Tips to Always Find Cheap Flights
Finding a cheap flight isn’t an art form, and it doesn’t require any special skills; what it does require, however, is patience, tenacity, and a little bit of luck.
Having become quite practiced at grabbing those bargain flights and cutting costs in other areas of travel, let me fill you in on a few secrets.
Be as flexible as possible
If you’re not willing to bend a little on the day or time of travel, you’ll pay more; it’s that simple. Flights leave when scheduled, not when you want them to! Look at mid-week flights rather than the weekend, look at night flights instead of daily flights, and you will find costs are generally lower. Of course, there is the odd anomaly where you find a weekend day flight for a low cost, and in that case, book it immediately!
Look at your extras
Getting to the airport is an area you need to look at when finding a flight because if you need to book a coach or train, it has to coincide. I found this too restrictive, so I couldn’t take advantage of the cheapest flights and decided to drive myself instead. I found Airparks fantastic in price and service, so I now use them regularly, having just booked Stansted Airport parking for my upcoming jaunt. I’d certainly recommend this idea to anyone able to drive.
I wouldn’t advise looking for a flight and simply booking it, not if you have little time to play with it. If you’ve not traveled immediately, head to Skyscanner and find a few options that suit you, and then simply wait and watch. Don’t keep checking the price, as you’ll drive the cost up, but merely take a fleeting interest in it. I say this because the cost of flights often fluctuates daily, and if you can figure out the pattern and predict when the price will be at its lowest, you can save big. It is a risk, but it’s often worth taking!
If you choose to fly indirectly, you might be able to save more money. This does add time onto your travel day, but if the connection time isn’t too great, no more than an hour or two, then you could quickly grab yourself a coffee and stretch your legs, safe in the knowledge that you managed to save money for the trade-off of simply a couple of hours. If the saving is significant enough, I’d certainly do it.
As you can see, no major skill is involved in finding a cheap flight, it’s all about patience and flexibility, and if you can do that, you can save more for your travel funds.