The art of grabbing a cheap flight isn’t rocket science, in fact it’s more to do with being in the right place at the right time, having some patience, and knowing the little tricks that allow you to find the best deals as they come onto the market. If you’ve never done this before, then of course it can seem like an impossible task, but armed with the right information, you will easily find the best options available to you.
This is probably the best advice to give, because the more rigid you are in your flight search, the less likely you are to find the best details. For instance, if you’re hard and fast on the idea of flying at the weekend, you’re less likely to find a low cost deal, because it’s always more expensive to fly Friday, Saturday and Sunday; instead look towards mid-week for cheaper prices.
Consider a different airport to your usual one
Some airports are just cheaper than others, don’t ask me why, but it’s a fact. For instance, in the UK, if you fly from London you will almost always find a cheaper fare than if you go more regional, from Newcastle or Manchester for example. Look at the cheaper areas and see if the combined cost of travelling there and your flight still works out cheaper than your usual airport.
Sometimes going around the houses a little can cut costs, and it’s really a case of weighing up the pros and cons. Look at your indirect options and see how much extra time it is going to add onto your travels, if it’s not too much, why not fly indirect? Your travel day is pretty much a dead day in terms of your holiday anyway, so an extra hour or two isn’t going to make much of a difference.
Go with hand luggage only
Some airlines give a more generous hand luggage allowance, and if you’re only going away for a few days or maybe even a week, think about whether you can be ruthless with your packing needs and only take hand luggage. Look at it this way – you can save the cost of a return suitcase if you do this, which can sometimes add up to £40 onto a booking, and that’s a considerable saving. Remember the rules regarding liquids in hand luggage, and to save a little weight, buy your toiletries at the airport.
Watch and wait
Skyscanner is a good place to head to if you want to find your cheapest options, and once you find one that suits you, I’d suggest you watch and wait for a few days. Don’t keep checking because this could drive the price up, but instead check maybe once a day or once every two days, and when you think it’s not going to go any lower, or it’s possibly starting to creep up, book it. It’s a risk, but sometimes the price does come down.