- Advanced Planning
Planning ahead is the key to finding the cheapest flights. You don’t necessarily have to book your flight well in advance, either. Careful planning also offers the possibility of getting some great deals and the opportunity to take advantage of last minute Flash sales.
Go online twice a day to compare the different rates on flights for different airlines, dates and times. The best hours to search are around 9 AM and after 6 PM. Data has shown that flights are cheapest about 50 days before the departure date, so it’s ideal to begin searching about three months before you’re desired departure date.
2. Consider Booking With Multiple Airlines
It is possible to find a good deal on a roundtrip flight with a single airline. But, consider using different airlines for the various legs of your trip. You might be surprised in the lower total cost of your travel this way.
3. Look Into Indirect Flights
Most people may prefer a nonstop flight, but indirect flights can save you a considerable amount of coin. You can lower you’re total travel cost with a simple one-stop flight.
4. Book Flights During Off-Peak Hours
Flights departing after 8 PM are notoriously cheaper than their daytime counterparts. The lesser known off-peak early morning flights are cheaper, too. To snag a cheaper ticket consider a flight leaving between 5-7 AM.
5. Pick The Cheapest Day Of The Week To Fly
Most business trips require passengers to depart on a Monday and return on Friday. These are the weekdays with the more expensive ticket prices. Some business travelers began departing on Sundays in order to save on travel costs. Airlines quickly picked up on this trend so there are fewer savings to be found. The days with historically cheaper flights are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Checking for flights online in the middle of the week also usually yields cheaper prices on tickets.
6. Toss Your Cookies (And Delete Your Browser History)
Ever notice how the price of a flight changes after you search for it a few times? Airlines save your searches each time you go back to their sire. Recognizing an increase in demand for that particular flight leads to the airline adjusting (often raising) the fare. To avoid this trap make sure to delete your cookies and clear your browser history before each visit to the website.
7. Utilize Private Browsing And Incognito Searches
An alternative (or even a comparable trick) is to convert to private browsing or incognito mode before each search. These tried and true tricks are guaranteed to help you garner significant savings on your next flight.