How to book a flight like a PRO and TRAVEL the world in style, with my simple 5 step by step insight tips….
Let’s face it, we all want to have the most luxurious facilities and pay the lowest price possible. In reality, there is a saying, “you get what you pay for.” When it comes to Flights, you have to know these little tricks.
When searching for flights use sites like Kiwi.com. This sights give you a comparison of different airlines, duration of flights and the cost.
During your search make sure you are in private browsing mode as the cookies in your browser increase the prices if you search the same flight, again and again, this is a trick to get you to book quickly. Remember flights never get discounted closer to departure time. The earlier you book, the better the deal.
1) Always be flexible with your dates
There is a myth flying on Tuesday is cheaper than the other days. Personally, I have found flights less expensive on the weekend than the weekdays. What I do during my search is I, get prices for the whole week before and after the date I want to fly. This will give you an excellent comparison rate. Or you can get a quick visual for the whole month to get the best deal.
2) Do not fly to big/high demand airports.
Flying into big/high demand airports are more expensive. The best way to see how you can save is by visiting kiwi.com. Enter your departure city (NOT AIRPORT) and arrival city (NOT AIRPORT), Then select your date range for your flight and hit search. A list of options will allow you to pick the trip and price best suits you.
I am a big believer in experiencing hidden cities or towns by taking the road less traveled.
3) Sign up for frequent flyer programmes
With the cheap flights on budget airlines, do keep in mind, you are going to get what you paid for. No leg room, No free food, No entertainment, No check-in Luggage, flights can get delayed or canceled, etc.
If you are a budget traveler, I believe the best budget airline/s in
Europe or UK is Vueling
Canada and USA is Porter
Asia and India are Jetstar or Air Asia
New Zealand and Australia are Air New Zealand and Jetstar.
Jetstar is part of Qantas frequent flyer programme. You might consider joining this.
If you love luxury flights and want to treat yourself to something nice, like I do now an then, I use Emirates. Emirates have its own frequent flyer programme.
4) Travel time (Layover/s)
When you are on a long-haul flight, which involves transfers and connections, remember you have few options when it comes to the amount of time you want for a layover. If you pick a long layover it can mean one of two things; you can see a new destination. Say for example you are flying from Australia to Paris. You have a connection in Dubai. You can visit Dubai, or you can get shorter layover time. My preference is 3 to 5 hours layover at any airport. Anything more then that is wasting time. If your layover is long and you have no intention of getting out of the airport, this can be expensive. You will have to spend money on airport hotel, food, drinks, etc.
5) Use your frequent flyer points
Most frequent flyer programmes give you extra ways to earn more points, you get the air miles by flying with the airline for sure, you can also add a credit card which can be a gold mind if used wisely and smart. Use your air points every chance you get. Do not keep on collecting them. You can use them for flights, accommodation, car rentals, tours, etc. Also look into what other partners your frequent flyer has, you can get more points on tours, car rentals, currency exchange, etc
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These are excellent tips! I’m currently doing some research on my 6-month long SE Asia backpacking trip, so I’m glad I found your post now! I’m familiar with kiwi search engine but haven’t really used it a whole lot, I do love that it shows prices per airport in a more detailed way than other engines.
Who doesn’t love a good travel deal? I’m also a fan of an airport layover so that helps!
Great tips here, especially when booking online through a private search mode. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂
Great tips! Will use them next trip!
This list is very much helpful! I will take these down on my notes so I won’t forget them . 🙂
I literally used all your points to book a flight two days ago and it was the cheapest flight I’ve purchased in a looooong Time! I think my biggest savior was being flexible. Seriously, flying out a day later would’ve been an extra $55. It’s such a game.
excellent and Nice and good travel deals
These tips are so practical and useful. It’s so easier now to book flights like a pro and have a better budget travel experience. 🙂
Awesome tips since flights can be so tricky and predictable ? Thanks for sharing?