Everything You Need to Know About Finding Cheap International Flights
Finding a great deal on your flights is more of a science than ever, with lots of factors affecting the final price of your flights.
We’re going to take a quick look at all of the things you’ll want to know when trying to get the best deal possible.
Do I Need to Book Early?
Of course, booking well in advance can sometimes bag you a bargain, but so can booking one at the last minute, so what’s the best thing to do?
To be honest, the truth is that there isn’t a magic formula! Flight prices can fluctuate without any obvious reason, so it’s best to track the flights that you want, monitor the prices as they rise and drop, and try to get in there when they drop to a level that you’re happy with.
The comparison sites such as Skyscanner offer email alert services that will let you know when your flights are dropping in price.
Just don’t leave things to chance and try buying your tickets at the very last minute. There’s always a chance you might grab a bargain, but generally speaking, it’s not worth the risk.
Being flexible is one of the best tips that we can give. It’s not always easy, especially when you’re travelling with a young family or working around full time jobs.
However, if you can arrange to fly at an unsociable time such as at the weekend or overnight, you can end up making a nice saving.
Flight booking agent Globehunters recommend that rather than searching for flights on a certain date, you search across an entire week or month.
Buy Single Tickets
Much like with train tickets, it can often work out cheaper to book two single flights rather than one return journey, so this is always something worth checking before you book, even if it’s only a small saving.
Another advantage of doing this is that it allows you to fly to and from different airports for each leg of your journey, which is another way you could save money.
Consider Flying from a Different Airport
This obviously depends on your situation, but if you live within a reasonable distance to another airport, it might be cheaper to fly from there instead of the one closest to you.
You’ll have to add on extra travel costs for petrol or the train to get to the other airport, but you’d be surprised at how much you can end up saving.
Sign Up to Airline Newsletters
While the last thing you want is for airlines to be spamming your inbox, they’re the best place to hear about all the latest deals, so it might be worth signing up to their email newsletters, or even just keeping an eye on their Twitter feeds.
Incognito or No?
There’s a long-standing belief that airlines use internet browser cookies to push up their prices every time you visit them.
The solution to this is generally to browse using ‘incognito mode’, but the waters are still a little muddy on this one and there’s actually not much evidence that cookies do have an effect on your prices, as you can read about in this article from HuffPost.