We all want the best deals on Flights, yeah? Here are some tips to getting the cheapest flights in 2021
1. Book Early… But Not Too Early
The best time to book your flight is around 6–8 weeks before your departure, or around three months before if you are going to your destination during their peak season. use it as a guide. At the end of the day, saving a few bucks isn’t worth the hours and hours spent hunting for a deal. When you find a decent price, just book it. It may not be the rock-bottom fair you hoped, but it’s better than paying more when the price inevitably rises!
2. Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates and Times
The solution is to fly off-season. Search alternative dates so that you can capitalize on the best day. The more rigid your plans, the less likely it will be that you find a deal.
- It’s almost always cheaper to fly during the middle of the week than on a weekend because most people travel on the weekends and airlines hike their prices then.
- Prices are also cheaper if you fly after a major holiday
- Also, early-morning or late-night flights are cheaper because fewer people want to travel then (who wants to wake up early?!).
3. Search Ticket Prices for Individual Travelers
If you’re traveling with friends or family, don’t search for or buy multiple tickets in a single purchase. Airlines always show the highest ticket price in a group of tickets.
For example, You are a family of four, searching for four seats, the airline will find four seats together and show your fare based on the highest ticket price. So if seat A is N200,000 seats B and C are N250,000, and seat D is N300,000 it will price those tickets as N300,000 each.
So, always search for tickets as a single person. Then, in the checkout, you can pick your seats so you and your family are sitting together. And even if you end up not beside one another, that’s a fair trade for the saved money.
4.Be Flexible with Your Destinations
If you can’t be flexible about when you fly, at least be flexible with where you fly. It’s best to be both. Airline search engines have made it really easy to search the entire world to find the cheapest ticket. Websites like Skyscanner, Momondo, and Google Flights all allow you to easily compare multiple destinations without having to brainstorm every possible option. You’ll likely even find some interesting destinations you hadn’t even thought of either!
5. Take Advantage of Student Discounts
If you are a student (or under 26), there are many discounts available to you. You can usually find prices 20-30% off the standard fare. Travel agencies can help find you a cheap ticket. If you’re not sure which airlines offer discounts, visit their website or call them. Doing a little digging to save 20% (or more) will be worth it!
6. Keep an Eye for Special Deals
Before you start looking for specific lights, make sure you’ve signed up for some newsletters. Joining the mailing list for airlines and last-minute deal websites will give you access to the absolute best deals out there.
7. Don’t Always Fly Direct
Being flexible with the route you take is a way to get a cheap flight. For example, sometimes it’s cheaper to fly to London and take a budget airline to Paris than to fly direct to Paris from your departure city.
To use this method, find out how much it is to go directly to your destination. Then, open Google Flights and type in that destination’s continent to look at prices to nearby airports. If there’s a large price difference, I look to see how much it is to get from the second airport to my primary destination (either by budget flight or train, if it’s not too far)
Which of these have you learnt new today?