The Cheaper the Flight
Story by Diana Al Shammari
There’s a common misconception that travelling is expensive and finding cheap and affordable flights is an impossible task. Well, that’s not really true. You see, travelling can definitely be expensive depending on your destination/airline/accommodations, etc. but it can be quite affordable as well! Here are some tips and tricks to travel smart and cheap and avoid spending your life’s savings.
In order to find cheap flight tickets, you need to have a flexible flying schedule. Be open to booking your flight anytime of the year if you really want to save some extra cash. This can turn a flight to Rome from $1,250 in the summer to $320 in the fall. Keep in mind that summer time is a very busy season and lots of people book their vacations during it, therefore flights are extra expensive during these months. Booking your flights during those off-seasons can reduce the price of your tickets immensely.
Use flight search engines
Never, ever, EVER book your flight directly from an airline. Do you realize how much money you would be spending and how much money you can save by searching for cheap flights using search engines? Here are some of the best (and my favorite) flight search engines that offer the best prices. Also, always make sure to search for flights using incognito mode on your browser. Based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher.
Find the cheapest day to fly
The truth is – some days are cheaper to fly out than others and figuring out which ones may save a lot of money for you. Days such as Tuesday and Wednesday are cheaper to fly out than Friday or Sunday, but that’s not always the case. There’s no consistent truth to exactly which days are cheapest to fly out because that changes constantly. Your best strategy is to get a quick visual of prices for a whole month to see what days are cheapest for your specific route.
Step 1: Hop on the Skyscanner website or the app
Step 2: Enter your departure & arrival cities
Step 3: Select “one-way” (even if flying round trip – you’re just determining the cheapest days to fly out first)
And voila! It gives you a preview of which days has the cheapest and which has the most expensive tickets. Kiwi.com and Google Flights work similarly to Skyscanner, plus they have map views as well, so you can see where the airport is. For tracking when and where is cheapest to fly, Hopper also offers price analysis and track fluctuations (i.e. when is best to fly).
Travelling can be affordable if you are willing to put in the time and effort to search out the cheapest tickets from inside the deepest pit that is the internet. You also have to keep in mind that you need to be flexible with your flight dates and be open to fly out during off-season months.