There are thousands of airlines out there, flying to countless destinations day in, day out. But while finding flights is easy, booking cheap flights isn’t always so simple. With so much on offer from so many different companies, it’s hard to know where the best deals lie. To prevent you from stumbling across a better deal when it’s too late, explore our ideas for finding the cheapest flights possible!
When starting out on the often frustrating challenge of finding cheap flights, the first place you usually start is selecting the best search engine. But beware; some engines such as Expedia will often inflate prices in comparison to their peers. Here are some useful search engines to start with:
Since 2001 Skyscanner have been helping their customers find the best deals by comparing a myriad of different flight companies all in one handy place. This means you don’t have to open up thousands of tabs on your browser! They also compare prices for hotels and car hire too if you want to book your entire trip this way. Skyscanner also have an award winning app if you want to compare flights on the go.
There’s no disguising this company’s intention with a name like CheapOair, but the proof is in the deals and this search engine is very popular with regular and seasoned travelers who are concerned about saving money. This is another great comparison website which also lets you select your destinations and then compare flights and dates instantly. Again, this is useful for on the spot comparison and is definitely less frustrating than navigating some airline websites.
Just like Skyscanner, they also compare car hire, hotels, and even cruises. They also have a handy app for on the go comparison and bookings which also offers exclusive mobile deals – even better!
Often just thought of as a place where you can go and review your favorite restaurant or tell the world how terrible a family day out was, TripAdvisor also compares flight deals for you from thousands of airline companies. It offers the additional bonus of allowing you to see where to get the best (and the worst) dim sum when you book your best deal flight to downtown Beijing!
Another lesser-known travelers’ gem, Google Flights lets you compare flights at a quick glance as well as corresponding days either side of your chosen departure date. They also compare nearby airports to see if one is cheaper to fly from than the other.
Be aware that, when browsing for flights online, you’re being tracked.
Cookies record multiple searches that you perform when using search engines, so the prices you see on your screen are tailored to your search history. As such, when you’re trying to find cheap flights and the website suddenly, they could just be trying to pressure you into booking the flights on your screen ‘before it’s too late’.
So set your browser to private to prevent the cookies from being cached, and clear your cache before beginning your search for cheap flights.
The travel comparison website Kayak doesn’t just find you the cheapest flights to one destination: it finds the cheapest deals to multiple destinations at once. So if you are not too fussy about where you want to go, Kayak is definitely a website you need to get on. Just select your departure airport and roughly when you want to travel, and then compare the best deals. Plus it’s relatively cheap to travel all around Europe once you’re there thanks to a plethora of budget European airlines. Once you’ve reached your destination of choice, plan your onward journey spontaneously through these budget airlines to save hundreds of dollars!
If you know you definitely want to go to Moscow in May or Florence in February, don’t hang around to book. Waiting around for the best deals to come to you nearer the time is not a good idea as flights tend to rocket up nearer the time of departure. So, our advice is to book your deals early before they are snapped up. This way you also have the added bonus of feeling very smug and organized when everyone else is rushing around in June to book last minute tickets at extortionate prices. So book, sit back and count down the days till your departure.
So you have chosen the date and destination, but now for choosing the time of those flights. Often unpopular but much cheaper by a considerable amount is to fly first thing in the morning. So if you want cheap flights you might just have to stock up in the caffeine until you reach your destination. Besides, the feeling of getting the best deal and saving dollars trumps tiredness any day of the week. Our last top tip is Wednesday: the well-known humpday is often the best day to catch a flight in terms of saving money, while days just before, during and after the weekend are most expensive.
So there you have it, a comprehensive list of how and where to get those top flight deals to any destination. The rest is up to you – get searching!
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