If you travel a lot, like me, you’ll end up taking a load of flights to save time, but it doesn’t always save you money if you don’t go about it the right way. With 7 continents and 70 countries under my belt now, I’m here to bring you my top tips for booking cheaper flights. Yes, I know it’s been done before on countless websites, but these are my tips for booking cheap flights!
1. Fly Tuesday
Eh? Yes you should arrange to fly on a Tuesday – everybody knows that flying on a Tuesday is almost always cheaper for some reason. If you have no set plans get your flights booked for a Tuesday and you’ll save a lot! Don’t believe me? Have a check here: Cheap flights (compare your Tuesday to a Friday and BANG!)
2. Don’t Be Strict, Be Flexible
Travel doesn’t have time for strict people. If you can’t get a seat on that 9.30 am flight that you wanted, why is it the end of the world? Just fly at 5am, or at 12 noon and honestly flying at off peak times is mostly cheaper! Be as flexible as you can and get on the cheapest flight that goes to where you want.
3. Consider other airports
I’m based in Hong Kong at the moment while I jaunt around the world. That doesn’t mean I have to book all my flights out of Hong Kong Airport. I often use Shenzhen or Macao which are both close by – it really pays to look around for alternative airports to fly out of! When I went to Slovenia in 2008, it was cheaper to fly to Trieste in Italy and cross the border from there so I did. Similarly when I went to Venice, I flew into Treviso and got the bus to Venice. Consider the overland options too and just look at a map to see what other airports nearby can serve as an alternative.
4. Check Mutliple Flights Websites
When you’re booking check more than one website. The same flight might be cheaper on Expedia than it is on Skyscanner. Beat The Brochure is a great site for cheap deals and don’t neglect airlines official sites either.
5. Sometimes booking a return is CHEAPER!!
Are you kidding me? No, I’m not. I once wanted to fly from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg and couldn’t find a cheap one way ticket, so I randomly searched for a return instead (without ever intending to use the return) and it was CHEAPER than the price I was quoted for a single. This is quite simply ridiculous but it happens sometimes. I had a ticket for my return flight but never used it as I was heading to Australia next…
6. Don’t pick your seat
Some airlines charge you more to pick your seat. Don’t give them extra money. Sit anywhere. Remember fate puts you next to people on planes. You don’t know who you will meet.
7. Don’t pack more than 15 kilograms.
I hate the way aeroplane companies always put a surcharge if you go over the limit for your baggage. I always refuse to pay and simply take the extra stuff out of the bag, put more clothes on in front of them, fill my pockets and put the rest in my hand luggage. NEVER pay a fee for excess baggage. Pet hate of mine. These days I never pack more than 15 kilograms anyway – lesson learned, problem solved! * Excludes my Antarctica trip where I packed a bit more 😉 When you’re booking your flight always select the option where you don’t pay anything for your bag (if this means selecting minium size of bag then do it – you won’t need more than 15 kg)
8. Don’t keep checking the same flights
If you have an idea of the flight you want, check it once and leave the screen open while quickly checking other flights. Don’t close the screen and check it again. The more times you check a flight, the more clever these companies are, the computer systems know what flights are being checked and they will bump up the price. Then when you book it, they will knock the price back down. If you have an idea of the flight you want, find that cheap price and book it straight away.
So that’s my 8 top tips for booking cheap flights, there are a load of other tips of course, but I stick by these ones and normally nail the good deals! Safe travels guys! If you want to read more of my endless money saving tips, head to my weekly Monday’s Money Saving Tips pages which are jam packed with top tips!!
PS – I also recently wrote about the world’s worst airlines in this post: shit airlines!
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