Searching for cheap flights can be such a hassle. Flight prices can change daily, and you can find yourself glued to your computer searching endless possibilities for hours. If you want to find the cheapest flights possible to anywhere in the world, and simplify the search process, then follow these tips.
How to Find Cheap Flights
Try to Be Flexible
The best way to find cheap flights is to keep your travel dates flexible. If you don’t have to stick to a schedule, then you’re able to fly on whatever days and whatever times are cheapest.
Being flexible isn’t always easy; sometimes you’re flying for work, or you have limited days you can take a vacation, or you have to be at your destination by a certain time. But if you do have the liberty of being flexible, that will help out a lot!
And if you want to be really flexible, let the cheap flights tell you where your destination will be! If you’re flexible about where your vacation will be, then you can simply pick the cheapest destination.
Search in Secret
The internet knows where you’ve been and what you’re looking for. When you search a route multiple times, the website tries to scare you into booking by showing you increasing prices — you think the price is going up, so you should book now before it goes up more!
Don’t be bullied by the internet! Go into incognito mode and open a private browser window. These “private browsing” and “incognito windows” clear your cookies each time you re-open a private window, so the internet doesn’t remember your previous searches and can’t try to trick you out of your cheap flights.
So start with a fresh incognito window and then start a new flight search.
Use the Best Flight Search Engines and Compare Their Prices
Not all flight search engines are created equal. Some have more inflated prices so they can take a larger cut of the sale. My favorite tool to use is Skyscanner, but it’s always a good idea to compare prices across sites so you know you’re getting the best price. Here’s a little about the top flight search engine sites and how they help find cheap flights:
Skyscanner searches a bunch of different airlines and present them to you in order of cheapest price, shortest trip, or best value. They also have a great feature where you can search by month and find the cheapest dates to depart and return within that month, or search by cheapest month to find the overall cheapest time to fly.
WayAway searches hundreds of different airlines and travel agency sites to present you with the cheapest flight options. They even offer a membership, WayAway Plus, where you can earn up to 5% cashback on every flight you book along with cashback for other travel services.
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Google Flights also compares airlines for you. What I like here is that you can look at a graph of typical flight prices for a date or time period.
Airfarewatchdog finds mistake and sale prices. You can set up an alert for your destination of choice, they’ll email you whenever a sale or any discounted fare pops up, and if the price is right, you can book your flight. This is how we got a great price for a trip to London last year.
With Expedia, you can compare ticket prices at a glance from their large inventory of carriers and earn rewards on every booking when you become a member.
Orbitz is another top-rated tool for finding cheap flights that allows you to compare ticket prices easily.
CheapOair is a great site for finding discount flights and flight deals to destinations all around the world.
Use Airline Miles and Points
If there’s an airline you use a lot, sign up for their rewards program. You can earn miles on your trips that you can trade in for free flights and upgrades. I’m a Delta girl myself, and it’s the best option being based in Atlanta.
You can also sign up for credit cards that earn you miles as you spend. I don’t personally do this, but I have a lot of friends who go this route. And again, those miles can be turned into free trips and upgrades.
Economy class is obviously going to be the cheapest option on any airline. If you’re traveling light (just a small carry-on) and don’t need all the bells and whistles of snacks or other amenities, budget airlines are your best bet. These flights are so cheap because they don’t offer much else.
Budget airlines can be a good option if you have a short flight and don’t have any checked baggage.
If You Know Where and When, Then Book Now
Flights don’t usually get cheaper the closer to departure. In fact, most airlines will jack up the price for last-minute bookings, typically because business people buy last-minute flights and they’re willing to pay the price.
So if you know where and when you want to go, book the cheapest flight you can find now rather than later.
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- How to Use VRBO to Save Money on Vacation Rentals
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Ready to take a vacation? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Book your flight: Book a cheap flight using Skyscanner.
- Find cheap accommodation: Use my tips for finding cheap accommodation for travel every time.
- Pack for your vacation: Make sure you’ve packed everything you need by checking out my packing list resources.
What are your best tips for finding cheap flights? Share them in the comments below!