How to book the cheapest flights

Everyone of us experienced the long exhausting search for the best flights. With endless search engines and continually fluctuating prices, the approach to frugal flight booking is overwhelming. So we collected the most important tips to deal with that frustrating situation.
But be aware that finding the best deals takes its time. Not spending enough time checking is the biggest mistake that people do! Here are the 10 most important key tips that will save you time, frustration and most importantly money when booking your next flight:

1.Use the best flight engines
A big mistake is going straight to the airline website. But the cheapest fares are often found by booking with various online travel agencies. The trip is to use the right one. All search engines have inflated flight costs as part of taking a cut from the airlines. Some search engines, for example Expedia consistently inflate much higher than others.
Best search engines:
Jetradar
Momondo
Kiwi
• Air Wander (Great to find offers with stopovers to visit 2 destinations with one trip
The most budget and local airlines will appear in the broad search engines we are recommending. But if you want to be 100% sure that you have the cheapest flight you can do an additional search for regional budget airlines.

2. Be flexible
Be flexible with the holiday destination Instead of spending hours of finding the perfect holiday destination and afterwords spending days or weeks trying to find a flight deal go on engines like Skyscanner, enter your departure city, then select a date range to fly. Approximate costs will appear over hundreds of countries around the world from your departure point, while the list of destinations is sorted by price, allowing you to see the most costeffective place you can fly.

3. Be flexible with your flight dates
If you are locked into exact dates, it will be more challenging to get the best deal. One of the major trick to find cheap offers is to be flexible with your travel dates. Give yourself the best chance by searching a couple of days, or even weeks, either side of your preferred departure date.    Possible travel dates and cheap dates can be found via the calendar function of the matrix.
The best strategy to get a quick visual of prices for a whole month is:
• Step 1. Go for example on Kiwi
• Enter your departure & arrival cities
• instead of entering a departure date, select date range, or “Cheapest Month”, and then “Whole Month” so you can browse all dates to see which is cheapest.

4. Avoid holiday periods
We’ve all heard of the term “tourist season” that means there are times when certain destinations in the world have their ‘Peak Seasons’. This is the time when travel to these regions can be expensive. It is best when looking for cheap tickets to particular destinations that you research what are considered ‘Off Peak Seasons’ or ‘Shoulder Seasons’ to travel and plan your trip accordingly. These factors play a significant role in the overall price you could pay for your airline ticket. Another trick is to fly exactly on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or Eastern because almost nobody wants to fly then.

5. Keep your searches top secret
Did you realize that the flights getting more expensive after searching it a few times in your web browser? Yes its true!! the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher. Thats why you should always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode to see the lowest prices. When you are incognito your information is not tracked, thus not inflating prices as you search.
How you do it:
Crome or Safari: hit Command/Control, Shift, “N”
Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer: hit Command/Control, Shift, “P”

6. Be not afraid of budget and local Airlines
In many cases budget and local airlines offer way cheaper tickets than their full-service counterparts. But this comes with compromises such as less leg room, expensive food and beverage service on board and limited transport of luggage. Especially for short trips it makes sense to fly with budget airlines. But never forget to check the fine print and make sure that you know about:
• where the airport location is (sometimes the airports are further out of town)
• how much luggage you can take with you
• if you have to print your own ticket
While the above search engines are great, they do not always include small airlines, especially in less popularly booked routes and/or in remote regions. Wikipedia has a great detailed, comprehensive listing of low-cost airlines down to specific countries here. For example Argentinas LADE Air which is owned by the military has cheap flights to Patagonia, which is not listed in mass search engines online. When you do find small airlines in the search engine results, it often worth to check the company site which may reveal exclusive online offers not found in a regular search engine. Be sure to double check!

7. Book connecting flights yourself for less
If you’re flying somewhere that involves a transfer, consider that it may be cheaper to book these two flights separately on your own by adding another destination to your trip. Spend a couple of days for example in Dubai before heading of to Bangkok is a great option to sea 2 destination in 1 trip and safe money at the same time.
Kiwi.com and AirWander are both great search engine for revealing cheaper routes like this that involve multiple airlines.

8. Check alternate airports
If there is more than one airport near your origin or final destination, check them all before making your flight booking. The more options you have in terms of airports and travel dates, the more likely you will be able to find the best deals. And consider also multi-city flights as a strategy to save money. Long gone are the days when it was always cheaper to book a return flight on
the same airline. Our research indicates you can frequently save by being disloyal.

9. Find Error Fares Timing is important!
Airlines sometimes make mistakes when posting their fares, leading to seriously discounted flights. This can happen for various reasons – currency conversion mishaps, technical glitches, or human error. If you know how to find airline error fares, you can save a lot of money. The mistake fares, will only last a few hour or a couple of days at most. So finding out when they first drop and booking quickly is a massive advantage.
Mainly AirFare Watchdog and Secret Flying are great to find these mistakes.

10. Find the best weekday to fly
Cheap flights can definitely be found depending on the day you choose to fly! The consensus is that it’s best to fly out on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. These are typical off-peak days with airlines carrying less business travelers, usually meaning lower fares and a surplus of seats. Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive days to fly.

 

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