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
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.Travel Hacks: how to find the BEST deals on airfare!Click To Tweet
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?