3 Ways To Find Bargain International Flights

Monday, November 20, 2017
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Holidays can be an expensive activity for most of us, especially if you’re wanting to go on a long-haul trip. With accommodation, spending money, activities, and travel all to take into account, the pennies can quickly add up.

So it’s little wonder that many people spend some time trying to score some good deals on the flights. But, with so many different airlines, endlessly fluctuating prices, and hundreds of flight comparison websites, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Here, we’ve found three of the top ways to save some money and find bargain international flights.

Use flight search engines

One of the easiest ways to find cheaper flights is to make use of the different flight search engines out there.

A lot of people miss out on cheaper flights purely because of the legwork involved in searching multiple airlines. Using these flight search engines can help you to easily browse the different options out there and identify the cheaper flights, letting you take advantage of the cheapest deals. Using sites such as flightlist.io makes searching for flights easy, and you can quickly look at different travel date ranges, carriers, and one-way flight options to easily determine the cheapest flight combinations for your trip, even if you are only traveling on a one-way ticket.

Similarly, lots of search engines offer an email alert like Skyscanner’s Price Alerts which notifies you when your chosen flights drop in price, or if they start to increase, so you can keep up to date.

However, different search engines show different airlines and don’t always show all the options available, so it’s worth checking out a few different sites.

Be flexible

Another great way to find cheap flights is to be a bit more flexible with your dates. Obviously, this won’t work for everyone, especially if you’re travelling with kids, but if you can afford a bit of leeway with your travel then you could end up saving some money.

We spoke to Globehunters, who we recent found had these fantastic cheap flights to Boston, who told us: “There are lots of theories out there that certain days are cheaper to fly on but in reality, there’s no hard and fast rule. Instead, it’s best to search for flights across a whole week or month so you can identify which dates are cheapest.”

You can also save some money by being a bit more flexible in terms of the airports you use. If you live within a reasonable difference of multiple airports, try opting for the smaller one or the one a bit further away which can pay off in the long run.

Book legs separately

Much like booking train tickets, getting separate tickets for each leg or booking single flights rather than return flights can work out a bit cheaper.

By booking separately, you can mix and match the different airlines depending on which ones offer cheaper tickets, and you can fly into and out of separate airports if they work out at different prices.

However, you need to be careful when booking things separately. If you don’t give yourself a long enough stopover, the other airline has no obligation to refund you or find you a different flight if you miss your connection.

This guide by Nomad Wallet offers some more advice on booking separate flights so it’s worth checking out if you’re considering breaking up your journey.

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