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This post is dedicated to helping you find cheap flight tickets for your next adventure, so you can spend your money on something else! Or just save them, if that’s what floats your boat.
How to avoid expensive airline tickets
This is an often googled question, as it is a fact people tend to read and forget seconds after. Airlines pay attention to when people research and book their trips, and after taking into account the season, capacity and amount of searches, adjust their prices accordingly. This is called yield management and is how they manage to make the most money possible with the seats they have.
But, there are ways to out-clever them, such as using a VPN in addition to the tips below. Here is some information on using one and finding the best VPN for travel.
Number 1 is to clear your cache, cookies and browser history. Airlines remember what you have been searching for on their sites, so the next time you visit (usually to actually book those tickets you were oogling last week), the prices are higher. This can easily be avoided by hitting your browser settings and clearing your cache, which is basically a way of removing all traces of your previous visit to their booking page.
Another good way to avoid these unnecessary price adjustments is to go incognito. Like James Bond. The incognito or ‘private browsing’ mode can be found on most browser clients and will let you Google your way to infinity and beyond without leaving any trace of what you’re up to.
Search for your tickets more ways than one. If you are traveling in a group, and there is only one or two tickets left at a discounted price, most airline search engines will show the higher price for all tickets. So split your search up to see the actual price for each ticket and not the most expensive one.
This also goes for searching for flights that include a layover, and if you are going on a return trip. Try searching for each leg of the trip individually, and you’ll be surprised at the money you can save!
When should you book a flight?
We all remember seeing those posters on Pinterest on when it is cheaper to book a flight, right? You know the ones you tell yourself to remember next time, but then somehow manage to forget nonetheless? Well, I’ve gathered everything you need below, so make sure to remember it this time!
Airline prices can actually change up to 3 times a day, which makes knowing this so crucial. Paired with the advice further up (throw those cookies out, people!), you are bound to find the cheapest deal!
Book your flights mid-week. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are commonly known as the cheapest days to book your flights, as this is when most airlines drop their newest offers and campaigns. The cheapest days to travel are usually Tuesday and Saturday.
Book your flights 6 to 8 weeks before you travel. This is when you are likely to stumble upon the best deal. However, the exception is travel during the holidays. Book those flights as early as possible, because they will only get more expensive as the holidays come closer.
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The ultimate hack for finding cheap flights
I’m about to tell you my go-to move for finding cheap flight tickets. Trust me when I tell you that Google is your best friend.
I mean it.
Now get ready for less text, and more images, because this is better shown than told.
Head to Google right now and type in “Flights from XXX to XXX“, like I’ve done below.
Below the paid search results you’ll find an overview of possible flights between the destinations you entered in the search bar. You will want to hit ‘More Google Flight Results‘.
Once you’ve reached the Google Flights landing page, go ahead and click the travel date section. This will open up a little calendar with an overview of the cheapest days to travel for that month! It is a genius way to find the cheapest flight possible and is especially great if your travel dates are flexible.
Google’s little personal travel planner will even tell you if a certain flight tends to be delayed a lot, if there are cheaper or more convenient options at a nearby airport, or if there is a specific airline the search engine hasn’t been able to cover.
When trying to score cheap flight tickets it’s always worth taking note on what time of year it is better to travel. Visiting a destination in its off-peak or shoulder season is the ideal way to not only save some money but to avoid the crowds as well.
The low season in Southern Europe is the best time to visit. We are talking October to March. The temperature is comfortable, there are fewer tourists, and the flights are cheaper. What more could you want? In Europe’s shoulder season (April, May, and September) a visit to Scandinavia is perfect! This is when you won’t actually die from the cold, but you still avoid the most expensive tickets.
What’ so perfect about visiting Australia is that they are on the Southern Hemisphere. This means that when summer is at its busiest (and most expensive) in Europe, Australia is experiencing its nice and warm winters. The same goes for the southern part of Africa, and South-East Asia.
There you have some of my best tricks for scoring cheap airline tickets, and ones I use whenever I am searching for flights to my next destination. Make sure to stay tuned so you won’t miss out on the rest of my travel hacks! You can go ahead and sign up to the e-mail list or follow me on Bloglovin’ to stay in the loop!
Found this helpful? Make sure you don’t miss the other posts in the Making the Most of Travel Series!
Week 3: Must-Use Trip Planning Resources
Week 6: Budgeting for and During your Trip
Week 7: Travel Bloggers Share their BEST Travel Planning Tips