How to Grab Cheap Flight Deals on Your Next Flight
There is nothing quite like the anticipation that comes with planning a trip. It might be to someplace exotic and far away. It might be a flight back to the familiar town that you grew up in. You might be planning the vacation of a lifetime or booking a business trip and looking to close a big deal. Not matter what your reason for traveling or where you are traveling to there is one thing that is sure to be on your mind. How can I save money on my flight? There are a lot of cheap flight deals out there if you know where to look. You can even find a cheap international airline flights. Here are some tips to make finding those deals on flights easy.
1. Fly on the right day
One of the first things you will notice when searching for cheap flight deals is that ticket prices can vary widely depending on the day of the week. You can really save a decent amount of money on your ticket if you can choose the less expensive day to travel. That might mean flying on a Wednesday instead of a Friday. Even if you can’t pick a less expensive day to travel on either your arrival flight or your return flight you can still save money on one your flights. When you are searching online it is usually easy to change the dates and times on the airline websites ad search engines so you can compare prices.
2. Go Undercover When You Search for a Cheap Flight
You aren’t being paranoid when you think that you’re being spied on while you are online. We’ve all had the experience of searching for something and then having pop-up ads for the thing we search for appear after we search. When searching for cheap plane tickets you will notice that the price for the same flight will increase if you search for it more than once. That is thanks to the cookies in your browser. The cookies tell a site when you have searched it repeatedly and the site raises the ticket prices to scare you into booking before the price goes up again. You should always use the incognito or private browsing mode when searching for cheap flights.
How you go incognito will depend on your browser. If you use Google Chrome or Safari you can go incognito by hitting “Command” (or “Control” if you are using a PC), Shift “N”. If you use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer you can go incognito by hitting “Command” (or “Control” if you are using a PC), Shift “P”. By doing that you will open a new browser window. In that way your information is not tracked and the prices you look at will stay low. Remember that your cookies will be reset every time you re-open an incognito window so you must close all your incognito windows and open a new one before executing a search.
3. Search for prices on more than one website.
Let us suppose that you are looking for a cheap flight to Albuquerque. You want to be sure that you find the rock bottom price to your chosen destination. In order to do that you need to use multiple flight search engines. That is the best way to compare prices and find cheap flight deals. There are many websites you can use. Two consistently outstanding websites to use are Google Flights and Momondo. Both are easy to navigate and dependably find the lowest prices. Google Flights complies prices from airline websites and a few third-party booking websites. Momondo complies prices from third-party booking site. It even uses some international sites so it is helpful when looking for international airlines cheap flights.
4. Get to know budget airlines
One of the best ways to find cheap flights deals is to look into budget airlines. There are a number of budget airless out there that can get you where you want to go without breaking the bank. Many of them provide dependable, quality service. It should be noted, however, that they are not full-service. The significantly lower price you pay for your ticket comes at a price. You may find that some perks like more leg-room and complimentary food and beverages that are built into the price of a ticket on a full-service airline are missing.
A note caution: when flying a budget airline be sure to carefully check on which airports they fly to. Some fly to airports that might be more distant then you like. Also, be sure to check on the luggage fees and weight/height restrictions. You don’t want to be surprised when your luggage is too heavy or too large and you get hit with additional fees.
5. Take advantage of award programs
I get it, figuring out the rewards programs and tallying up your miles can be a bit of a hassle but it is worth it when you are looking for cheap plane tickets. If you travel frequently the miles and reward points can really add up. You aren’t always confined to one airline either. Your airline may have a partner airline or an airline that is the same alliance with the same miles. For example, if you fly with Delta and have Delta Skymiles you can fly with any SkyTeam partner and use your miles. Just be sure to compare the value of your miles with the cash value of your ticket to be sure you are getting a good deal.