Budget Air Fare
Prices for airfare have increased drastically over the past several years. Yet, finding a good deal is not impossible. Most major airlines have sales daily. Cheap flights or error flights can also be found on a number of sites.
If I am not getting sponsored for a trip, I tend to go through several channels to get the best rate. My favorite has always been Skyscanner.
I’ve been using Skyscanner for the longest time. Whether it is to find the cheapest rate for my next trip or just to goggle at potential destinations through their ‘Flexible’ option, the possibilities are endless. If you are flexible with your timing, there is also the option to select the cheapest month to travel.
You can download the Android app here or the IOS app here.
Rome2rio gives a glimpse of several possible routes to the final destination. Though their flight choices are limited when compared to Skyscanner’s, they do deliver a rather detailed public transportation profile with bus numbers, departure times and even photos for clarification.
Secret Flying is an awesome site with loads of discounts for destinations around the world. Their entire site focuses on error flights and cheap flight deals. While savings are incredible, choices are limited due to the nature of these deals. Error flights are generally fixed within a short time, so they may be gone when you log onto the actual site for purchases.
Even if you don’t use Couchsurfing for living arrangements, you can access the website just for local tips & advice. A discussion group I found extremely helpful when booking tickets is “Airlines (low-cost, budget, cheap flights)”
Aside from a list of useful websites, there are several other things to keep in mind when booking flight tickets:
- Put your browser in incognito mode (better yet, use VPN).
- Use a different currency when looking up flights. For example, when I used Indian rupees on one of the sites as opposed to CAD, the flight price dropped quite a bit.
- If you have a set destination and travel date, book 2-3 months prior to the trip.
- Sign up for newsletters and mailing lists.
- Sign up for a frequent flyer program- aeroplan, airmiles etc.
- Leverage transit flights. Use key search words on Google such as ‘transit flights, cheap, UK-CA’ etc to discover possible transit flights. This will not only give you the option to fly cheaper but may also provide short stops in cities of interest.
- Take advantage of airline deals. E.g: In an attempt to boost tourism, Icelandair provides a free seven-day layover in Iceland. As a result, I was able to stay for a few nights in this beautiful Scandinavian country en-route to Paris.
- Leverage package deals- groupons, livingsocial etc. Sometimes, guided tours can be cheaper than a roundtrip flight.
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