Everybody wants to book cheap flights and this task can be difficult and time consuming too. Here is how I manage to book trips as cheap as possible! 😊
#1 Use comparison website.
There is Momondo, Liligo and many others! I prefer to use Skyscanner. Why? because it offers the ‘Everywhere’ function. You chose your departure airport (or select nearby airports) and set arrival on ‘Everywhere’. By selecting specific dates (or see prices month by month), Skyscanner will show you all the destinations available from the cheapest to the most expensive! If you have no idea on where to go, this will be great for a cheap holiday or weekend!
#2 Use private browsing.
Your browser is retaining information such as your recent searches etc. (you know, those nasty cookies 🍪). Open your favourite internet browser in a private mode to search for flights! This way, you will always have a ‘first searched’ price rather than seeing the same flight increasing days after days because you’ve always been looking for the same destination!
#3 Search flights late in the evening.
There is a price difference when searching for flights in the morning, afternoon, evening and nights. I personally have noticed that flights after 10pm are lower than in the morning. If you can, search for your flights after in the evening. Do this as well on Tuesdays and Thursdays and avoid weekends. People tend to search for flights at their spare time, and since the demand is higher, prices are increasing!
#4 Don’t fly on Friday or Monday
But a day before or after if you can. You can have great savings by flying out of sync from the ‘normal’ travellers. Fly on Thursday or return on a Tuesday if you are traveling for a weekend. Also, when flying to specific regions such as Middle-East, keep in mind that weekends are Thursday/Friday and therefore price might increase on those days too!
#5 Fly with stop over or 2…
Direct flights are great but you may save sometimes €200 by adding 1 or 2 stops to reach your final destination. By doing this, you might need you to book a hotel due to the long layover but it will be an additional adventure and won’t be as expensive as the direct fare anyway!
#6 Book separate legs or fly to a bigger hub.
Smaller cities will get higher fares, try to travel to other airports nearby. I sometimes book 2 different legs to my journey and save a lot. Example: fly with a long courier from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and then book a low cost carrier such as Air Asia to complete your journey to Bali for £30!! Allow at least 2 hours or more between 2 flights otherwise you might lose the second one since you need to clear customs and collect your luggage!!
#7 Low cost airlines.
Those can offer great deals! especially in low season I recently purchased a one way ticket Malta-Sicily for €15 with Ryanair and €30 Sicily-Paris for €30! Flying off season is VERY rewarding too!
#8 Fly with a carry on only.
Now British Airways also charge for a checked luggage but offer great value deals with a super saver type of ticket. When packing your suitcase, always be true in asking yourself: am I really going to wear this? Do I really need this?
#9 Be flexible on dates!
This is obvious but need to be said. Prices can vary from one week to another. Do you have to travel on those specific dates? What if you stay another 2 days and save €200 on your return flight? Tick that ‘flexible dates’ box when searching for your next trip.
#10 Book in advance but not too much!
Around 40 days before your departure is the minimum to book your trip and go up to 90 days in advance. The closer your date is, the higher price you’ll pay. Airlines (especially low cost ones) tend to overbook a flight so, don’t expect to get a cheap last minute flight, they don’t exist!
I hope that will help you in searching better for flights. Do you any great tips to share? Let me know in the comments section below!
Until next time, Go and Explore!
Roaming Sab ✌🏼