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The ULTIMATE Guide to Cheap Flight Tickets

by Lisa Stentvedt

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Welcome to Part 2 of the Making the Most of Travel Series! Read part 1 here (introducing the purpose of the series) and part 3 here (the BEST trip planning resources)!

In case you missed it, every Sunday from now and until May you’ll find a new post here on Fjords and Beaches (in addition to the regular Thursday posts, yayy!). The posts in this series are all aimed at saving you time, money and effort when planning a trip, in order to help you make the most out of your adventures! Make sure to leave a comment if you have anything you would like to know more about, and I’ll see what I can do!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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‘.

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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.

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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.

Seasonal travel

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.

Anything else?

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!

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Found this helpful? Make sure you don’t miss the other posts in the Making the Most of Travel Series!

Week 1: Introducing the Make the Most of Travel Series!

Week 2: The Guide to Getting Cheap Tickets

Week 3: Must-Use Trip Planning Resources

Week 4: Websites to save you money on travel

Week 5: The Best Ways to Research for a Trip

Week 6: Budgeting for and During your Trip

Week 7: Travel Bloggers Share their BEST Travel Planning Tips

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Becky @Disney in your Day 27/03/2017 - 17:44

I like the Google trick! Here in the US I also like booking Southwest because they have a no fee price change. So if I book a flight and then the next week the price goes down, I can get the difference in Southwest credit. Just as long as I’m paying attention!

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 27/03/2017 - 20:23

Wow, I never knew that! I will be flying domestic within the US in November, and will remember that! 🙂 thanks, Becky!

Teesh Osita 28/03/2017 - 14:57

Love the Google trick! I usually just rely on my credit card which have a tendency to partner up with airlines for 50% off discounts lol. I never knew you can check flight prices via Google!

Teesh || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 28/03/2017 - 20:41

That’s a great way to do it, Teesh! I need to get better at partnering with my credit card and its programs! 🙂 thanks for the tip!

Julia Dent 01/04/2017 - 14:28

I’ve never heard of Google flights! Thanks for all these tips! 🙂 I’ll definitely be using them!

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 01/04/2017 - 14:32

Yayy, I’m glad you have discovered something new, Julia! Thank you for reading + taking the time to comment 🙂

Leigh 01/04/2017 - 14:42

I thought I knew all the tricks, but I haven’t tried Google, actually. I love it!

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 01/04/2017 - 16:46

That’s EXACTLY how I felt when I first learned about it! 🙂

Carolann 01/04/2017 - 20:50

These are great tips. I never thought to clear my cache even though I knew that the airlines remembered my searches. I love when I am flexible and can travel on any date of the week cause it really helps so much in saving money!

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 02/04/2017 - 09:14

I’m glad to hear you found something new in the post, Carolann! 🙂 It sure does help being flexible! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment so often <3 I really appreciate it!

Roxana Oliver 05/04/2017 - 10:40

on point!

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 01/06/2017 - 05:49

Thank you, Roxana!

Jean Bean 27/05/2017 - 11:15

Such great tips! I always fly internationally on a Wednesday night. It can be literallt hundreds of dollars cheaper then flying on a Monday or the weekend.

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 27/05/2017 - 11:24

That’s a great tip to remember, Jean! Thank you for sharing it 🙂

Mina Kotlárova Sousa 27/05/2017 - 12:31

Awesome tips! Will have them all in mind next time I search for flights. Thanks 🙂

Lisa // Fjords & Beaches 01/06/2017 - 05:49

That’s great to hear, Mina! 🙂


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