how to book the cheapest flight possible to anywhere ?
Every hour the airlines have a lot of amazing deals from mistakenly published cheap fares to normal deals to slashed prices to compete with another airline. Cheap fares are out there if you know how to find them .
I have put together a list of my TOP 10 tips for deep Airfare discounts.
If you are a traveler who is looking forward to an upcoming vacation without spending a fortune, spend five minutes of your time on this article. There is a chance that you can find cheaper flights by doing so. All you need to know is how to locate them. The following 5 tips can provide excellent assistance to you in finding the best and cheapest airfare discounts at affordable prices.
1. Go for the perfect timing
This is the number one tip for deep airfare discounts. If you monitor the flight fares for some time, you will notice that they change within seconds. That’s mainly because people in every corner of the world are purchasing tickets for flights that you are keeping an eye on. There is a research made bywhich shows that the best time to buy your tickets is 54 days before departure. Moreover, there are instances where the airlines go ahead and publish amazingly low fares by mistake. Hence, you need to keep an eye on them
2. Book for Mondays
I know that you hate Mondays, I do too! But if you are a person who is looking for the cheapest air fares, there is a good reason for you to love Mondays. Air fares are significantly higher on Thursday,Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That’s because most people tend to target the weekends for travel. When the demand is high, the air fares would obviously go up as well. So If you are on a tiny budget (like myself) , go for Mondays. The flight fares are also low on Tuesdays and start climbing up from Wednesday onwards. The reason for the price difference between Monday/Tuesday and the rest days of the week is due to the demand! Most travelers are reluctant to travel on Mondays. As a result, the demand goes down. This forces the airlines to drop their prices.
3. Keep an eye on the hidden fees
If you are looking for effective tips for deep airfare discounts, you will have to keep an eye on the hidden fees as well.
Plenty of hidden fees are there and you can easily get fooled by them. If you are a smart hunter, you will not miss these hidden fees. Step One:Search for your flights , Step two: Once you get to the flight results page, click on the payment method of your choice (almost always debit card,transactions are free of charge).Step 3: Click to view the deal of your choice and pay special attention to the line: ‘Average Payment Fee Per Passenger’ that should be ”0”. Just try to follow those three steps and you will diminish the possibility of being surprised by an extra charge to your card.
4. Always be flexible Be flexible with your travel dates and times
Airline ticket prices vary depending on the day of the week, time of year, and upcoming holidays. If you are going to fly when everyone is flying, then you’re going to pay higher fares. If you are dead-set on visiting Paris, go to Paris in the spring or fall when fewer people visit and airfares are cheaper.
It’s always cheaper to fly during the middle of the week than on a weekend because most people travel on the weekends and airlines hike their prices then. Prices are also cheaper if you fly after a major holiday. Early-morning or late-night flights are cheaper because fewer people want to travel then. The difference of one day can mean hundreds of dollars in savings.
5. Fly to or from a nearby airport
I appreciate that flying to or from major airports is always easier for reasons known to every traveler, such as an easier and faster commute to the city center. However, you should consider flying from a nearby airport. You will be surprised by the savings you could achieve by opting to fly to or from a nearby airport. For instance, flying from London Stansted or London Luton airport most of the times turns out cheaper than flying out of the London Heathrow airport. Similarly, try flying to the Newark airport rather than JFK. A typical example to follow: The first option is to fly out of London Heathrow to New York JFK. The price is £396 while for the on the same date, flying out of London Stansted to New York JFK is £45 cheaper, £351!
6. Search ticket prices as one person
Don’t search for or buy multiple tickets in a single purchase. Airlines always show the highest ticket price in a group of tickets. For example, if you are a family of four and searching for four seats, the airline will find four seats together and show your fare based on the highest ticket price. So if seat A is $200, seats B and C are $300, and seat D is $400, it will price those tickets as $400 each instead of adding up the individual ticket prices. Therefore, always search for tickets as a single person. Afterwards, in the checkout process, you can pick your seats so you and your family are sitting together.
7. Be flexible with your destinations
If you can’t be flexible when you fly, at least be flexible with where you fly. It’s best to be both, but if you really want to save the most money on a flight, you should at least do one! Airline search engines have made it really easy to search the entire world to find the cheapest ticket — you no longer have to search manually. When you are locked into one place at one time, you are stuck with whatever price shows up. No voodoo can change that. When you become flexible, suddenly the entire world opens up to you and you’ll find amazing cheap airfare!
8. Fly budget carriers
Budget airlines now service many long-haul routes, making it possible to bounce around the world for little money. Norwegian Airlines allows you to fly between Europe and Bangkok for about $250 each way. WOW air is introducing cheap flights to Iceland and Europe from the United States for as little as $99. AirAsia offers crazy-cheap deals around Asia and Australia for as little as $100 each way. You can find even tickets from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur for $30 USD. You can fly most of the way around the world on a budget airline! Whenever I am not flying a long, overnight flight, I fly these airlines as much as possible.
9. Don’t always fly direct
Sometimes it’s cheaper to fly to London and take a budget airline to Amsterdam than to fly direct to Amsterdam. There are so many budget carriers around the world that taking advantage of a good deal to another city and then hopping on a budget flight to your destination is sometimes the best way to go. I had to go to Paris once; the flight was $900 USD, but I could fly to Dublin for $600 and get a $60 flight to Paris. It meant more flying time, but the $240 I saved was worth it.
10.Take advantage of student discounts
If you are a student (or under 26), there are many, many discounts available to you. There are a lot of student discount codes out there, and travel agencies like STA Travel or Flight Centre can help find you a cheap ticket.