Nowadays, booking the cheapest flights to any given destination is a difficult task. That is because we have to go through repeated and tiresome searching using different search engines and continually fluctuating prices when trying to book a cheap flight. On this piece, we will discuss some point that will save your time, money and eliminate frustration when trying to book your next flight. Below we present three crucial tips on how to find cheap flights:
1. Keep your searches top secret
In Safari or Google Chrome, incognito is enabled by hitting Command (or “Control” if using PC), Shift, “N.” Hit Command, Shift, “P” for Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. That will start a new browser window where your information is not tracked, thus not inflating prices as you search. Note: if you are using an old-fashioned version of OS X, open Safari then click “Safari” in the menu bar, and select “Private Browsing.”
Cookies are reset each time you re-open an incognito window. Therefore, if you want to start with a clean slate for each flight searches (so your previous searches aren't “remembered,” potentially inflating costs), close all your incognito windows, open a new one and then perform your flight search.
2. Spend less when you book connecting flight yourself
If you are flying some place that involves a transfer, say from Toronto to Australia, which typically involves Toronto to Los Angeles, then Los Angeles to Australia. We estimate that it may be cheaper to book these two legs separately on your own by adding another destination to your trip. Do not schedule layovers that are hours apart! That approach is for those who want to create a new destination of a few days or more, before catching their next flight. The one exception is when booking with Kiwi.com, who offers a guarantee on making connecting flights even when not with the same partner airlines.
First, make sure you research if budget airlines are unique to the country you are flying out of and where you are headed? Booking with an Australian budget airline (Jetstar) from Sydney to Victoria, then an American one from Victoria to Montreal can save you over $500 when flying back from Australia to Canada. AirWander and Kiwi.com are both a great search engine for revealing cheaper routes like this that involve multiple airlines.
3. Check if it is cheaper to pay in other currencies
Another helpful tip is to consider if the rate is less expensive if paid in another currency. Most times, budget airlines will make sure you pay in the currency of the country you are departing from, but this is not always the case. An essential note when doing this: make sure you are using a credit card that is free of foreign transaction fees. Otherwise, your attempts to save money by doing this will be lost!