Booking Cheap Flights
If you’re looking for tips to book cheap flights you have come to the right place! Booking flights can be an absolute nightmare; they’re one price one day and have rocketed the next. I have spent a great deal of time recently researching the cheapest flights and here’s what I have found.
Be Flexible with Dates
Lots of websites allow you to do ‘whole month’ searches or searches with a couple of weeks’ flexibility either way. If you go a day later or a day earlier you could save yourself a lot of money. This generally coincides with the rule that flying midweek is cheaper. Also, if you can possibly avoid times like school holidays and bank holidays you’ll most likely save yourself a pretty penny.
Use Comparison Websites
There are so many comparison websites out there from Kiwi.com to Cheapflights.co.uk, Skyscanner.net to Expedia.co.uk. They will NOT all give you the same results. I’ve nearly always found Skyscanner to show the cheapest flights but it’s worth checking more than one to make sure you’re not missing something.
Search on Different Days of the Week
There’s a lot of talk on the Internet about the best days of the week to book a flight, and who knows if any of it really stacks up. After doing my own research trying to book Bristol to Athens I’ve decided no one day of the week is better than any other. Just keep checking. And either do it ‘incognito’ or delete your history and cache every time.
Search at Different Times of Day
As with different days of the week I’m not sure there is a one-size-fits-all approach, especially as times of day depend on where in the world you’re searching. Try morning, afternoon and evening and see what result you get. One morning I woke up to find my flight £50 cheaper, then by lunchtime it had gone back up £25. If you see something that looks like a bargain snap it up before it rises again. Because it will!
Is A Cheap Flight The Most Important Thing?
Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back and think of the bigger picture. Weigh up your different options. If you have to travel 150 miles to a major airport for £200 flights but would have to spend £70 on airport parking, £40 on fuel there and back and possibly an overnight stay in an airport hotel, then you might as well spend £350 on flights at the airport down the road.
Of course everyone wants cheap flights but don’t forget the other costs involved in flying.
I am by no means a flight booking expert so if you’ve got more tips to book cheap flights then please leave them in the comments section.
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