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6 secrets to finding the cheapest flights

Times are tough for travellers. As the world prepares to reopen in 2021, we’re here to get you dreaming and planning your next adventure, whether it’s a home vacation (or staycation) or a flight to undiscovered horizons. Until then, here are the latest travel tips to keep you informed and ready to go.

Are you looking for cheap flights to fly to your next destination? The first thing to do is to use a flight comparator like Skyscanner. Then, to succeed in finding the cheapest flights, there are several tips.

After reading this article, you will know our six secrets, tested and approved by seasoned travelers, to save on the price of your plane tickets.

Secret 1: Do Your Research Using Private Browsing

Airline and tour operator sites use cookies, files that record your information and browsing habits. So they detect when you search for the same flight route multiple times, and they raise prices to entice you into action and make you pay more. To avoid this, and find the cheapest flights, consider clearing your cache, history and cookies in the browser settings. Then, use private browsing to avoid cookies. This way, the prices should no longer increase during your searches.

Secret 2: be flexible to find the cheapest flights

The best part about buying cheap plane tickets is to be flexible. Flexible in your travel dates and in the choice of your destination. Flight comparators such as Skyscanner allow you to do your research using the ‘Anywhere’ and ‘All Month’ feature to find the cheapest destinations and dates to travel. All you have to do is enter the name of your departure airport and write “Everywhere” in the destination box (or click on the small thumbnail that appears and asks you “Don’t know where to go?”). This will give you the list of available destinations in order of price.

You can also check good deals sites, such as Secret Flying and Voyages Pirates, which list price errors, special offers or last-minute promotions.
Even if it is sometimes difficult to take your holidays as you wish, flexibility is the key to paying for your cheaper flights.

Secret 3: Create price alerts and sign up for airline newsletters

The best way to not miss a good price is to be on the lookout. In order not to miss a good deal, create price alerts on the flights that interest you directly on your flight comparator. Thus, you will be notified in real time as soon as a price increases or decreases.

Another tip for finding cheap flights: subscribe to the newsletters of your favorite airlines. So you’ll receive the latest flight promotions, last-minute offers or even new discounted itineraries, all without lifting a finger. You will also be informed if certain flights still have many empty seats, and that prices drop on these. A good way to get a cheap plane ticket.

Secret 4: Buy one-way tickets and choose stopover flights

This is not always the case, but sometimes buying round-trip flights can be more expensive than buying two one-way flights from different airlines. For example, you can fly from Paris to Edinburgh with Ryanair on a cheap one-way flight and then book a return flight with easyJet. This method also gives you more flexibility, because you can return whenever you want or even land on the return trip at another airport than your departure airport (potentially cheaper).

Likewise, if you are not pressed for time, it is sometimes more advantageous to take flights with stopovers rather than direct flights, even if it may seem counter-intuitive. To be sure, use a flight comparator and take the test. You will see that it is possible to get a cheap flight this way.

Secret 5: Try alternate routes

To pay for your cheaper plane tickets, you sometimes have to be flexible on the travel itinerary and organize your own stopovers. When you have a stopover to reach your destination, choose the big hubs, that is to say the central air platforms which concentrate a large part of the world’s air traffic. Among the largest hubs in the world, there are notably Atlanta and Los Angeles in the United States, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Tokyo in Japan, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and London in the United Kingdom.

For example, to get to Bali from Paris, why not go through Kuala Lumpur where the low cost company AirAsia takes off. So, instead of looking for a Paris – Bali flight, first look for Paris – Kuala Lumpur, then Kuala Lumpur – Bali. There is a good chance that you will save money on the price of your plane tickets. And if you have time, why not take the opportunity to stay a few days in Kuala Lumpur and visit the city.

Find the cheapest flight and get ready to travel!

Secret 6: Avoid booking your flights on weekends

When you want to buy your plane tickets, avoid doing it on weekends because everyone does the same. Demand is therefore higher and prices are soaring. Even if there is no official rule, you will have more chance to find the cheapest flights by booking preferably on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. On the same principle, wake up at dawn to book your cheap plane tickets (around 5 a.m.) and avoid doing so in the evening, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The months of January, February and September are also the best months for bargains because few people travel at these times of the year. Also favor departures on weekdays. In any case, use common sense and avoid traveling during high season (July and August) and school holidays as much as possible to spend less.

We are still in a period of global health crisis. It is therefore advisable to check local guidelines and follow the sanitary measures in force before booking a trip. We still advise you to favor flexible reservations and find out about travel insurance.

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