If you are a traveller then taking flights every now and then is just part of the whole adventure. Over time, you have probably gotten better in scoring cheap flight deals or know better now what you should look out for when booking flights.
Anyway, if you do not have to book flights as often and want to hit your head against the wall when looking at all those expensive flight prices, then this is the right post for you. I’m sharing my tips today on how you can score super cheap flights.
And I have to say this year has been going pretty well in terms of cheap flight. I had a return flight from Germany to the Canary Island Lanzarote (4,5 hour flights) for €100 and next up is Germany – Corfu (return) for €75 and Germany – Poland (return) for only €32. I’m pretty proud of myself and here is how you can get flights this cheap as well.
1. Be flexible in timing
When you book your flights, don’t have a fixed departure and return date in mind. For some reasons, a flight can be more or less expensive if you choose different return days.
Consider staying a couple of days longer or leave earlier when you check out different departure and return times. Just leaving one day later can sometimes save you hundreds of dollars.
If you are completely flexible just look at prices for the entire month and see which date is the cheapest. Skyscanner has an option like that which lets you see prices for the entire month at once. That is basically the main feature that I use when choosing a date for my vacation. And it usually works, so you should give it a try as well.
2. Travel with hand luggage only
Budget airlines like Ryanair or Easyjet can offer flight deals for only €10 if you get lucky (e.g. Frankfurt to London). However, sometimes with these airlines there can be a lot of costs encountered at a later booking stage. Taking a suitcase can cost you around €40 extra and then choosing your seats is another €8.
To actually score pretty cheap flights you should only travel with hand luggage to save you a bunch of money if the situation allows it. I know that isn’t always possible if you are traveling for a longer period of time but if it is just a short weekend getaway, it should be possible to pack a little less for once.
And anyway long-haul flights usually include luggage, so you do not have to worry about that then.
3. Be flexible about where you want to go
Don’t always have a set location in mind, but let your choice of location depend on the flight prices. Choose a time frame in which you are available and then compare where the cheapest flights will take you. Maybe in that way you will also be more open to exploring countries that you never thought of visiting before. Who knows, they even mights surprise you.
4. Don’t travel in the main holidays
Unless that it is the only time you have to spare for traveling it is generally cheaper to travel in the off-seasons for not only flights but also accommodation prices. Traveling during off-seasons is also great because places might be less crowded as well.
5. Check multiple websites
I usually use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights and they always state which website is the cheapest to book the flight. Anyway, if you find a cheap flight, still go and check other websites as well, just to be sure. Also always check on the website of the airline directly and compare the prices.
But Skyscanner is always my first choice.
6. Join a travel reward program
A lot of airlines have bonus programmes were you can collect points for flying with them. If you have collected enough points you can exchange them against gift cards or products. I really like the Etihad Airways guest programme.
I don’t fly with Etihad that often but it is my favourite airline and for just one flight I can get a small gift card which is nice. Some bonus programmes are also paired with other airlines. (I got Etihad points for flying with Oman Air).
7. Book in advance
In general, the earlier you book the cheaper the flight prices will be. So book in advance if you already know that you will be going traveling at a specific point in time in the future. Especially for low-cost airlines like Ryanair, you can score super cheap flights in advance for just a couple of Euros if you book early enough.
8. Remove your browsing history
Previous search engine searches can have an impact on your future search results. So if you want to rule out any bias towards more expensive websites or higher prices than better delete your browsing history. You can also search in incognito mode if you want to avoid your personal profile influencing your search results.
9. Return flights are cheaper than one-way tickets
When I flew to Panama I was originally planning on flying into Panama and out of Costa Rica. However, that was 300 Euros more expensive than flying in and out of Panama, so I just booked a cheap flight from Costa Rica back to Panama so I could fly out of Panama City.
I know, it’s not always possible to fly in and out of the same place, especially if you do not know when you will be returning home. Anyway, if it is somehow possible it should be a lot cheaper to fly back and forth from the same airport.
And that was it, these are the tips I try to follow when trying to score super cheap flights. Do you agree and/ or do you have anything to add to this list.
Let me know x
And are you not only looking to score super cheap flights but also cheap accommodation? Then you only need to know one tip to get the cheapest accommodation across the world, which is to book via Hostelworld, my favourite website 🙂
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