Finding the best deal on flights is important because they can make up the largest portion of your trip costs. If a flight is too costly, you won’t go anywhere. Today I will show you how to find a low-cost flight. These are exactly the steps I use. These are the exact steps I follow. You’ll never pay more for a ticket on a flight.
First, be aware that there are many reasons why flights can be so expensive. Airlines are now under financial pressure to make profits and can’t lower fares. They also have less competition, making it more difficult for them to reduce fares. In addition, airlines are now flying full-sized planes because they have cut routes and reduced their capacity. A fuller plane means a lower incentive to lower fares. Even though oil prices are down significantly, airlines won’t lower fares because they’re making money for the first time since long. (More: Why is your airfare so expensive.
However, this doesn’t mean that the deck is stacked against your favor. Every day, thousands of deals are available from mislaid cheap fares to regular deals to discounted prices that allow you to compete with other airlines. If you’re able to locate them, there are many cheap fares available.
This is my 13-point guide for finding cheap flights to Mahon. It’s based on more than ten years of experience and thousands of flights.
13 Steps to Get Cheap Flights
Don’t believe the myths
Flexibility is key when it comes to your destinations
Flying direct is not always the best option
Search engines are not all created equal
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1. Don’t believe the myths
Many myths exist online about how to find cheap flights. These myths will lead you wrong. Finding a low-cost flight is not easy. There is no secret formula or magic bullet. Let me start by saying that it is not cheaper to fly on Tuesdays, that there is no evidence that searching incognito results in cheaper airfares, and that there is NO specific date or time frame in which you can book your flight.
2. Flexibility is key when it comes to travel dates and times
Prices for airline tickets vary depending on when you book your flight and what time of the year it is. August is a popular month to travel around Europe. Everyone wants to travel in the winter, or when their kids are not at school.
You will pay more if you fly at the same time as everyone else. Flexibility is key. If you’re determined to visit Paris, travel to Paris in spring or autumn when there are fewer tourists and the airfares are less expensive.
It’s also cheaper to fly on a weekday than on weekends, as most people travel on weekends, and airlines raise their prices. You can also fly after major holidays for a lower price. Because fewer people are willing to travel that time (who wants to get up early ?!).), prices are lower for late-night or early-morning flights. Savings of hundreds of dollars can be made by a difference of just one day.
This is why I consider this my top tip for finding cheap flights. Flying when everyone else is flying will save you the most money. Although you may long for Paris in summer, everyone else has and the airlines have set prices accordingly. They are able to predict when a holiday, major sporting event, or school break will be happening. They don’t think they are dumb and raise prices accordingly.
Fly flexible and you’ll be a lot more successful than everyone else.
3. Flexibility is key when choosing your destination
You don’t have to be flexible about where you fly if you aren’t able to. While it’s better to do both, if you want to save money on your flight, at least one of them is a good idea.
It is now much easier to search for the lowest airfare using an airline search engine. Kayak’s “Explore” feature allows you to enter your home airport and view a map with all of the flights. Google Flights has a similar but better feature. These are great tools for planning if you’re flexible about where you want go (i.e. anywhere but your home). This is how it looks:
Step 1: Click the map at Google Flights.
Search Google Flights to find cheap airline tickets
Step 2: Enter your dates and your home airport. Enjoy all your options! Step 2: Enter your dates and home airport, and enjoy all the options!
Google Flights: Finding Cheap Flights
You will find an airfare deal for any destination. If you are flexible about where you want to travel, you can easily find that deal.
You are bound to one price if you stay in one place. There is no magic or voodoo that can alter this. But if you are flexible, you will find incredible cheap airfare.
4. Fly with budget airlines
In the past, it was difficult to fly between continents if you didn’t want to use expensive, traditional airlines. This is no longer the case. Many long-haul routes are now available on budget airlines, which makes it easy to travel around the globe for very little money. Norwegian Airlines offers a $250 per-head flight between Europe and Bangkok. WOW Air offers cheap flights from the United States to Europe and Iceland for as low as $99. AirAsia has crazy-low prices on flights to Asia and Australia. Prices start at $100 per way. For $30 USD, you can even find tickets from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur. Cheap flights are available from India and the Middle East to Africa and other subcontinents. A budget airline can take you most of the world!
There are very few budget airlines in America. In Europe and Asia, however, there are many more budget airlines and the competition has helped to keep prices low. These low-cost airlines often offer no-fare flights – you only pay the taxes.