Have you ever started to plan a trip, only to give up once you saw the high cost of airfare?
Well, it’s time to dust off those old travel dreams, because we’re going to show you how to make them a reality.
There are amazing deals on flights all the time. Here is our guide to taking advantage of them and planning a memorable trip without breaking the bank:
In general, weekdays are cheaper to fly, but this isn’t always true. By using a popular flight search engine called Skyscanner, you can look at an entire month at a glance to determine which dates are the cheapest to fly.
For shorter or medium-haul flights, you will find budget airlines servicing just about every airport in the world. These can really help you save money, as long as you don’t mind giving up some perks like checked luggage or in-flight meals.
Some search engines inflate prices, so try to avoid these. Some of the best flight search engines to use are Skyscanner, Scott’s Cheap Flights, and Airfarewatchdog. These search engines also include budget airlines, so you can be sure of getting the most affordable results.
Frequent flyer programs allow you to rack up points every time you fly, which can be used towards the price of your next flight. Another great strategy is to open a travel rewards card which awards you points every time you use it for everyday purchases.
Airlines hike up prices the closer you are to your departure date, so if you’re serious about saving money, avoid last-minute ticket purchases. In general, your best bet is to try and book your flight two or three months before departure.
If you are running repeated flight searches, your cookies track the information, automatically causing prices to go up if you look at the same route multiple times. Open an incognito or a private browsing window to ensure you’re looking at the lowest rates.
Often, you can nail down a cheaper rate by finding affordable connecting flights. Instead of flying directly to Rome, for example, try booking a flight to London and then a cheaper connecting flight from London to Rome.
Simply enter your departure city into a website like Kiwi and choose some possible dates to view a wide range of possible countries to visit along with prices for you to compare.
Booking your entire trip with one airline locks you into their rates. Alternatively, you can save money by comparing prices among different airlines for different legs of your journey.
When booking, most airlines will automatically charge you in the currency of your departure country. In some cases, your rate will be cheaper if you pay in an alternate currency (providing the airline allows that).
Cost doesn’t have to be a barrier to experiencing some exciting travel adventures. A mix of savvy strategies like these can turn your dream into a reality.