I usually spend hours and hours before deciding and booking a flight. I search on various search engines, I watch the prices go up as the days pass by in order to book the cheapest flight, but usually I end up booking a higher price (compared to the price I fist found). Below I’m listing some tips you need to have in mind if you want to get the cheapest flight.
1. If you find a cheap fare just book it, don’t think about it.
If you think of it over and over again the fare will most likely go up when you decide to finally book it. The best time to book your flight is today, now.
2. Try to search and compare prices
Skyscanner as far as I know if one of the most popular flight search engines. Momondo is another one. Try to search for the same flight on travel search engines but also make sure to check the airline’s website too, it might be cheaeper.
3. Book 6 weeks in advance
Prices drop below the average fare 6 weeks before you travel.
4. Book last-minute flights
When an airline hasn’t filled a flight, they will cut down their prices. So if you are flexible you should try this.
5. Travel on Tuesday or Wednesday
According to FareCompare Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the least expensive days to take a flight while Friday and Sunday are the most expensive.
6.Combine two flights
You might find it much cheaper to combine two low cost airline tickets compared to one direct.
Make sure to check all the available options.
7. Become a frequent flier
Sign up on the frequent flier schemes so you can gather miles and spend them later by getting cheaper/free tickets.
8. Fly early in the morning
Early morning flights are the cheapest.
9. Fly off peak
Avoid flying during half term/school holidays, high summer season, bank holiday breaks.
10. Fly to the secondary airport
Most destinations have two airports. The primary one is more expensive compared to the secondary one (low cost airlines fly there).
11. Join airline mailing lists
By signing up on airline mailing lists you’ll stay updated with the special offers and discounts.