How To Find Cheap Flights.

How To Find Cheap Flights.

Hey friends! I’m going to be honest with you, I had no idea what I wanted to write about this week lol. I’m still working on my Paris travel guide (and then will move on to our Brussels and Amsterdam travel guide) but I ran into a wall. For now, I decided to write about how to find cheap flights! Finding cheap flights is like a game to me – I’m always looking up flights to everywhere (even if I’m not planning on booking them) so I decided to give you guys my tips and tricks! Enjoy!

 How To Find Cheap Flights

Plan Ahead

It’s very important to plan ahead if you’re wanting to find a cheap flight. You’re not going to save a lot of money when you book a plane ticket last minute. For trips abroad, I start looking for the best deals at least a year in advance. For domestic trips, I start checking about 6 months in advance. Even though I don’t actually book until a couple months beforehand. This way I can compare which airlines will probably have the best deals.

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Use A Third Party App to Track Flight Prices

There have been times where we’ve planned a semi-last minute trip (like our trip to Los Angeles last year) but thanks to this tip, we still managed to save some money. My favorite app for watching prices is Hopper. At this very moment, I’m currently “watching” flights to Reykjavik (Iceland), Bergen (Norway), Seattle, and New York City just for fun. When we learned we were going to Europe last year, I immediately started “watching” the flight from Minneapolis to London and we were able to book the cheapest price as soon as I got the notification!

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How To Find Cheap Flights | Finding cheap flights is like a game to me so I decided to share my tips and tricks to help you save money and travel more!

Don’t Purchase Through A Third Party

When I got the notification from Hopper that the price was as low as it’ll get, I went directly to the airline’s website to book our flight. By purchasing directly from the airline, you avoid any extra third-party fees so it was even cheaper than what Hopper said! Also, make sure that you use incognito mode or clear your browser cookies since the airline’s website will make the prices creep higher and higher the more you visit. The only reason it would be okay to purchase from a third party is if you plan on bundling. Speaking of which…

Bundle… Or Don’t Bundle

My friend Siera (who occasionally contributes to this blog) often saves up to $300 by purchasing a bundle through Expedia (flight, hotel, and rental car) which gives her more spending money at her destination! For me, however, I find that I save the most money when we don’t bundle. We often stay at an Airbnb or with a family member and primarily use Uber or public transportation to get around. To see which method would work best for you, compare the two! I always compare the bundle price vs. the price of purchasing everything separately.

How To Find Cheap Flights | Finding cheap flights is like a game to me so I decided to share my tips and tricks to help you save money and travel more!

Fly From An Alternative Airport

We live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota so while we have an airport – it’s often way cheaper to drive the 4 hours to Minneapolis/ St Paul to their international airport. When we leave for Europe, this is what we’ll be doing. While it means a little longer travel time (since we have to drive there and then drive back home), it’s worth it because we usually save a few hundred dollars this way! It’s smart to compare the prices from different airports in your area.

Related:   Sioux Falls Travel Guide.

After Booking, Save On Checked Luggage!

I almost always only bring a carry-on. I never have to worry about losing my luggage. Nor do I have to wait near the luggage carousel when I really want to explore my destination.

The only exception to this is when we flew with Spirit Airlines to LA and it was actually cheaper to check a bag than it was to have a carry-on. So make sure to check the airline’s policy to see which would be the cheaper method!

Related:   How To Travel With Only A Carry-On.

So that’s how to find cheap flights! I hope you found this helpful! What are some things that you recommend doing to save some additional money on flights?

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  1. Ha Truong
    April 26, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Such a great list! I usually plan ahead to avoid increased cost as well. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • April 27, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. April 26, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Great tips! I also have discovered that flying from an alternative airport is a lot cheaper! I used to always fly out of Indianapolis,but have recently discovered it’s way cheaper to fly out of Chicago instead!

    • April 27, 2017 / 8:22 am

      It’s worth driving the extra distance just to save some money! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Momma To Go
    April 26, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I love saving money on travel – I always use incognito mode, but never heard of Hopper. I will def be trying that!

    • April 27, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Hopper is the best! I never purchase a flight through that app though because there are additional fees but it’s great for alerts when a flight is the lowest price! 🙂

  4. April 26, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    These are great tips. I’m currently shopping around for flights for a trip over Christmas, so I’ll definitely put these to use. Hopefully I can save a few bucks.

    • April 27, 2017 / 8:23 am

      I hope you can too! 🙂

  5. April 27, 2017 / 5:36 am


    • April 27, 2017 / 8:25 am

      Hey! Thanks for reading 🙂 Cheers to traveling more!

  6. April 27, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I just blogged about this 2 weeks back and I agree with all what you have mentioned!… I ensure to delete all cookies before checking out the routes! :)..

    • April 30, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Hi Aarti! Great minds think alike 😉 Thanks for reading!

  7. April 27, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    This is a great list! I have the hopper app downloaded but never remember to use it to watch flight prices so thanks for the reminder! Haha

    • April 30, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Hi Samantha! You’re welcome! I believe Hopper has saved me hundreds of dollars so I hope it does the same for you too! 🙂

  8. April 27, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Great tips! I love the save on baggage tip! I tend to get discouraged with flight fares but thisnpost gives me hope!

    • April 30, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Hey Shelley! Flights can be a bit expensive but there’s always good deals out there! 🙂

  9. April 27, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I love our tip on avoiding third-party fees by booking directly from the airline. Saving this post for future travels. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    • April 30, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Hello! I’m glad you enjoyed! Happy traveling 🙂

  10. authenticfoodquest
    April 27, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Great tip about Hopper. I’ve never heard of it before, but I’m checking it out now. Thanks so much 🙂

    • April 30, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Hello! Definitely check out Hopper! I’m starting to sound like they sponsored this post, I love that app so much hahaha

  11. Amanda
    May 31, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Great post! I live in Sioux Falls too and often drive to Minneapolis to catch a cheaper flight. I always make sure to take into consideration the cost of gas and parking to see if the difference in cost is worth it though. Sometimes I’ll park my car at a friend’s up there and have them drive me to the airport if I can make it work!

    • May 31, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Oh hey! Small world! 🙂 Minneapolis also has a great ‘ramp, ride, fly’ program that we used when we went out to Los Angeles if for whatever reason you’re unable to park your vehicle at your friends’ house. We were gone for two weeks and only spent $20 on parking vs. $200 something at the airport!

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