We have changed
Thinking back in time is hard to believe how different it was for us to buy flight tickets. We have changed so much! I remember myself going to a local travel agency and buy tickets from them. Now, everything has changed for the better as we have access to flight search engines and the possibility to book online at anytime from anywhere.
Is key to be flexible when you’re looking for cheap flights. If you are locked into fixed travel dates, or you can only fly during bank holiday periods or on weekends, it’ll be more of a challenge for you in finding cheap flights.
2- Search as soon as possible
As soon as you know your destination start searching for flights and check prices at least once or twice per week. Of course, you’ll be able to find last-minute deals that might beat what you’ve already paid…but that’s not guaranteed! So is up to you if you want to take the risk or not. If you want to wait for a bargain, you’re better off not having a fixed destination in mind.
3- When is the best time to buy tickets
According to a recent research by a fare search website, CheapAir.com, the best time to buy would be 47 days in advance, so around 7 weeks. However, there is no golden rule. Keep in mind that peak season and holiday weekends will always have the most demand, so expect higher prices. But which day is the best day to book? According to a survey, travelers who search for flights on Tuesday (at midnight) save about 6%. Apparently, flights are slightly cheaper at midnight from Monday through Wednesday. Keep this in mind: Fridays and Sundays are usually the most expensive days to fly. Actually, it was found that on Friday around 3 am is the most expensive time to book. So to sum up, “always book at midnight”.
4- Play around with the time of your flight
If it is impossible for you to change the date of your flight so then change the time you choose to fly. Prices can change dramatically. Flying early in the morning instead of the late morning can increase your chance of getting the best deal.
5- Choose your type of method wisely
Another way to cut costs is to apply for an airline credit card, which rewards you with air miles (Avios miles), which can be later redeemed. These credit cards are an extension of frequent flyer programs, which means this: the more you spend, the more points you earn. The best way to earn Avios miles is to use it for day-to-day purchases, for example, going shopping, filling up the car, going out for dinner, etc. A good option could be Iberia Cards “Earn Avios on all your purchases, join now Iberia Sendo Gold Card and get up to 9,000 Avios”. For more info go here bit.ly/2rZ0b1j
6- Sign up for email alerts from your favorites airlines
If you sing up, you’ll receive emails with all the hot deals available. Keep your eye out for Tuesday afternoon, as most airlines will know if their weekend flights are fully booked. If empty seats are still available, they will cut prices and tell their subscribers.
7- Always check alternate airports and cities
I love this tip and I use it a lot! If there is more than one airport close to your origin or final destination, you should check both as prices can vary. Another good idea is to check other cities close to you. For example, I am based in Dublin and unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Menorca (Spain), but if I go to Belfast — around 2 hours away from Dublin — I can find direct flights with Jet2.com. So play around a bit with airports and cities to get better deals. IMPORTANT: I messed up once and I ended up flying into an airport much further away from the city center and I ended up paying extra money for taxies and buses, so be careful when choosing!
8. Fly where the deal is
Another good idea is to fly where the cheap flights already are! Choose a destination you can afford and you know you’ll enjoy. To so do, use a flight search engine like Skyscanner, type in your departure city — in my case “Dublin” — and click on “Flexible? Search everywhere” and a list of the cheapest flights to anywhere in the world will pop out. Thanks to this, last year I flew to Iceland for a bargain price!
9- Choose longer layover
Normally flights with longer layovers usually offer lower fares. There are a lot of airlines that offer free layovers like Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Air France, etc. This year I flew to my hometown, Buenos Aires, from 650 EUROS return from Dublin with a 48 hours layover in Istanbul! Unbeatable price! What I love about this trick is that you’re actually paying for a destination but you can actually enjoy two for the price of one.
10. Delete your cookies
Unfortunately, some websites will store your search data and the price of the flight will increase next time you wish to book. To avoid this, the best trick is to delete the history and cookies of your browser. To do so, go here: mzl.la/KEnDu