Dreaming of a tropical destination, a bit of winter sun, but put off by the rising flight prices?! Have no fear, today I am going to tell you how you can find RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP flights at a fraction of what you’d expect to pay! I just found return flights to Frankfurt from London for £9 on Sky Scanner!
Why so cheap?! Well, empty seats make the airline absolutely no money. They might as well fill them and make some money. Sometimes they are trying to compete with other budget airlines and promote their company. But sometimes these mind-blowingly cheap deals are just errors by the flight companies. A decimal point in the wrong place, a mistake made with currency conversions. These deals don’t last long before the airline rectifies them but they are out there for the taking!
Here are a few AMAZING deals I just found right now!
After you’ve secured yourself some amazing flights like these ones, you may want to check out my other travel planning articles:
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So here are my TOP TIPS to get you those flights
- 1 1/ Be Flexible
- 2 2/ Be open – minded
- 3 3/ Don’t fly direct
- 4 4/ Use more than one search engine
- 5 5/ Fly out of season, midweek and during the night
- 6 6/ Make use of student discounts
- 7 7/ Visit Budget carriers website directly
- 8 8/ Sign up to Airline mailing lists
- 9 9/ Sign up for Frequent Flier Programmes
- 10 10/ Consider getting a travel rewards credit card
- 11 11/ Search as an individual
- 12 12/ Buy your flight using a different currency
- 13 13/ Book flights 6-8 weeks before you fly
- 14 14/ Sign up for price alerts
- 15 15/ Keep alert for airfare glitches
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1/ Be Flexible
It’s much harder to find those awesome deals if you are restricted to specific dates. Try and keep your dates flexible. Always look for dates 2 or 3 days either side your preferred dates of travel. Often you can save a LOT of money by flying a day earlier or later.
2/ Be open – minded
If you’re not too fussy about where or when you travel, you can get some amazing travel deals. I absolutely love the feature on skyscanner which allows you to search for the cheapest deals in the world at the cheapest time. This is how I find some of my best deals! Sometimes it inspires me to travel to places I hadn’t even considered! Just select ‘anywhere’ in the location box and ‘cheapest month’ in the dates box!
3/ Don’t fly direct
Often making slight diversions can make the most of a budget leg of the journey and bring the overall price down considerably. Good if you are not limited by time. Not so good if you hate flying and just want to get there as quickly as possible!
4/ Use more than one search engine
Not all search engines will flag up the budget airlines. Not all will offer the same deals. This is because the most budget airlines won’t want to pay a booking commision to the flight search website – you may need to go directly to their websites to find the best deals.
5/ Fly out of season, midweek and during the night
It’s obvious really. If you want to fly at times that lots of people want to fly, prices will be higher. So I hate to point out the obvious but if you want to fly at a bargain price, you might need to set your alarm clock a little earlier!
6/ Make use of student discounts
If you are a student or are under 26, you can often get great deals, especially with STA travel. It may be worth investing in an NUS extra card – the money these costs will be far outweighed by your flight savings.
7/ Visit Budget carriers website directly
A few great examples of budget carriers are Norweigan airlines, Wow and AirAsia. You may not get all the flashy extras – the soft blankets, the complimentary headphones, the impressive film collection, but you will get much cheaper flights. And hey you can even spend that money on a trip to the cinema to watch those films, have popcorn AND money left over! At the end of the day, don’t forget a flight is there to get you from A to B.
8/ Sign up to Airline mailing lists
Be the first to hear about amazing flight deals and nab them before anyone else discovers them. It’s worth signing up to airline newsletters for airlines that fly to destinations you regularly go to!
9/ Sign up for Frequent Flier Programmes
Fly enough and you may become eligible for free flights, free upgrades and complimentary companion tickets. Chose an airline which has an alliance with several other airlines so you can earn points on flights with several airlines.
10/ Consider getting a travel rewards credit card
These tend to have higher interest rates so only get these if you fly regularly and if you are good at paying your debts off every month!
11/ Search as an individual
Even if you are flying as a couple, always search individually. The reason being that it will search for seats together and select the highest price to base the flights on. Find flights individually and then chose seats together at check in!
12/ Buy your flight using a different currency
If you live in a country where the currency is strong, consider booking in a weaker currency version of the same airline! If you use a no-foreign transaction card to pay for this you won’t incur any surcharges! I use an Easy FX currency card.
13/ Book flights 6-8 weeks before you fly
Research has shown the optimum time to book a flight at a great price is about 2 months before you fly! Don’t wait too long hoping for a better deal – often they go up! Whilst you are waiting, get planning the other aspects of your trip! See my trip preparation guide!
14/ Sign up for price alerts
Some online search engines such as sky scanner will update you when prices start to creep up or drop! This can be useful deciding when the best time is to buy but be careful holding out too long!
15/ Keep alert for airfare glitches
To get those super low airfare error prices, you will need to stay alert as they don’t last long. Never book accommodation and activities until you receive booking confirmation so that you know everything has gone through properly! Best places to keep up to date on special flight deals are www.secretflying.com (they find stupidly cheap prices so you don’t have to.) Follow them on facebook or twitter to have these fab finds show up on your newsfeed! Here are a few deals they have currently;
So it’s now time to plan your trip! For more help planning your trip, see my planning guide!
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