The cost of airline tickets is often the most expensive part of a travel cost estimate. That is why finding cheap flight tickets to your dream destination may be crucial. After all, if your flight is too expensive, it is very likely that you will not decide to go there and choose to go somewhere else. How to look for the right flight connections? when? and where? I answer these and other questions in this post.
1. What sites do I use to search for cheap flights?
As a rule, I start with Skyskanner to do preliminary research on which prices, dates are available etc. Later, I like to compare these prices directly on the airline website, which appeared to me when searching on Skyskanner. Checking flights on Google Flights is another good option. First of all, you can view prices by day, the cheapest ones will be green. This allows you to check which travel dates are the cheapest or see if you are overpaying by selecting a specific date. Secondly, Google Flights immediately shows real prices, does not add commissions at the time of payment (which so many other browsers do – during the search the price is low and as we go through all the registration steps and provide card details, the sum is often much higher – what a waste of time!). We can also set alerts with the destination to receive notifications when the price drops. Besides, Google Flights has a nice recommendation option. If you don’t know where to go, you can also find suggestions and sample prices. Before you choose your destination, you can display different cities with suggestions on what to do, e.g. Hiking, museums, etc. Ideal if you just want to travel, but it’s difficult to decide where to go.
It is always good to have a look at several websites, although it is a time-consuming, most of the times it is worth it. Different flight search sites may have different prices, but also different search criteria. Below is a list of the most useful websites for searching for the best deals. And one more thing, before you start your search, change incognito search mode on your web browser so that your data and preferences are not collected.
List of useful websites for searching the best flight deals:
6. SECRET FLYING
7. CHEAPO AIR
In addition to searching on different websites, it’s worth checking how prices vary depends on language versions or currencies on a given website (e.g. kayak.de, momondo.it). If we can, it is worth looking for flights in a language other than ours native. My record is a flight between Warsaw and Brussels bought … for 4.99 euros but on the Spanish version of the website.
2. When to look for flights?
This is a time-consuming task, so many people go to it during the weekend because they just have more time to discuss possible options, dates, prices etc. … so it is not recommendable to search for it on weekends and holidays. It’s the best in the middle of the week, although it’s hard to say if Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday it depends on the airline. A good time of the day to buy is early morning or late after midnight. Often, prices are updated at noon, so it’s better to do something else during the day. Oh and one more thing, let’s not check the same flights now and then, because then the interest in a given flight increases, so the price will also go up.
3. How about a connecting flight? … or from another airport?
Connecting flights can be a nice option not only in terms of price (often they are much cheaper) but well organized, they can give us a chance to visit a new place, as well as relax or say colloquially stretch our legs An example let my flight to Australia, normally it takes over 20 hours, in most cases flying from Europe change is inevitable but often it is only a few hours and such a long flight can be tiring. I divided it in half, I had a one-transfer in Singapore and later at night another almost 10 hours to Australia. Thanks to this, the flight was not only cheaper (I flew: Polish National Airlines – LOT and Singapore Airlines) but also more tolerable, and by the way, I had the opportunity to see Singapore.
Checking the prices of flights from various nearby airports is another good option. In Europe when it comes to intercontinental flights, they will practically always be cheaper from the largest European airports such as London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Brussels. Your dream is South America?, it’s worth checking the prices of flights from Spain (mainly from Barcelona or Madrid) because they are almost always cheaper.
4. Sites and support groups for low-cost hunters.
Subscribe to newsletters from various websites that search for the best deals daily. There are also different groups on FB where groupers share the cheapest flights they’ve found.
Examples of such websites:
5 . If possible, try to be flexible. Fly out of season.
If you have already booked a holiday at work, these options may not be for you, but you can remember it for later. The point is not to stick to strict dates, airlines or locations. Pre-set dates tie you up to high prices. If you decide on a destination other than planned, you can discover an amazing place that you didn’t know about before.
Most search flight websites can search for flights without entering a destination (Google Flights, Skyscanner, etc.). If you don’t have to be somewhere on certain dates, first look for flights, then choose dates based on the cheapest ones.
The point is that the prices of airline tickets vary significantly depending on the day of the week, season and upcoming holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, or even long weekends. August is also not the best month to travel, especially in Europe, because then everyone is travelling due to a break in school. Then flights will cost us more. If possible, try to fly out of season.
These are all the most important things I remember when I am looking for flight tickets. How about you? What was your best deal on flight tickets and what are the tricks that you use to get them at the best possible price? I am happy to learn about some new, cool ways.
In the meantime, I wish you all lots of the best deals and the highest possible flights!