You’ve spent months researching your holiday destination, and you’ve finally nailed down your choices. With so many options available to find travel deals online, how can you possibly know you’ve gotten the best deal?
The fact is – you could spend hours searching online, chasing your tail, and never actually saving any money. Worse still, you could get so frustrated that you might give up on making a booking! The fact is, when you are planning your next trip, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help you find the cheapest flight tickets.
IF YOU CAN – TAKE A MYSTERY TRIP!
Airlines tend to discount seats after each Tuesday, when they fear they won’t be filled for the weekend. Carry out a quick flight search mid-week to look for a low-cost weekend getaway!
BOOK SIX WEEKS IN ADVANCE
If you don’t have the luxury of booking a last minute flight, search for your flights around six weeks in advance. This, according to research, is the best time to find the cheapest flight tickets.
BEWARE OF ADD ON’S FOR BUDGET AIRLINES
Sometimes, a budget airline doesn’t always turn out to be your cheapest option. When booking your budget flights, make sure you know all of the extra costs that might crop out. At the minimum, you might need to pay for a bag. Priority boarding, seat select, in flight food? None of these things are needed – and you’ll save lots of money if you leave them off your booking.
BE A SECRET SQUIRREL
You might not be aware that, when you are searching for travel bookings, your computer records your searches. It’s debatable, but some people claim that this results in prices being bumped up when you make multiple searches. Jus in case, browse in incognito or private mode to stop this happening.
KNOW YOUR AIRPORTS!
Sometimes, the cheapest tickets involve a stopover on the way to your final destination. Being stuck in Singapore or Dubai for a nine hour layover – complete with comfy lounges, showers and eating facilities – is a lot different than being stuck in Turkey or Vietnam. When booking a flight into Bangkok, for example, there are two airports – one fabulous, and one not so much! It’s important to know your airports when booking indirect flights, so you can figure out whether the discounted flight is worth it.
If you’ve got the flexibility to consider multiple airports or destinations, you’re going to have lots more options when searching for the cheapest flight tickets. For example, if you are heading to Japan and want to go to Tokyo, be flexible on which airport you fly to – and even consider going to Osaka, given you can travel by train to Tokyo in less than three hours.
JOIN A FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAMME
Most airlines run a frequent flyer programme, and it rarely costs much – if anything – to join them. Sometimes, you’ll get a bunch of bonus points just for signing up! There is no harm in signing up, and airlines often offer discounted upgrades and special offers to their members.
Of course, these are just a few ideas on how to find the cheapest flight tickets, and I’m sure every hardened traveller will have their own tips and tricks. If you have anything you’d like to share with us, please email us and we’ll add it to the page!