Everyone who has tried to book a flight has experienced repeated searching when trying to book the cheapest possible flights to any given destination. With endless search engines and continually fluctuating prices, here are some key tips that will help you save you time, frustration and most importantly money when booking your next flight.
- Keep your searches top secret
A flight price will increase after searching it a few times in your web browser based on the cookies in your browser, it does this when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to pressure you into booking the flight quickly before prices get higher. You should search for flights in incognito mode to see the low prices.
Your cookies are reset each time you re-open an incognito window so your previous searches aren’t “remembered”, potentially inflating costs.
- Use the best flight search engines
Do not be fooled when using search engines. All have inflated flight costs as part of taking a cut from the airlines and some search engines consistently inflate much higher than others. If you want to be 100% sure, you can do an additional search for regional budget airlines
- Identify the cheapest day to fly out
While many theories exist as to the cheapest flight days, the reality is there is no regular truth to exactly which days are cheapest. Your best approach is to get a look of prices for a whole month to see what days are cheapest for you. When putting in the departure date, instead of entering a date, select “Whole Month”, so you can browse all dates to see which is cheapest.
- Find the cheapest place to fly
Whether you know exactly where you’re going or you just want to find to the cheapest possible country to fly into, there are great tools online to get going and save some big bucks. Hop on the sites and find yourself great deals.
- Consider hidden city ticketing
Travellers long ago discovered a trick known now as “hidden city” flights. In a nutshell, sometimes a flight that connects in a city you want to go to is cheaper than flying directly to it. So instead, you book that cheap flight which connects in your desired city and hop off there, not taking the ongoing connection.
- If you know the time and place, don’t wait to book.
It is very rare for airline tickets to get cheaper as your departure date approaches, especially if you need to fly on a certain date. Budget airlines typically offer low rates as a baseline price, and as these tickets sell, the remaining ones increase in cost. This is very typical in Europe and Australia. If you know when and where you’re going, don’t wait for any kind of sale. Your biggest savings come from booking your ticket far ahead.
- Check if it’s cheaper to pay in other currencies
Before booking a flight, check if the rate is cheaper when paid in another currency but make sure you’re using a credit card that is free of foreign transaction fees, otherwise, your efforts to save money will be lost.
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