How to get cheap flights to anywhere in the world.
Budget travellers might always want to get cheap flights to satisfy their travel desire. Cheap fares are out there if you know how to find them. Here’s some key tips that will save you time and effort finding the cheapest price when booking your next flight.
1. Choose your destinations.
Instead of going to a place with an expensive flight, go where it is cheaper to get there. There’s always a good deal to some destinations around the world and if you’re flexible on your destination, you’ll be able to find a good deal.
2. Choose the right time to fly.
Airline ticket prices vary depending on the day of the week, time of year, and upcoming holidays. Avoid holiday periods like Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving. It’s also cheaper to fly during the middle of the week than on a weekend, because most people travel on the weekends. Early-morning or late-night flights are cheaper because fewer people want to travel then.
3. Use flight search engines.
You need to search as many flight search websites as you can to make sure that you don’t miss a deal. The best search engines are the ones that have no affiliation with any airline and make their money via advertising, not bookings. But all websites have their weaknesses and do not include every airline.
- Google Flights
- ITA Software by Google
4. Clear Browser cookies or using private mode.
If you are searching from the same browser again and again with the same account, flight prices do increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher. So, if you want to get cheap flights, either use a different browser or clear your cookies and cache before making another searching attempt. You can also do this by using private mode on your browser.
5. Fly with Budget Airlines.
Budget airlines offer significantly cheaper tickets than their full service counterparts. It should be obvious, but this comes with compromises such as less leg room and no free food or drink onboard. However, in general, these budget airlines are good deals.
6. Check the local airlines.
While the above search engines are great, they do not always include small airlines, especially in less popularly booked routes or in remote regions. If you’re flying somewhere obscure, Google search and ask around if there exists a local airline.
When you do find small airlines, even if they are listed in a search engine results, it often pays to check the company site which may reveal exclusive online offers not found in a regular search engine.
7. Try Alternative Routes.
There are so many budget carriers around the world that taking advantage of a good deal to another city and then hopping on a budget flight to your destination is sometimes the best way to go.
By booking various airlines and special offers, you can save a lot. You are more likely to get cheap flights as you have to figure out a lot of different routes and check different airlines.
8. Right time to book.
Airline fares will keep rising but there is a sweet spot when the airlines begin to either lower or increase fares based on demand. Don’t wait until the last second but neither book too far in advance. Book six to nine weeks before the flying date and get great deals. But airlines often increase their prices deliberately or lower them all at once. Make sure to check them to avoid last minute rush.
9. Sign Up for a Frequent Flier Program.
Airline rewards programs are a great way to get cheap flights, free upgrades, and free companion tickets. No matter how often you fly, you should be signed up for the airline’s reward program.
10. Join a Mailing List.
By signing up for mailing lists from airlines and search engines, you’ll be able to get updates about all the last-minute or special deals that are happening. Many times, the cheap flights are only available for 24 hours, and if you aren’t always checking the Web for them, you will miss out on many of the super cheap deals that occur.