How to find cheap airline tickets

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Quite often you’ll find that your flights will be the most expensive part of your travel budget, and that’s especially true if you are flying long distances or to somewhere quite exotic. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure you get the best possible flight prices.

Check every option

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First, start by checking your options thoroughly. Having a very specific window for travel will be a hindrance to finding cheap tickets, so try your best to leave your options open and check prices on as many travel sites as possible. Use sites like Skyscanner (and other similar ones) to check which days and times are the cheapest to fly, and then plan from there. You will also do well to check whether it’s cheaper to book directly through the airline compared to booking your flight on a travel site.

Another good tip is to do all your travel surfing incognito. That way your searches won’t be stored, and the sites won’t have the opportunity to raise prices based on your previous activity. Another good way to save money is to be a little flexible in terms of where you’re flying to or from. You can save good money on flying to a different airport than the one you originally planned on, so make sure you research this thoroughly.

Use the help you can get

You’ll also do well to get yourself started by establishing accounts so that you can receive travel points that are offered by the different airlines. The more you fly, the more you’ll save, and this is a great way to get the most out of your travels. Some airlines also offer deals on rental cars as well as accommodation.

You can also consider using a travel agent, as this in some cases might actually be your cheapest option. However, be sure to first do as much research as you can, so that you’re absolutely sure whether the agent will actually be able to get you a better deal. Another advantage of using an agent for your flight is that you might also be able to get much needed help with other transportation, such as buses or trains, in the country you are travelling to.

Remember, it’s often a good idea to book as soon as possible, so make sure you start planning early. The only exception to this is if you’re willing to wait until the very last minute in order to snatch up the last minute deals.

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