So you’ve heard it all before, your mate is going to some random place in Slovakia for £5 and you have no idea how they’ve done it.
This post is aimed to help backpackers searching for information about how to book cheap flights with budget airlines.
Sign up for Newsletters
To discover when Budget airline’s are having a promotion, sign up to their mailing list.
this will give you up-to-date information on when the airline will have a sale or promotional offer.
This will keep you in the Loop and be ahead of the rest also seeking out a cheap flight
Sign up for annual travel Insurance
A lot of budget airlines will try to add on insurance to your flight.
They are extremely overpriced and you’re better off buying it direct from a Travel Insurance company.
If you plan on travelling frequently or with Family, this is a much better option for you.
Annual cover starts from as little as £29 (Insure and go), some policies allow kids for free.
I also recommend talking to your bank as they offer insurance.
My Student account with HSBC offers a free two-year policy, so shop around.
Remain flexible and open minded
Flying budget is not a luxury, that’s why the price is normally cheaper than the bus fare to the airport.
It comes at a cost and you must keep this in mind to ensure you get that bargain price.
This means you might have to sleep rough to catch an early flight.
Travel that extra hour from the city centre and pack down to the minimum.
It’s not easy, you will have to ask yourself if the inconvenience is worth the cost.
Print out a Calendar and sharpen your pencil its schedule time.
Once you receive an alert for a promotion with an airline, read the conditions. The promotional flight is normally dedicated to a certain time slot or destination.
Write down the list of destinations featured in the promotion, then jot down the time and date restrictions (only Monday-Thursday flights for example) then print out a calendar of the months Available (only between March-June for example).
Then work out when you can fly with your own personal dates.
They’re not easy to find and they might not be available when you want to fly, have to remain flexible.
This is how they catch you out.
Lay the dates out onto the paper and check back and forth within the conditions and the booking database for the best deal that suits you.
It really is like fishing and does take a lot of time, but it’s one of the most effective techniques to get that budget flight.
The destinations, dates and times wont be ideal, but thats why they are on promotion, the airline wants to get rid of them.
If you’re not used to travelling light this is a great way to get started.
A lot of the budget airlines will charge you for checking in bags and this can really stack up the price of your flight.
You will get charged for check in fees and in some cases compulsory priority boarding.
You have to ask yourself, do I really need a large bag of items? In a lot of cases you really don’t.
If you want to go the extreme you could look at a ScottieVest (http://www.scottevest.com/) and don’t take any bags at all, but this is something I could see my Dad wearing on a hiking trip trying to re-enact a bear Grylls scene, you have been warned
What credit card to you use?
Some airlines charge you less or nothing at all for the type of credit/debit card you use, select all the options when paying by card and seek out the best deal that suits you.
The highest price might be the cheapest price, stick to the promotion
If you see a flight for £12 and a flight for £7 don’t think the £7 flight is the cheapest.
If it’s not part of the promotion, it might have extra fees such as tax or check in fee’S.
The promotional flight may not have tax or check in fees and would work out cheaper so do check all your options.
Pack a picnic
A lot of the budget airlines will happily sell you a slice of bread with some cheese On it for the same price you paid for the flight.
You can bring your own sandwich on the flight so why not? think ahead!
wouldn’t it be great to know that by following all the above tips you managed to get to a destination for a small percentage of the price? Just take this on board sit back with a good book and before you know it you’re there, sorted. Travelling cheaper couldn’t be easier.
Do you have some more Tips to add? Feel free to post below in the comment section: