Travelling being a passion of mine, I do fly quite often. However, I don’t spend a lot of money on flights. Some people think travelling is all about money. I don’t agree with that. Cutting costs on transportation and accommodation will make it a lot cheaper. I’m always searching for cheap flights, and when I find some accommodation as well which is suitable to my budget, I go for it. In this post, I’ll be sharing some tips on how to find cheap flights. I promise you’ll be able to easily get affordable flights after reading it!
First things first, being flexible is the key for cheap flights. When I want to visit somewhere, I don’t chose specific dates. First, I search the whole month, seeing how much it costs and which dates are cheaper. If I’ve decided on a specific date, I make sure to buy it well in advance.
Buying in advance
According to economist Makoto Wanatabe: 8 weeks in advance is the best time to buy. However, Airlines Reporting Corp. says 6 weeks out is the best. Most discounts and sales are offered at the beginning of the week. The best days to buy tickets being Tuesday and Wednesday. However, keep in mind that ticket prices change up to 3 times per day.
Which day you are flying is important
The cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Flying on Sunday is the most expensive, plus holidays – so make sure you buy those tickets as soon as possible.
Search just one-way tickets
When looking for cheap flights, have a look at the one-way prices as well. Some airlines offer one-way tickets for less than return tickets.
Sign-up to email alerts
Email alerts are very important. I know it sounds annoying, but I promise it’s beneficial. Airlines constantly send information, sometimes sending sale codes for 10% – 20% off. Do give emails a chance.
Consider nearby airports
Some cities have several airports, and the airfare between them can vary dramatically. Some low-cost airlines can fly to nearby airports instead of the city centre, but make sure to check the distance. Don’t forget to take into account the cost of getting from the airport to the city; as some airports can be quite far.
Low-cost airlines always offer good prices to those who fly without baggage. If it’s possible to travel with only a carry-on, it’ll tend to be cheaper. Keep in mind this is only the case for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Wizzair, Easyjet etc. Other airlines have higher prices because you automatically pay for baggage and meals – even if you don’t use the services. If you’re only going for a short trip, then you’ll benefit from lower prices and carrying lighter bags (win-win).
Written by Bengisu Basaran