People start saving money while recovering from the damage caused by the pandemic. Many people lost their jobs. As countries are about to open their international borders, people start planning their vacations. How do we travel? By saving. How do we say? By finding cheap flights. So, travelers, here are the tips on how to find the cheapest flights.
Find Cheap Flights
There are plenty of flights offered online. But, bear in mind that as much as possible, we try to find the right flight. There are plenty of available flights online. But are they all good? Here are the tips.
1. Move Fast
1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, 5 days already past since you saw a low price. However, you are still undecided if you should book it or not. If you are already sure about your travel, then why wait? You found a great flight fare. How long will it last? No one can tell. Expect those low prices that they won’t last long. The rule of thumb is that the better the fare, the shorter it will last.
2. Avoid Peak Travel Months
Another tip on how to find cheap flights is checking the travel months. The best months to book your flights are January and February. If you are planning to have your holiday by June or July, it is best to book as early as January.
Take note: Best travel months are depending on the specific landing and take off destinations.
3. Book Now or Never
I am recommending you to book your flight 2-3 months in advance for domestic flights. And for an international flight, the best is 2-8 months in advance. If you’re booking for peak summer, add a month or two onto these recommendations, and if you’re traveling during the lean season, it’s more likely cheap fares will pop up closer to the departure date. Moreover, if you’re thinking of traveling around major holidays like New Year’s and Christmas or during peak summer, add a month or two on those recommendations. Better now or never. Better to look for a flight now than never getting any sits in the future.
Usually, the prices jump up in the last month or two before the departure. And we do not want this to happen because our main goal is to find a cheap flight.
However, if you book too early and settle for a not-great fare, you’re missing out on potential future sales.
4. Best Days to Travel
Many of you may be wondering if this does exist. The answer is YES! What are the cheapest days to travel? In short, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the cheapest days to travel. Friday and Sunday are usually the most expensive days. Usually, many people are traveling, starting from Friday until Monday. But bear in mind that this should not only be your basis to book the flight. The flight changes all the time dynamically.
5. Be Resourceful
The next tip on how to find cheap flights is to be resourceful. Do not just search flight the way you used to. Do not just ask flights in google search. Picking the cheapest flight in search engines is not the best way to find your best flight. See what prices are available via Skyscanner, Google Flights, etc. to different destinations are around the world. Pick which of the cheap landing place charm you. Select the dates you would like that have cheap fares convenient.
6. Use the Best Tools to Look for Flights
There are plenty of tools that you can possibly use when searching for flights. We have Skyscanner, Momodo, Kiwi, Jetradar, Google Flights, Edreams, and plenty more flight search engines you can check at. You may also check the official website of the airline.
7. Check and Match
One of the most effective ways to find a cheap flight is to match the results. Do not stick to one search engine. There are plenty of choices. There are many online travel agencies waiting for you. Type in your preferred dates, destination, number, and people and click search. But that is not enough if you are really looking for cheap flights. Compare travel agencies. Check which appeals to you the most. Sticking to a single flight search engine will never give you the best deal that you are looking for. Go to Expedia, TripAdvisor Flights, Skyscanner, OneTravel, Google Flights, Kayak, Momondo, and etc.
8. Check Alternative Airports
If you are living next to the airports, it is always best to select the right airport for you. You may also check some alternative airports or large hubs near your intended destination. But bear in mind to weigh also the possible consequences—for example, the distance to your hotel upon arrival and time.
9. Use Airline Miles
Most of the airlines have their own privilege or rewards programs. Make sure to sign up, anyway signing up is free of charge. Always check if you already have enough credits to avail of FREE or discounted flights. Be part of their loyalty program to earn points and enjoy plenty of perks.
10. Free Flights from Credit Card Miles
Another booking flight tip is by using your credit card. Ask your credit card provider about their terms and conditions. You may also ask if they are affiliated with any airlines. When you sign up for the right travel rewards credit cards and use them efficiently, it is easier than you might think to save up enough miles for free flights — you only pay for travel taxes.
11. Flight Booking Sale- Through Newsletter
Lastly, on how to find cheap flights is through the airline newsletters. Airlines usually give promotions and offers. Sign up on their newsletter for you to be updated all the time regarding their promotions. Many airlines only ask you to pay the travel tax, and you may enjoy their FREE flights. In the Philippines, some airlines do this. For example, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific give Piso (₱1) fare tickets sometimes.
Airlines also have special promotion discounts when you are a resident citizen of their country of origin. Check their terms and conditions very carefully because you might be eligible for any discounts.
Flying doesn’t have to be expensive. Put some effort, and you will surely get the right and best deal. Pliability, combined with patience on searching cheap flights, can save you hundreds of dollars.