apps

My Fav as you already know is Skyscanner, but a very similar site we all know is Google, google flights to be exact, they also are an aggregator site which compiles results by searching every travel site and airline then produce the results. Momondo is our second favourite, like skyscanner it also can view results in a month wide view enabling you to find the cheapest price if you are flexible with your travel dates, Kayak are other major players.

Then there are the booking sites like Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda and Tripadvisor that are great sites, and all offer great individual features but unfortunately do not really fit the category for the theme of this post, well worth a look though.

Hopper app is also worth a mention here, Hopper predicts and helps you book flight prices with 95% accuracy up to 1 year in advance.

4.     Is Booking in Advance Really the Ticket?

Ok this could cause some controversy as opinions differ so much and your location can make a big difference also.  As a rule, the best time to book domestic flights in the U.S. can range from three weeks to three-and-a-half months in advance. International flights are less expensive at five to six months before your travel date.

Another little secret is to book your flights on Tuesdays and around midnight to five am in the morning (assuming you’re in the country of departure at the time of booking) is the time to be jumping online with a strong coffee to grab the best rates. 

In general, the cheapest month to book your plane tickets is January, followed by February and August. Some may argue that booking last minute flights is a sure fire way to get great prices but in my opinion and experience this is rarely the case, I wish it wasn’t because I constantly find myself booking last minute ha-ha.

5.     Skiplagged

OMG I have only just discovered this App and it’s truly amazing, this is a must have app for every smartphone and tablet. In short Skiplagged rocks.

“Find flights the airlines don’t want you to see.
We’re exposing loopholes in airfare pricing to save you money.”

Do you have some sneaky secrets to save on Airfares? If so, comment below and like and share this post so everyone can enjoy this knowledge. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love to travel so lets all help each other out. Hope to see you out and about in this beautiful world.

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