How To Find Cheap Airfares

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Over the past few years’ I’ve been lucky enough to travel a reasonable amount, although there’s always time for more, but for most people they don’t head away as often as they’d like due to the expense of traveling. You’ve got to factor in the price of flights, hotels, insurance, travel, spending money and much more. Flights can be one of the largest expenses of a trip, but they don’t have to be as you can grab cheap airfares to Europe for the same as what you’d spend on a takeaway delivery, and one’s further afield can be as cheap as what you’d spend on a fancy holiday in London. Here are some of the tips I have used to grab cheap airfares and continue to travel.

Search in Incognito Windows

When you search for anything on your computer it is stored within the cookies of your computer, and search engines/ websites remember what you have previously searched for. This works that if you’ve looked for flights to a particular place and you go back and check them a few days later the prices will have increased, this is done because the flight companies know you’re interested in going there and by increasing the price it might scare you into booking them there and then. If you use an incognito window the cookies from your previous search history will not be stored and you won’t be subjected to various differing prices quite as much. It is always worth double checking on another device/ IP address before you commit and click the book button.

Use comparison search engines

There are a number of websites which can compare prices of the flights and my personal favourite is Skyscanner. You can choose your destination and dates and you can see which airline is going to be the cheapest as it might not always be Easyjet or Ryanair depending on your location and dates. You can also choose to search and leave the destination empty if you’re unsure where you want to go. I do this quite often to see if there’s anywhere in particular I can fly to cheaply if I am strict on when I am free to go, cheap airfares are just a click away.

Work out the cheapest date to fly

If you’re a little flexible and not locked into specific dates you could save yourself a lot of cash. When you select your destination on a site like Skyscanner you can leave the dates as ‘whole month’ or even empty and choose the dates depending on when’s cheapest to fly. Friday and Saturday flights out of the UK and Sunday flights into the UK tend to be cheapest as most people want to go away for a weekend. If you’re going away for five days you might find Wed- Sun cheaper than Fri- Tues so it’s worth moving around your dates to find the cheap airfares available.

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Look into alternative airports

It might not always be cheaper to fly directly to where you want to go, especially if there’s an event going on around the time. In some European countries such as Germany, you might find that a lot of airports are within a few hours of each other and it might be cheaper to fly into an alternative airport and pay for a coach/ train to where you actually need to be. For example last year I paid Β£20 for a return flight to Frankfurt Hahn and just Β£15 for the return coach into the city center. It might have taken 2 hours on the coach but flying directly into Frankfurt would have cost about Β£100.

Look into credit card bonus’

Pretty much the only reason I applied for an American Express credit card was because you get Avos points to use with BA. Now I use my credit card a reasonable amount, paying it off in full every statement because who has time for interest?! By using this card I am earning points every time I make a purchase and I’ve already accumulated a large stash of points which can be used against flights. It’s worth looking into credit cards and see if anything works for you. Cheap airfares are all well and good but if I can get free airfares then even better.

Look at longer stopovers

If you’re doing a long haul trip and need to make a stopover it might be cheaper to have half a day or even a few days in the locaiton before travelling on as flights which are designed to connect can work out more expensive. Not only might you save money but you can add an extra part onto your holiday, for example you can stop over in New York or LA when flying to Hawaii or stop in Singapore when flying to Australia.

Check if it’s cheaper to book in another currency

If the airline you’re booking through isn’t local it might be cheaper to pay in another currency, for example the currency of the destination you’re visiting. This could save you money if the exchange rates are good but make sure that you opt to use a credit card which is free from foreign transaction fees if you are doing this.

Do you have any tips on saving money on airfares?
February 18, 2017
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  • I didn’t know about searching for flights in an incognito window, that’s a great tip! I don’t usually like stopovers, but your idea of having a longer one making it like an extra holiday is great xx

  • I don’t fly lol but will definitely be passing these tips on to my mum who is a frequent flyer, she is a bargain Hunter as well. It’s always a great feeling knowing you have gotten a bargain x

  • Great tips here! I need to book quite a few flights this year so I’ll be using some of these to get the best deal x

  • Rhian these tips are incredible! I never thought about the incognito browsing before or purchasing in a different currency, but it makes so much sense.

  • Elodie

    I knew about the price hike if you look at flights multiple times, but I had never thought about the incognito window before. That’s genius! I’ve been looking at flights to Seoul and these will definitely help a lot!

  • i wish i was lucky enough to be able to travel but i have to wait for my children t grow up being mum to 8 means it would cost us thousands to get away x

  • I did not know about the incognito windows that is a brilliant tip and I agree search comparison websites really do help whittle down the cheapest airlines.

  • Chloe Griffiths

    I’m loving traveling at the moment but i defiantly always shop around it’s amazing how just changing the airport makes it so much more cheaper!

  • everinmay

    I never believed the incognito thing until I tried it and the price was so much cheaper! I used comparison websites too and you definitely find better deals. Great post πŸ™‚ xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I didn’t realise there were so many ways of getting cheaper flights. I must look into this further next time i need to book tickets.

  • Love this tips! Especially about doing research under incognito windows. Taking notes! Thanks for sharing.

    Wendy
    https://sisterlyserendipity.blogspot.com

  • Laura

    I love to travel but its so expensive. Next time I book a flight I’ll definitely be exercising some of your tips, especially as I’d like to fly to Lagos soon to see my friend xxx

  • I had no idea about the incognito windows .. what a great tip! Can’t wait to put some of your others to use .. my husband and I have some trips coming up in the near future!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Some great tips here. I always look at flight sales that are on x

  • Absolutely brilliant post! There are so many ways for us to save money when travelling and these tips are so helpful.

  • We love travelling, so it’s great to hear the tips on saving money when travelling.

  • Teresa Bowen

    My tip, when flying long haul, is to see if the journey can be broken down into a short flight into Europe and then the main flight from there. Many European countries don’t have the flight taxes that UK flights do and a bit of extra effort can see significant savings.

  • Angela Milnes

    Such a helpful tips for travelling and this is a great way to save money, Thanks that you share the great tips

  • Some great tips here! I could have done with them before i booked my holiday! xo

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Definitely incognito searching for sure, that is how I always check for flights x

  • Baby Isabella

    Woweee! We never knew about incognito window! Going to Bear that in mind next time we check x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Yes! Always use incongneito windows. It drives me nuts how they track who is looking at prices.

  • Kira L Curtis

    These are some really useful ideas that I’ve not really thought of before! Definitely will be keeping these in mind!

  • Newcastle Family Life

    These are great tips. I used to travel often when I was younger but have not much since having my children, hopefully we can start getting away again soon now they are bigger xx

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    I never would have thought to book in another currency. Great tips!

  • These are very good tips! I haven’t thought of the incognito browser tabs – thank you for opening my eyes!

  • Really great tips and never thought at purchasing in another currency will have to look into it

  • Fabulous tips!! I never knew about searching in Incognito windows and I an eager to start looking for the best deals coming up for a September trip x

  • Clairejustineo

    Really good tips here πŸ™‚ We’ve not been abroad for about 13 years but my husband brought forms home today to get out passports renewed :):)

  • Tooting Mama

    Great tips here, we love travelling and with 2 kids the cost does add up. I’ll be using these tips!

  • The Family Treasure

    great tip the one about incognito window! I will have to try that one. What I find out that works quite well for us is to book flights 6 months or so in advance. It really helps to keep the costs down. πŸ™‚ x

  • Some really great tips here. I don’t travel very often and price is a major factor in that! Love the tip about incognito mode, wouldn’t have ever known to do that!

  • fashion-mommy

    I’ve never thought about incognito mode but it does make perfect sense to hide previous searches.

  • none

    All great tips. I never would have thought to book in another currency. Looking into that for my next trip!

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