I’m frequently asked, how do you find cheap flights on the internet?
Flight tickets are normally the most expensive part of your trip and cheap flights can lead to a path of affordable travel.
, Finding Cheap Flights is just like Fishing
Grab a coffee and prepare to activate your flight searching skills on the internet.
It’s a time consuming process, but this is the method I use to locate cheap flights.
This is how you should look at it: I once put in two hours of flight searching on the internet to find cheap flights, I was able to reduce my flight price by £198 within that period of time.
To earn £200 would take time, spending 2 hours to locate cheap flights was totally worth it.
If you want to find cheap flights, be prepared to put in the time. The more you look the more possibilities arise.
Step 1: Sign up to there Email list, join their Facebook group and follow them on twitter.
Airlines will issue sale promotions,
There are a number of reasons for this, such as: Low season, not enough passengers on seats, new route opened or just a publicity stunt to boost sales.
The best way to find deals before anyone else is by becoming a member of their email list.
By joining an airlines email list you will find out about all the promotions first before anyone else.
Airlines sale promotions are very limited, get out a pen and a calendar and work out how to find them before anyone else does.
A lot of it will be spam.
Hundreds of airlines will email you, scan what looks good and deleted the rest.
The downside to getting cheap flights is being bombarded by emails, but not every offer will be appealing to you (price point, destination) but it takes 0.03 seconds to read a title of an email and press delete. It’s a small price to pay to find cheap flights.
Once you’ve found ana airlines promotional sale that looks good, grab a pen and go to the offer page.
Step 2: Check the terms and conditions on the airlines website.
Every offer will have its own terms and conditions,
Work out how much time you have to book the deal, Time is important you want to make sure you book your flight before the deadline.
Write down the dates you can travel (normally they won’t include public holidays) along with the destination in your price bracket that interested you.
Within the terms and conditions your unearthing clues to help you best find cheap flights, such as dates and routes that are not included in the sale, this will make the search easier by cutting out areas that are not worth looking.
Step 3: Start searching
Now the long, boring part lets start fishing.
Search the destination you want to go to along with the first date possible with the offer.
One way only (Yes, you have to do this twice), you will need patience to seek rewards.
Then one by one, click next jotting down the cheapest flights on paper with the date until you have come to the last date that the offer specifies.
With some airlines its as easy as just looking at the monthly overview, whilst others make you crawl through 3 dates at a time, its hit and miss.
Then repeat this for the return leg.
Step 4: Be careful of added extras.
Now the next part is easy, Just say No.
• No to reserved seats
• No to Baggage
• No to priority boarding
• No to insurance
• No to credit card fees
• No to car Hire
All the above areas are areas the airlines can grab extra cash, just say no.
In most cases, baggage is not needed. I travelled for many years with just hand luggage, its most possible.
Watch out for credit card payment as some airlines will charge a type of card, but others free, try them all out and see what works for the lowest fee to save cash.
Insurance should not be purchased from an airline. Work out how often you travel and see if annual insurance cover or one trip policy will best suit you.
Priority boarding and reserved seats, forget it. Treat airlines like buses, you’re getting from one point to another, save the money instead.
Step 5: Book your flight
In front of you after this process should be a calendar mapped out with all the promotional prices for the routes your interested in.
Keep in mind that it’s a sale, so it’s limited to space and time, so you will need to be quick to make a decision.
Now using the piece of paper work out what dates and times suit you according to the deals available.
If nothing fits try the next route and then try again and again until something fits.
Trends you might stumble across might include, very early or late flights, consider sleeping at the airport. Flying Thursdays come back Mondays, be prepared to travel, weekend days if have to.
By the end of it all you should have a rough idea of where the deals are located on the flights website.
If you followed the steps correctly, you should have located yourself the best possible sale price in the promotion, providing you are quick to react after getting the email.
See, it is like fishing you just have to give it the time to seek rewards.
But it’s too much work!
The airlines are no stupid and they won’t just give you what you want,
Once you’ve built a personal system like above that works, it can be a lot of fun.
Using the above technique I’ve booked flights from 1p around Europe, flew to Singapore for as little as £189.
There you go, now you know my secret, I hope it works out for you as well.
Do you have any tips to finding cheap flights? Feel free to post below in the comment section.