This guide helps you finding the cheapest airfares. There are hundreds of websites out there, where you can book your flights. Instead of booking the first one you find, comparing fares can save you hundreds of dollars you could spend on cocktails, sippin’ them on the beach. The following article lists the best websites and gives you some extra tips, when it comes to finding cheap flights. Let’s get you these cocktails!
Best Websites To Compare Fares
Momondo is a great website that compares thousands fares, even searching the less known websites, to give you the best prices. If you decide to start an adventure, it’s a good starting point and reference for your further search. There are also options like “Multi-City” or “Fly to anywhere”. Their calendar view shows you the cheapest dates to fly. If you’re unsure where to go, just choose your departure airport and search for flights in a specific country or continent. When you’d like to book a flight, momondo refers you to the relevant website for free, where you can continue your purchase. All in all, it’s a great start to plan your travels and often it finds the cheapest available prices out there for your flights.
Probably less known than momondo, kiwi.com is great if you’re not really sure where to go. After you typed in your departure airport, it shows you a world map with all the destination and prices, giving you an overview of the price ranges in different regions. You can even choose a radius search based on yor departure, to find the cheapest airport to fly from. Their home page shows you great deals to a variety of destination and the cheapest overall flights. For example, flights across Europe starting from as less as 15$. Kiwi.com also finds really cheap flights and is a great comparison site, also giving you extra flexibility.
Skyscanner is similar to momondo, with the option to add nearby airports around your departure and destination, to find the cheapest fares. They also have a calendar view showing you different prices for different dates. If you’re flexible with your destination, you can choose the option “fly to anywhere”. Once again, it’s a good way to compare prices across hundreds of websites and also searches lesser known carriers.
#1 CREATE PRICE ALERTS
A lot of websites and apps offer price alerts. It means, they will inform you on price changes on specific routes you determine before. You’ll be informed on a weekly basis or when price changes occur, always keeping you up to date.
#2 CLEAR BROWSER HISTORY AND COOCKIES
It can push up the price of tickets, when you are searching for tickets a lot. Some websites use dynamic pricing to determine your behavior and adjust the price. To avoid that, always clear your browser history and coockies, before you compare fares. This way, the websites won’t know you were on their website before and what you were looking for.
#3 SEARCH INCOGNITO
For the same reason, try to search in incognito mode, so you don’t leave tracks for the websites to adjust the price.
#4 ALSO CHECK THE WEBSITES OF THE AIRLINES
There are a lot of good comparison websites, but don’t forget to have a look at the websites of the airlines as well. They might have promotions going on or may offer a better price than the search enginges.
#5 BOOK RATHER SOONER THAN LATER
Usually, the closer you get to your flight, the more expensive the ticket gets. It can get up to 40% more than you’d usually pay. Don’t book too soon, but don’t wait too long neither. I’d say a good 6-7 weeks in advance is a good time. Unless it’s for a holiday, then you can’t book soon enough. You could wait for a last minute deal, but they’re not guaranteed. If you’re flexible, it can be worth waiting for them.
#6 FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow airlines on social media, to be updated on prices and promotions. SecretFlying is another page, focusing on deals and mistake fares. Follow them on facebook or twitter, to get really good daily deals to worldwide destinations.
#7 CHANGE YOUR LOCATION WITH A VPN
There may be different prices in different countires for the same flights. Change your location with a VPN and experiment with some countires. The difference can be huge.
#8 SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTERS
Airlines and websites offer newsletters to keep you up to date on deals. Sign up for them to receive news via email. Another great way of receiving deals, is to sign up to Scotts Cheap Flights. You will get notifications on promotions and also get information on how to book or how long the deal will last.
#9 FIND THE CHEAPEST DAY AND TIME
Keep in mind, that there are a lot of people taking business trips. They mostly fly on sundays and mondays and return on a friday. Tickets on these days might be more expensive. Try to book on a tuesday and fly on a tuesday or saturday. It also depens at what time your flight is. The peak time is during the day, so try to find a flight early in the morning or later in the evening.
#10 THE PRICE DROPPED? ASK THE AIRLINE
When you booked your flight and you see the price dropping afterwards, it doesn’t hurt to get in contact with the airline and ask them to refund the difference. Some airlines do that, but it may just work, if you bought the ticket directly from their website. I mean, they can’t say more than “no”. It’s worth asking.
#11 AVOID DIRECT FLIGHTS
Direct flights are usually more expensive than flights with a stop. Try to add one or two stops and see how it affects the price.
#12 SEARCH FOR PROMO CODES
There are no promo codes all the time, but occasionally there might be some and it’s worth it taking 5 minutes looking for them, as they can save you a good amount of money.
#13 BOOK ON YOUR COMPUTER
Some programs estimate app users don’t have as much time as people using a computer and therefore adjust the price inside the app. It doesn’t have to be this way, but it doesn’t hurt comparing the prices with both devices.