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HOW TO FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

October 14, 2018

 

Deciding and booking onto the right flight can be daunting. 

 

But with flights being cheaper than ever, you will be sure to find a bargain. 

 

I have every faith you will be able to find the cheapest flights for your adventure on your own after reading this page. Let me help you find the best flights and build your confidence on knowing you're booking the right  flight for you.

 

Lets look further at finding cheap airfare. Below I've listed how to save money on flights and helpful advice you can carry out easily on your own! 

 

 

 

Round the World Flights 

 

A Round the World Ticket (RTW) is a package of long haul / international flights to different destinations pre-booked before your trip. You will be flying with the same airline including any of their partner airlines. Many different routes can be priced and you can choose as many stops as you would like with a RTW flight builder site (The last stop must be back to the country you started in)

An example: LONDON - BANGKOK - KUALA LUMPUR - BALI - SINGAPORE - AUSTRALIA - NEW ZEALAND - LONDON

It costs less than booking each flight individually and everywhere is already booked and paid for before your flight - you know where you're going and when!

Head to http://www.roundtheworldflights.com/ to get started. 

The downside? Your RTW ticket must be completed within a year. Of course there's nothing stopping you missing your flight home and staying at the last destination longer and booking a return flight later! Also, everything is planned. It's best to travel without a plan. 

 

 

 

Split Flights

 

By this I don't mean splitting the cost with someone else! 

Split the flight up by stopping overnight at your connection, a longer connection could mean a cheaper ticket. Flying direct is more convenient but much more expensive. Tickets can be cheaper if there is more than one stop over. 

 

 

 

Split Tickets

 

By this I mean search for tickets going to your desired destination but from the cheapest city --- then make your own way to said city through a budget airline (or other means of transport) 

Your route could consist of multiple tickets booked with different airlines but if planned correctly, it can be carried out successfully at a very effective cost! 

This is perfectly easy to search for through Skyscanner by typing in the country's name you will be flying from. The site will list how much it will cost to fly from each city within your chosen country to your desired destination. Then -- in a different search, look up the cheapest way to get to the city it's cheapest to fly from. It lets you search prices from various cities in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia or New Zealand, to name a few! 

 

 

 

Collect Reward Points & Air Miles

 

Once you start travelling and seeing the world --- chances are you will become addicted (like me) and never stop! Which means you're going to be taking a lot of flights and staying in a lot of hotels. So you should really prepare yourself now and begin collecting points and miles from the first chance you get. 

It means at some point along your journey, you could have accumulated enough for free flights and hotel rooms! 

Air miles can be collected by signing up for credit cards that lets you earn miles while you spend. Also earn by signing up for the frequent flyer miles programs offered by different airlines. Sign up to multiple airlines to take advantage of this bonus. 

Create accounts with hotel chains and hotel comparison sites to collect points every time you use them. 

During my first backpacking trip, I only ever used Agoda to book accommodation. I had earned so much points with them that the cost of accommodation during my following trip to India could have been completely paid for. However, I didn't realise I had to use the points by a certain date and lost them all! Don't make the same mistake I did. While collecting both hotel points and air miles --- read the small print! 

 

 

 

Be Flexible with Dates and Times. 
 

While searching for flights, you must explore all options. Check out the same flight but days, weeks and months before or after the original date in your mind. See for yourself how the price differs. On Skyscanner, there is an option to look up a flight price by the month. It will create an average price for every month and show you simultaneously so you can compare and really see the difference. 

Every country has a high season where the flights are increased so dramatically. Try checking for flights during their shoulder or low season to save £££'s. If your trip has to take place during high season, booking in advance makes a huge difference. You shouldn't wait to book these particular long haul flights completely last minute, usually around 2 months prior is a good cut off point.

Plus flying at weekends is going to cost you more than flying during the week. 

You may notice while searching, especially with budget airlines, flying early in the morning or really late at night is a lot cheaper than flying during other times of the day. This is because these are the flights hardest to fill as people don't want to travel at inconvenient times. Save money by getting up early and catching that first flight! 

If you're about to set off backpacking -- chances are you have time to play with and won't have planned your trip to an inch of it's life. This means you can be very flexible with dates! 

 

 

Check Flights to Neighbouring Countries / Cities 
 

While we're being flexible with times and dates ---- being flexible with the destination helps too! 
If the destination you're heading to is looking expensive then check out flights to countries or cities nearby and make your own way there! 

For example, flights to Thailand could be cheaper than flights to Cambodia. Or flying to Mexico could be cheaper than flying to Belize --- depending on where you're flying from! Be creative with your searches and cut down the price by thinking ahead. Make your own way to your desired location in your own time by flying budget or entering through the border. 

 

 

 

Use Flight Comparison Sites
 

You will find the cheapest deals fast by comparing flights with the likes of Skyscanner and