Cheap flight deals. We’ve all searched for them at some point in our lives. Millennials want to travel to the world’s most beautiful destinations but we definitely don’t want to break the bank while doing it!
A lot of us are actively on the lookout for cheap flight deals: whether they are planned or last minute. In recent years, day trips have become more and more common. Exploring a new city in a short amount of time has never been more appealing. Anyway, who says that you have to spend days in a beautiful destination in order to get the most of your experiences as a traveller? Don’t be afraid to see the world on your own terms.
No matter what you may be looking for when you decide to book a flight, there are so many tips and hacks available. These are the little things that the travel agencies don’t want you to know and that can save you a whole lot of ££. I’ve teamed up with a host of travel and lifestyle bloggers who have shared their tips for finding cheap flights. Expect some well served travel-tea including the best days of the week to book, going incognito, mailing lists and the perks of booking directly with airlines. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I have putting it together and please feel free to share how you search for cheap flights by leaving a comment below.
Lucy at LucyEarnshaw.co.uk – If you want extra leg room without the extra cost and aren’t fussed about sitting with someone then always check in closer to your flight time. Airlines will always fill up standard seats first so by waiting until later – most seats are assigned and you might get that better seat!
Samantha at Griff Blog – My tip is sign up to Jack’s Flight Club. They send regular emails with cheap deals on flights to destinations all over the world, from airports across the UK. It’s free to join, or they also have a paid Premium membership option where you’ll receive even more deals.
Jenny Grainger at Chilling With Lucas – Sign up to places such as Scott’s Cheap Flights to get emails of cheap flights found from your specified airport.
Pulped Travel – Book direct with an airline, where you can. Many (not all) of the click through’s on sites like Skyscanner and Expedia take you to, what is known as, ‘bucket shop’ flight agents who are given a quota of tickets to sell. They can often make the price look lower than the airline itself, but a few days before you fly may call you up to ask for the rest of the payment (ie. some taxes that weren’t quoted in the original price). You are then left with two choices very close to the date of your flight: either pay them or don’t pay them and don’t fly! If you are insisting on using one of these agents read their reviews on respected sites such as TrustPilot before you book.
Melis at Melis Living – Make sure your browser is on ‘incognito’ or ‘private mode’ before searching as this will stop price rises when the algorithm sees that you’re interested in a certain route. Google flight calendar and Sky Scanner are great to find deals but don’t forget to double check package holidays as well as you may be surprised what you can save!
Keiran at Keiran Crying – Be willing to put the work in for yourself and shop around. I would recommend flight search engines such as Sky Scanner. These apps lay out your options and you can compromise in real time, depending on budget and your dates. It is easy to see visually how some slight tweaking of times and dates can save bucket loads of money, as it uses a live calendar colour coded system. Simple.
Sarah at The S Road – Check airlines for any offers they may have via newsletters. I googled “jet2 offers” before booking a flight with them and joined their mailing list. I was able to get half price ski carriage (saving £60 on a return flight) by using a code from their email and now often get discounts sent to me.
Laura at Laura Kate Lucas – I shop around and do plenty of research first. Buying everything separately usually ends up being cheaper in my opinion! You can also extend your trip or visit somewhere new by flying to a different location where flights may then be cheaper to your final destination. I also always travel as light as possible to avoid any extra charges at the airport.
Claire at Daily Deals Blog – Flights are always at their cheapest when the flights are newly released, and not a lot of seats have been purchased. If you can book a year in advance you will save as much as 50%. Set up flight alerts via Skyscanner and as soon as a new plane comes available which is departing to your required destination, grab your seats!
Emma at Bee Money Savvy – The price of flights can differ drastically when comparing the month, day and even time of your desired travel. Do your research, compare, and be willing to be flexible on your travel dates. Hump day (Wednesday) is when we’re most likely to book a getaway to cheer ourselves up but Sunday is actually the best day to find cheap travel.
Alba at Nalba Travels – I always use Skyscanner and utilize their “everywhere” option as a destination – I keep it flexible with where I travel to so I choose based on price!
Steph at Stephanie Weller – When looking at flights with a specific airline, use their apps! For example, BA on their actual website advertise the price as each way, but in the app will advertise the return price. Also, don’t book too early as the prices are actually highest when flights are first released.
Tracy at Mind Over Money Matters – Air Miles all the way. Return to Cyprus peak with BA £500. We paid £35 plus Air Miles which were earned free with normal spending.
Vicki at Mumma And Her Monsters – You can get cheaper flights if you book a night time flight and also apparently if you browse incognito they can be cheaper too (saw this on lifehacks1000)
Sian at Little Miss Frugal – I’m a huge fan of using secretflying.com for finding cheap flights for when l have holiday time. If you’re flexible with your dates and destinations then this is a great way to explore the world for less. The site is updated daily with flight offers and error fares which means you can grab a bargain!
Kellie at Prize Warriors – If you are willing to fly on national holidays such as Christmas day, Easter and NYE, you can often save a huge amounts on your flights. Also travel days can have a big impact on costs. Because of the way holidays are generally booked Mon-Sun or Sat-Fri, flying on days which are not a common day to begin a holiday is usually much cheaper. I have always found Tuesdays and Sundays to be the cheapest.
Becca at Always Carry On – Managed to bag herself return flights to Canada for just £88. She said: “Holiday Pirates is my go to website for all things travel, especially flights. I subscribe to the site’s Whatsapp alerts and have the app on my phone, so get notifications whenever it posts a new deal that matches my profile (ie, solo travel and cheap flights). One Sunday I got a Whatsapp message with a link to an error fare for flights from Paris to Montreal – I clicked through and booked straightaway, just £87.50 return. If you’re flexible and don’t mind where you’re going, this option is great!”
I hope you found all the tips that were mentioned helpful. Here are a few of mine:
- Tuesday’s are the best day to travel as flights tend to be a lot cheaper
- Deleting your cookies is so important when searching for cheap flights. If you are revisiting the same airline or third party seller over and over again, the prices will increase dramatically.
- For those of you who have a limited budget when you travel, travelling a few days after payday is recommended. I feel like this option encourages you to be more responsible with your money as nobody wants to go on holiday and come back broke).
- As the other lovely bloggers have mentioned, Skyscanner is a God send.
- Again, I’m repeating another point about research: adopt a realistic approach to travel and the hunt for flights. Do you really need to visit certain destinations when they are busy? European cities in particular tend to be quieter as the end of the year approaches (and you’re still fairly likely to be on the receiving end of some good weather).
- If you are planning a beach holiday, then you’ll need to buy some essentials ahead of time. This hammock from HammockGiant is perfect for those lazy days when you want to spend time in the sun and admire the beautiful sea.
- Lastly, for those of you who fly from Stansted, Gatwick or Luton, try to buy your train tickets in advance, you’ll definitely save some £.
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