Do you always feel like you need to get away? Clear your mind from every day stresses and just break free? Yeah, I feel the same way every single day. Once you catch the travel bug, it’s a curse and a blessing. I am someone who is very much live in the moment and soak it all up because this could be your last. But, how many people are at work or school and are truly living life to the fullest and enjoying that exact moment? Most of us are watching the clock and counting down the minutes we can run out the door and onto something fun. I often ask people, what are you rushing to? Most people say hanging out with family, friends, or going out. My answer is always trying to find travel deals if I’m not already traveling somewhere. It is so hard for me to sit still when there is so MUCH that this world is BEGGING me to see. Listed below are a couple tips on how to find the cheapest flights.
If you are like most people, you are scared of credit cards. Most articles I find about cheap travel flights are acquiring a travel credit card of some sort and researching the benefits, usually paying an annual fee if you want a good one and most importantly, paying it the payment off every single month. This really does work. I use a credit card to deep the benefits of traveling for free. I have already received two free round-trip plane tickets in my first year of owning one. When some people here the word credit cards, they instantly cringe because they have a bad rep. Low and behold, this article is not about credit cards.This article is for the people who simply want to save money and time when looking for a plane ticket.
Rule of thumb, don’t over think this process. This should only take you no more than an hour to research. Eventually your computer sees how many times you have searched a specific place, a specific time, and the more often you do this, the hight the price jumps. So remember to delete your cookies every once in a while.
I have two favorite apps that I use when searching for a plane ticket, hipmunk and sky scanner. One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is look up flights to various places around the world. It is my number one motivation and also tames the travel bug knowing i might be going somewhere soon. Skyscanner is an app that allows you to look up the cheapest route to different places. Most the time I am flexible as to where I am going and just like to enter a date and search the cheapest places to fly at that specific time. If you don’t know the destination or the time, this is where this app’s specialty is. You do not need to know anything except that you want to go somewhere. You can set the date and destination to whenever and where ever. There a few other apps that offer this same service, but I have found this to be the most user friendly and easiest to use. You can also save destinations to get alerts if the price drops or rises. I am a planner so I usually know 6 months in advance if I am going somewhere. I usually sit on a couple places to see the lowest price before I buy. The only downfall of Skyscanner is it is always searching for the lowest price and sometimes the lowest price takes 18 hours to get to a 7-hour destination. It is literally plugging in different flights to give you the cheapest flight. If you are using a different search engine, this is great place to double check to see if there aren’t any cheaper routes, even if there will be a layover.
Another great app is hipmunk.com. This app is similar to most search engines except i usually find the prices of tickets to be a lot cheaper. Also, if you are flexible with your dates, it alerts you of cheaper flights within a couple days difference of what you originally planned. Again, not everyone is flexible but sometimes it can save you hundred. If you love saving money as much as i do, this may be the best option for you.
The last thing i do before i purchase my ticket is look up a different search on a different search engine. I am the type of person who just wants to make sure that i am getting the best deal out there. Don’t try and search too much of one destination because your computer’s cookies saves each time you search something in your computer and the prices will go up based on popularity of the destination.
The number one key to getting the cheapest flight is doing your research and being patient. No one knows wether today is the cheapest or ten weeks is cheaper. Being flexible with your dates and airports, sometimes can save you hundred. Flying out on the weekends most of the time is more expensive than flying out on a weekday. Also, I have found that purchasing your ticket 6 weeks in advance either on a Tuesday or Wednesday usually results in a cheaper flight. Making your travel days a Tuesday or Wednesday usually is cheaper as well. Keep in mind that Monday’s are the number one time business men and women are taking their flights. Traveling on the weekend is sometimes more expensive because that is when most people are off from school and work. Don’t get completely discouraged because I have had really good luck buying a ticket departing on a Saturday and returning on Tuesday or Wednesday. Be careful because if you try and cut your vacation short and want to fly back on a Monday, the price usually jumps $100-$200 depending where you’re flying to. Most importantly, don’t overthink it. This isn’t something you want to spend hours on only to save $20.
I hope this helps you on how to find the cheapest flights. Again, this article wasn’t for free flights, just some advice on how to save a few dollars for people who don’t travel as much as I do. I hope to see you in the air sometime and don’t forget, ENJOY THE RIDE!
(I was not paid by any of the companies listed above. These are products that I use and love.