Life Hacks: How to find the cheapest flight
In the last twenty years, low cost companies such as Ryanair, Wizz Air, etc. have appeared in the world of tourism. These today allow us to travel throughout the Europe with very cheap flights (sometimes less than 10 euros!).
This article will advise you about the search for low cost flights and how to make your trips cheaper.
>> Here are our best tips for finding cheap flights:
1- Go directly to the company’s website
Often websites such as Tripadvisor and Rumbo are used for searching flights, comparing the prices and buying your ticket. What usually happens is that they put very attractive prices for the flights that seem very cheap, but when you have to pay by card there are many management expenses that increase the final price. So, in order to save money it is better to buy your ticket directly from the website of the company that is offering the flight. We advise you to search for your flight in a search engine like Skyscanner or Wichairline, and when you find a flight that you are interested in you should pay attention about the company that operates the flight. Knowing this you can connect directly to the company's website (Ryanair, Wizz Air, EasyJet...) and buy your flight ticket there.
2- Purchasing in advance: a myth?
You have probably heard many times from people that the longer you wait to buy your ticket the more expensive it gets. In reality things are a little bit more complicated than that. Each company has its own algorithm to calculate the ticket prices according to their demand. What is actually true is that the most companies usually lower the prices for upcoming flights.
That is why the most of the articles you can read advise you to book your low cost flights about three months in advance.
3- Login by opening a new incognito tab
What you have to know is that nowadays there is the phenomenon of IP tracking. This practice consists in the registration of your IP by the website of the company that operates the flight you are looking at. This way they control your visits on the website and they know which flight are you interested about. Knowing this, flight prices increase automatically each time you connect. So, if you want to look at the prices, it is better to connect to the web by opening an incognito tab, as in this way the company can not follow your IP.
You can save money by traveling alone with a carry-on bag. This way you get the cheaper price of the ticket because you do not have to check in a suitcase. You only have to learn to choose and organize your things so that they fit perfectly in your carry-on luggage!
5- Try to be flexible with your dates
What we know for sure is that flights are more expensive from Friday to Monday, because of the weekend trips you avoid losing your work days. If you have flexible hours or if you have the opportunity to travel during the week, do it, because the tickets will be cheaper. For example, a trip from Tuesday to Friday allows you to save money and travel much cheaper.
6- Consider flying to alternate airports
What you need to know is that sometimes a stopover allows you to save money. Many times you will find direct flights but very expensive. With this flight combination technique you can save money by making a stopover. For example, we assume that you are interested in a flight from Madrid to Prague but it is too expensive. Well, using a website like Whichairlines you can find connections from flights that allow you to make a stopover at a low cost airport and thus buy cheaper tickets. With this example of Madrid-Prague you can find a flight Madrid-London and London-Prague, and thanks to this stopover travel becomes cheaper. Do not hesitate to take a look, if you're lucky it will pay off a lot.
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