Never, ever overpay for flights again! Why pay more when you can pay less? Unless you are super-rich and don’t mind throwing some extra thousand dollars away at the airlines each time you book a flight. For the rest of us “average” or “regular” travelers, we all want a cheap flight.
Trust me, paying for flights is our least favourite travel expense, so we always go for “cheap” and the best last minute deals on flights.
So how do you save on flights? Here is what you must always do to find cheap flights from all airlines and travel sites.
1. Install the Jetradar App (iOS or Android)
Yes, this is a highly recommended app for anyone that wants to travel easily and economically. Want to book cheap flights? Then you must create some space on your phone and install the Jetradar app, available on both iOS or Android.
Jetradar is a flights meta search engine that scans and pulls data from thousands of airlines and travel sites, compares flight prices and displays the cheapest and best flight deals for you to select.
This saves you a lot of flight costs because you will never have to overpay again on flight tickets. By aggregating all flight options to your destination, giving you the option to choose the best deals, it means you can always book cheap flight tickets on this app.
You can also plan your trip on the app and set up notifications for when the cheapest flights are available to your destination.
There are lots of other benefits for using this app. The user interface (UI) is friendly very simple and easy to book flights to any destination.
The same destination, but one ticket is $640 while the other is $398! There are hundreds of other ticket options to choose from, so you can always get a good flight deal with the Jetradar app.
2. Always Clear Your Browser Cookies
This is one hack everyone who wants to save on flights should always remember to do. Have you ever searched for flights on a site and got a price only to go back there moments later and the price has increased?
And it appears the price always increases between searches. So you should always clear your browser cookies or or book flights in private browsing. This way, they won’t be able to track you so the price will always stay cheap.
If you haven’t downloaded the Jetradar mobile app recommended above but you will like to search for and book cheap flights online, you can always set your browser on private mode or clear cookies from your browser settings as shown in the screenshots:
3. Make Your Bookings Early
The get the cheapest flights possible, always research flights ahead of time and make your booking early, say weeks or even months ahead. Booking flights 3 to 8 weeks ahead of your trip will guarantee that you get cheap deals on flights.
Although on the rare occasion can still get some last minute flight deals, it is best to book early.
4. Plan Your Travel and Booking Days With Some Tact and Wisdom
If you want to book a cheap flight, avoid booking on Fridays because there is usually a price hike on Fridays. Fridays are very bad for flight booking because there seems to be a surge in prices from every airline.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays are the best days to book flights, especially Tuesday afternoons. This is because most airlines publish their last minute deals on Tuesday, even more so when they are having lots of empty seats.
Always schedule your flight for mid-week outside of peak periods and holidays. This way you are almost always guaranteed to get cheap flight/airline tickets.
5. Don’t Carry Excessive Luggage
Another way to avoid paying too much for flights is to carry less baggage and luggage. Most airlines allow you to check in with one free bag (of a certain weight). You will pay additionally for luggage if you are carrying more than the allowed weight.
Unless it is really unavoidable, don’t pack beyond the allowed free weight. Before making payment, always check to know the maximum allowed free luggage so you can be sure.
Be Very Flexible in Your Flight Search
Another great way to find cheap flights is to be flexible in your flight search. When you are searching for flights to a destination, always allow for flexibility.
For instance, you will find cheaper flight prices when you choose multi-route instead of direct flight.
Checking most of the boxes and allowing for more flexibility will ensure that you get the cheapest flight deals.
These are some of the most effective ways to help you find and book cheap flights to any destination.
What other ways do you think can help you find cheap flights? Share with us in the comments.