Flights can be expensive, but there are strategies to finding cheap flights, including how you search, when you search, and where you search! Here are some of my top tips that I have found get me the cheapest versions of the flights I want. You’ll find that you can book the same exact flight, for about 15 different prices! But if you follow my tips, it will hopefully lead you to the cheapest version of those different prices!
1.The number one tip I give to anyone who is looking to find cheap flights, is to use the “incognito” search option for your browser. When you use a regular browser to search for flights, it saves your past searches and cookies, and when you keep searching around for similar dates and locations, it can actually inflate those prices. Using an “incognito” search option, it’s going to reset your data every time, so they prices won’t go up every time you go to search for your flights.
2. Be flexible with the days you fly. If you aren’t picky about the day of the week that you fly, you’ll be able to find cheap flights. I’ve found that usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest because it’s when the least amount of people fly, so airlines lower their rates to fill their planes!
3. My advice when you want to find cheap flights is to pay attention to where you are looking for flights. Often booking through an agency, or directly with the airline, you will be paying more money. Find a flight search engine that is going to look for your flights in multiple locations and give you the best rates. I have personally had great luck with Google Flights, Skyscanner, and Cheapoair. Once, when I was booking flights to Argentina from the United States, American Airlines wanted to charge me almost $2000 per person. With Cheapoair, I was able to book the same flight with American Airlines for $950 per person. Shop around and look for flights on multiple platforms!
4. Check with your credit card company! If you have a travel credit card that collects points, you may be able to use those points that you have built up to discount your ticket price, or maybe even have enough points for a free flight! Agus and I recently were able to get two flights from Boston to Niagara Falls for free because we’d collected enough points!
5. My last tip for finding cheap flights is to be open to connecting flights. When you fly direct, you are paying more, look for a trip that has a connection or two, you can usually reduce the price of your flight, and it will only add a few hours onto your trip usually. When we flew to Spain, we actually had an entire day layover in Switzerland once! It reduced the ticket by a few hundred $$, and we got to spend a day in Switzerland!
There are lots of different ways to find cheap flights, the most important things to do though are to be open and flexible. When you search multiple locations, instead of directly with the airline, and aren’t set in stone on the times, dates, and layovers, you will find cheaper options will open up for you. What are your hacks for finding cheap flights? Lets all help each other out! No one wants to pay MORE for a flight, so how do you find your cheap flights?