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How to Save on Airline Flights

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If you are planning your next trip, then you're probably looking for different ways to save as much as possible. For a budget trip, an excellent tip is to try and save money on airline flights. These are often one of the most expensive parts of a trip and there are many different ways to find cheaper options. So if you are interested in learning more about how to find cheap flights, then keep on reading the guide below!
 

Book Ahead of Time

One of the most essential tips for finding cheap flights is making sure that you book well in advance. As your travel dates become closer and closer, flights become increasingly more expensive, making you wish that you didn’t wait so long. 

It is generally advised to book flights 2-3 months in advance for a good deal. Although, if you are traveling during the peak season, you should probably plan on finding flights 5-6 months in advance. Yes, it is very early, but you can also always add insurance to the flight to ensure that you can make last minute changes or cancellations in case some unforeseen circumstances arise. 

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Use a Flight Tracker

There are many different applications and websites that can send you updates on flight prices for a specific route and/or dates. This is extremely helpful so that you don’t have to check every day as flights often fluctuate in prices. Prices are so variable because they are based on algorithms that reflect changes in demand and availability. Thus, if you want to be sure that you are getting the best deal, tracking flights is a convenient and readily available way to do just that.

 

Do Your Research

It is important to know what the average cost of a flight to your destination costs, especially at the specific time of year that you are traveling. If you take a look at flights and they seem quite expensive to you, it is important to know whether or not this is abnormal or if you should book it immediately, since they are actually lower than they normally are. There are again many online sources you can find to help you find this information such as Google Flights or even sites like FareCompare. 

In addition, it is a good idea to compare all the different airlines and routes to your destination. This will allow you to make an informed decision on which flight path is the most cost effective and aligns within your budget. 

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Use a VPN

Using a VPN to buy airline tickets at a lower price is definitely a less common strategy, but it is extremely effective. With a VPN, you can change your current location so that websites no longer collect your personal information and you will find that cheaper flights are available. This is because airline sites utilize your location and device data to calculate the prices you see and inflate those prices based on a number of factors including country and demand. Using a VPN hides this data and allows you to search prices from other locations to be sure that you are getting the best deal on your airline ticket. 

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Be Flexible

Being flexible is another very important factor for finding cheap airline tickets. This means being open to different travel dates, destinations and even airlines. If you decide to travel during the week vs the weekend for example, this can save you quite a bit of money. In addition, the airport you are flying from/to might have an impact on how pricey the ticket is, so consider checking all options before making a final decision. Also, direct flights tend to be more expensive than connecting flights, so if you are open to the connecting flight option, this will definitely help save you a few bucks. Lastly, consider mixing and matching airlines if you are not flying direct, as the shorter trips may be cheaper if booked independently. If you take these factors into account, then you will have an increased chance of finding better priced flights for your next adventure. 

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Ultimately, if you utilize these guidelines in your next search for an airline ticket, you’ll definitely enjoy your next vacation knowing that you utilized all possible resources to find the best deals on ticket prices. Feel free to check out our other travel tips here on the travelling souk! 

 

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