How to Find a Cheap Flight

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How to Find a Cheap Flight

One of the biggest expenses of any trip will be the airline ticket. While it may be difficult to find a cheap flight, it is not impossible. There are many ways that you can bring down the cost of your flight.

Round the World Tickets

Round the world tickets are a great option for people who plan to travel to various locations. It will also be one of your cheapest options. A round the world ticket allows you to travel to various cities for a much lower price. When planning some trips we found that it was in fact cheaper to travel to more cities than just one city. Using airtreks.com were able to find a route where we visited 10 cities in Europe and Northern Africa for $1,200 US. Round the world tickets are for people who plan to travel a lot, not just two cities. It is perfect for people who are planning the trip of a lifetime, or those susceptible to wanderlust.

Discount Travel Sites

Discount travel sites are the most popular means that travelers find cheap deals. These sites are extremely popular with consumers, not only for their low prices, but also their convenience. Websites such as Kayak.com or Bing.com make it easy for travelers by filtering out numerous travel sites in order to find the best prices. Other sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz work like online travel agencies. Priceline lets you choose your own price.

Student Discounts

Many companies that cater and market to student travelers. They can lower their prices because they use discounted vendors as well as student discounts. If you have a viable student ID feel free to book with them. Try it, even if your card is expired. Sometimes companies are pretty lax with the expiration date of your student ID cards, just don’t push your luck. Student Universe is a website that allows students to book flights and hotels, reserve bus or train tickets, as well as rent cars all for a discounted price. STA is another discounted student travel site where you can book flights and hotels, reserve bus or train tickets as well as book travel tours.

Foreign Travel Websites

Although discount travel sites can be extremely useful for finding discounts abroad, sometimes it pays to check out travel sites from the country you are visiting. For example, Expedia and Travelocity have different websites according to country. Sites such as the British Octopus Travel and the Spanish eDreams, may not be popular in the US, but we have often found better discounts on our trips to Europe, using their sites. Some airlines also have different websites for different countries. If you explore these sites, you may find a cheaper flight.

Discount Airlines

If you are looking to cut costs, choose a discount airline. There are many low-cost airlines to choose from that fly to many different locations. Make sure to check their sites directly because some airlines are not included in travel aggregator sites such as Kayak.

Flexibility

If you are flexible with your dates, you will be able to bring down the cost of your flight. The more options available to you, the more chances you have to obtain the cheapest flight. Prices can fluctuate greatly from one day to the next. Usually flights during the week will be cheaper that a flight leaving on Friday. Also if you leave at odd hours, the prices tend to go down. Holidays will always be more expensive for travel, however the weekend following a big holiday may prove to be your best deal.

Know When To Buy

You can’t ever be certain when prices will go up and down, however there are some trends in regards to pricing. If you buy a ticket too early, you may be overpaying, also if you wait too long you take the chance that prices may rise. When you travel frequently, you begin to get a sixth sense as to the ebb and flow of pricing, however for those of us who do not there are travel predictors that can do the thinking for us. These predictors tell you if you should buy or wait for prices to lower. Bing.com and Kayak.com are good choices for travel predictors. There are some limitations to the technology, and not all cities are included, but it can come in handy.

Secondary Airports

Secondary airports can be less expensive to fly into, rather than their larger counterparts. Less expensive air carriers often fly out of these smaller airports. Keep in mind that these secondary airports are often further away from bigger cities. The money you would spend taking a cab or renting a car may not be worth the money saved with the flight. If you have to rent a car nonetheless, or find a bus or train within your means, this option may be for you.

Airline and Travel Newsletters

If you want to find out the latest in travel deals, you should sign up for various newsletters from various airlines and travel sites. They will alert you to discounts and any specials the airlines are offering. Some travel sites will send email when there is a sale to your favorite travel destinations or when prices drop.


Source by Isabel Cochea

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