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Flying across the other parts of the world is now right at your fingertips, the flight ticket prices will not leave you broke for the rest of the month anymore. I flew from Denmark to Vietnam and paid $350 for one way, whilst my direct flight from Georgia to Israel was only $100 even it was a last minute booking. I once flew from Denmark to Turkey for only $80, it was awesome how much money I saved from all these flights!
I have travelled in Southeast Asia with $2000 for six months, whilst I wander around Turkey, Georgia, and Israel with $1500 for four months. Although, I must admit that my blog supported me mostly, the cheap flight tickets I booked saved my ass for sure. If you are heading to Southeast Asia, here is a backpacking guide.
In this post, I will walk you through finding the cheapest flights in the world on the web without exhausting yourself from comparing dozens of booking platforms. If you are not ready to book a flight yet, I will show you how to set a price alert to make sure that you don’t miss any flash deals. To help you decide for a place to go, check these destinations with cheap flights to.
HOW TO BOOK THE CHEAPEST FLIGHT TO ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO
Ready to book, get your laptop or desktop on clear to follow the step-by-step trick that I do myself in scoring an affordable flight. If you don’t need to book one now, find out now how you can do the same way I do it for your own future flights.
1. STAY ANONYMOUS
If the price of the flight you were looking at, jump to almost double, it’s not a mistake but there is a reason why. Don’t trust those cookies on your search egine (either Chrome, IE, FireFox, etc), they keep track of your searches which means it records every time you search for a flight. It tells the robot on the web to offer you flights with higher prices because you already searched for it for 100x in the past 30 days or even more.
If you are using Google Chrome, there is an option to hide your identity, it’s called Incognito. On your laptop or desktop, press ctrl + shift + n all at the same time. On your mobile phone, click the options button on the right side and click “open tab in incognito”.
To the web robots, you will appear as a new user and go on your flight hunting peacefully.
2. CHOOSE THE BEST PLATFORM
The last thing you want to do is book directly from the airline’s website, most of the time (not always), they sell the highest price for the flights the are offering. Nowadays, most flight booking platforms cover almost all the major airlines; both budget and luxury ones.
I personally use Skyscanner, I love this website so much that you can even find it on my resources page where I post all my suggested tools for my readers. I have used Skyscanner throughout my travels, the only time I didn’t was when I needed to fly at a specific time that I cannot find on this website. I also once booked through another website only because I had a voucher that is about to expire.
Skyscanner is the most flexible flight search engine application I have used so far. It lets you check the cheapest destination from your current country by choosing “Everywhere” and set the date for “whole month“. This is perfect for travellers who plan their trip in advance or travellers who are flexible on their travel plans. I find it really amusing that I can now basically play the game “Hmm, where to go next”, whilst sipping my wine.
- Google Flight – is best to compare flights as you can use their interactive maps feature
- Skyscanner – is my most preferred platform, I probably use it 95% of the time
- Kayak – a few of my friends like to use this but I have never booked anything here
- CheapOair – back in 2014, I found a good flight here and booked it but it’s long time ago
- Lastminute – a great deal for last minute flights to anywhere deals, however, nowadays, last-minute flights are the most expensive ones compared to 10 years ago
- Momondo – I only use this when I want to compare a flight I’ve found on Google Flights and Skyscanner to see which one offers the best deals
3. FIND WHEN IS IT CHEAPEST TO FLY OUT
In my own experience, most of the time, middle of the week is the cheapest day to fly out. Try to decide or get your day off or holiday starting Tuesday or Wednesday because most people will want to fly out during Friday or Thursday making the flights more pricey. I also notice that it’s getting cheaper to fly on Mondays.
4. HOW TO HUNT FOR THE CHEAPEST FLIGHT
Head to Skyscanner’s homepage. From the home page, make sure to set the following details to easily find the most affordable flights you want:
- Your location or preferred airport – you can also set it for the whole country to find where is the best airport to fly from
- Your destination – I highly suggest you to set the destination to EVERYWHERE, this will display the cheapest flight sorted by country destination
- Preferred date – one trick you need to keep in mind is to set the date for the WHOLE MONTH or CHEAPEST MONTH and let Skyscanner do the magic
When everything is set, you are ready to hit that SEARCH FLIGHT button.
TIP: Don’t know when you need to come home? Choose a one-way ticket, will save you very good amount of $$$.
5. CHOOSING YOUR DESTINATION
The next page will take you to the search result, here you can click the drop-down menus to see which city of every country has the cheapest flight tickets. Using the drop-down menus, you don’t need to leave the result page. This gives you the freedom to compare flight prices. Also, if you worry about accommodations, this is an excellent site to find the most reliable and cheap place to stay.
6. CHOOSING THE DATE
After choosing your destination, the page will take you to the next one where you can choose your desired date. On this one, you can see the prices for any date of the month. Another awesome tip is to remember the colour guidance below. Green for the cheapest, orange for the middle price range flights, whilst red is for the most expensive flights. Feel free to play around to find the best match, on the bottom right corner you will see the total price of the tickets for the dates you chose.
7. GO FOR BUDGET AIRLINES
If you are going not very far from your home country, you may want to consider budget airlines. They are not the most comfortable but you can save a really good amount of money that can go far during your travel. If it’s only for less than an hour to three, it can’t be worse than a bus for six hours, believe me.
REMEMBER THESE BUDGET AIRLINES
- Air Asia
- Cebu Pacific
- Jet Star
- Jeju Air
- Tiger Air
- Hong Kong Express
- Peach Air
- Dragon Air
- Nok Air
- Vanilla Air
- Jet Star
- Tiger Air
- Air Asia
- Wizz Air
- Wow Air
- Norwegian Air
- Pegasus Airlines
- Air Baltic
- Spirit Airlines
- Jet Blue
- Virgin America
- Allegiant Air
- Flair Airlines
- Air Canada Rouge
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
- Viva Air Peru & Colombia
- Fly Bondi
- Avianca – not a budget airline but often offer affordable flights
8. BOOKING YOUR OWN CONNECTING FLIGHT
I’ve encountered in so many situations that booking a separated connecting flight is way cheaper than booking them all together. Of course, this is only a good idea if you are travelling with one to zero check-in luggage because you will need to claim your bag and check it in yourself.
You also have to take into account the transit visas, if you are like me who has a weak passport, I need a transit visa in North America, Europe (sometimes), and Oceania. Which means I cannot exit the transit area and go through the immigration and security to get my bags to re-check in.
9. SECURING YOUR TICKETS
On the next step, it will take you to see more details about your chosen flight/s; time, airline, etc. You will also see the total price of your flight which you can compare to the other flights on this page.
Remember that after you click SELECT, the page will take you to the booking website, this is where you can make your payment and add your personal details. Keep in mind that flight tickets are time sensitive, the prices change almost in every second, don’t be disappointed if the prices suddenly went up.
10. THE POWER OF PRICE ALERTS
Skyscanner has the feature called price alerts if you find the best flight that suits your needs but you are not happy with the prices, setting up a price alert will help you track down the cheapest price for your flight. Skyscanner will simply send you an alert through your email to let you know about awesome deals related to your chosen flight. You can find this option at the top left corner.
11. HUNT FOR THE AIRLINE ERROR, FARES, & TIPS
It is common that there are some technical errors from airlines or even the booking sites where they posted or release the fare incorrectly. Sometimes, they notice and fix it fast enough, but there are a lot of times that it goes on for hours. Search for this and look out on social media where your friends might be mentioning about the fare error.
Another old but golden tip is to hunt for a flight at midnight where fewer people from your location are searching for a flight. The web bots change the prices and offer better deals at this time of the day or night.
I really hope you find this article about booking the cheapest flight useful and helped you answer the question “where can I book the cheapest flights“. I hope you found a great flight to anywhere you want to go. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section below.
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