Although travel always tops everyone’s to-do list every year, only a fraction of people actually embarks on a travel journey. The rest postpones it for the next year because we don’t have money growing in our backyards. While there are several ways to cut costs while travelling, booking cheap flights sure helps cut out a chunk. Here we have listed seven ways to book cheapest flights.
Keep your searches a secret
You might think your mind is playing tricks on you when you see flight prices fluctuate every time you surf for prices on internet. Depending on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do hike up when a specific route is repeatedly searched, since the site wants to scare you from booking the flight quickly before prices hike even higher. That’s why, always surf for the prices in a incognito or private mode to see lowest prices.
Befriend economic airlines
Budget airlines offer drastically cheaper tickets than their full-service counterparts. However, it comes with different compromising situation like less leg room or no free food or free drink on board, which by the way, is already covered in your highly priced tickets with full-service airlines. However, if you want to book the cheapest flight, make sure to be adaptable, do your research, and know the airline’s requirements or restriction.
Search for airline loopholes
Although it doesn’t happen as much as we would like it to, airlines sometimes make mistakes when posting fare tickets, resulting in highly discounted flights. It can happen for several reasons – currency conversion confusions, technical errors, or human glitches. Although it may take some real effort to find the jackpot, if you’re in the know-how of where to crack airline error fares, you can save yourself some good amount of money on tickets.
Fly odd hours
Although not very convenient, travelling during unpopular hours like wee hours in the morning or night can save you some bucks. Book an early-morning or a late-night flight to get some discount on your flight tickets. Alternatively, you can also fly during unpopular weekdays like Tuesday and Wednesday to receive some cut-back on the cost.
24-hour test rule
After booking your flight, don’t forget to check next morning to see if the price of your airfare fell. If it did, you can call the airline to cancel the flight and often re-book another one sans penalty.
Make last-minute trips
It is well-known that airlines cut prices when they are unable to fill planes for an upcoming weekend trip. Mostly, on Tuesday, the airlines will email offers for the coming weekend or following one to fliers who have subscribed for alerts. Travelers can leave on Friday night or anytime during Saturday and return on Monday or Tuesday.
Surf Facebook and Twitter
As of late, many airlines have been experimenting with heavily discounted fare schemes through social networking sites. However, you will have to keep an eye out as the deals can be gone within hours. The trend of announcing special sales and deals exclusively on Facebook has been on rise as well.