The Ultimate guide to find cheap flights in 2021
For most trips, the flight is the most expensive part of the trip. Although the price of transatlantic flights has decreased in recent years, it can still have a significant impact on travel budgets. Whether you are traveling alone on a tight budget or a family looking for a vacation abroad, finding a cheap ticket can lead to a successful or unsuccessful trip.
If your flight is too expensive, you may be able to postpone your trip further. I’ve seen it over and over again.
Even so, airlines make thousands of great deals every day, from misjudged fares to special promotions and price cuts to compete with other airlines. There are cheap fares and wherever you look, your dream trip can come true.
Today we are going to help you learn the skills to find cheap flights. These are the exact steps I’ve been following for 10 years to get the cheapest airfare on every flight. If you follow them too, you’ll never be the one who paid the most for their tickets!
Find a Cheap flight:
The first thing you need to know about finding a cheap flight is that there are no magic bullets or ninja secret tricks for doing it. There are many myths online about how to find cheap flights. In fact, in your search for the best flight deals, you’ve likely come across tons of them!
- They are all lies. They will confuse you.
- Most websites hire terrible reporters to recycle common and outdated myths. The most common that are not 100% true is:
- Buying a ticket on Tuesday (or any other specific day) isn’t cheap
- There’s no evidence to suggest that finding Incognito will make your business cheaper (though there’s no harm in trying).
- There is no specific date or time frame for booking a fare
- You can’t predict an airline’s price, and the website is basically making informed (but likely incorrect) guesses.
- Airlines use advanced computers and pricing algorithms to price and sell based on time of year, passenger demand, weather, major events/festivals, times, competitor prices, fuel prices, and more. I did it. These so-called “tricks” no longer work. The system is too smart. Throw them away. Let them die.
- And don’t listen to those who say other things. Nobody who speaks to you knows what he is talking about!
Flexible response to the date and time of Flight
Ticket prices vary widely depending on the day, time of year, and upcoming holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, and Independence Day. August is a big month for travel in Europe and everyone wants to go to a warm winter spot or when their kids are out of school.
- In short, tickets are more expensive if everyone intends to fly in-flight.
- Be flexible with your dates. If you’re no longer in Paris, head to Paris in the spring or autumn when there are few visitors and the flight is cheap.
- But what if you want to go in mid-August? You have no luck. Hawaii for Christmas? Good luck! The price will be the best.
- The solution is to fly in the off-season. Look for a different date so you have the best day available. The stricter your plan, the less likely you are to find a deal.
- Additionally, most people travel on weekends and airlines raise prices so it’s almost always cheaper to fly in the middle of the week than on weekends. The prices are also cheaper if you are flying for a bigger vacation. Early morning and late evening flights are less likely (who wants to get up early?!)
- So a daily difference can translate into savings of hundreds of dollars.
- Airlines aren’t stupid. They know when a festival, holiday, major sporting event, or school break is coming and raise prices accordingly.
Flexible response to the Flight
If you don’t have the flexibility of when to fly, at least you should be flexible about where to fly. It’s best to be both, but if you really want to save the most money and get a cheap flight for your trip, you need to be flexible with at least one or the other.
The airline’s search engine makes it easy to search the world and find the cheapest tickets. You no longer have to manually search for the city every day. All websites like Sky Scanner, and Google Flight provide exploration tools that can be placed at your home airport to show a world map with all flights. This makes it easy to compare multiple goals without going through all of the possible options. You will also find interesting destinations that you never expected.