We’ve all experienced the tiresome, repeated searching when trying to book the cheapest possible flights to any given destination. With endless search engines and continually fluctuating prices, the approach to frugal flight booking is overwhelming. Here’s some key tips that will save you time, frustration and most importantly money when booking your next flight.
Flight prices increase based on the cookies in your browser, and if you search for a trip repeatedly then the airline will hike up the price, with the intention of making you book faster before the flights go up even more. So choose ‘open in incognito mode’.
2) Always use the best search engines
Although we’ve listed broad search engines here, note that many do not include budget airlines. If this is what you’re after, do an additional search for regional budget airlines (we’ve listed as many we know of further below).
Finally, no single search engine is consistently perfect (though we find Skyscanner to be pretty good). As such, you may need to try a combination of search engines to ensure you’re not missing any results. There doesn’t seem to be one that gets the cheapest flight 100% of the time.
3) Be flexible with dates
The advantage with Skyscanner is if you’re flexible with the date you fly, you can find the cheapest day, usually on weekdays. Choose depart -> whole month to find the cheapest dates in a month.
4) Be flexible with locations
Yet another advantage of Skyscanner is that if you’re flexible about where you fly to, there’s a search option for the cheapest location. To find this information choose the ‘To everywhere’ option.
5) Don’t hang about!
If you know where you’re headed, don’t wait to book! Generally flights get more expensive closer to the date. So you should book as soon as you’re sure.