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8 things you should be doing to find cheap flights

Eight things you should be doing to find cheap flights

Flights are expensive. Most of the time, your airfare is the most expensive part of your trip. It sucks when you realize your intended destination is $1500. But, there are several things you can do to find cheap flights and save some money. I touched on two of these things in previous posts: Part 1 and Part 2. There is actually a few more things you can do to find cheap flights and get the most out of your money, and I am about to share them with you.

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1) Don’t fly direct

Flying direct can sometimes cost you way more money. For some added inconvenience (let’s be honest here layovers are never fun) you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in savings.

2) Be open minded about your destination

I covered this in my part 1 post about saving money when flying (which you can find here), but the takeaway is that if you keep an open mind about where you want to go instead of picking a particular location, you can select the cheapest option and save a lot of money.

3) Fly with a budget airline

More and more companies are going the budget route which gives you significant savings by removing some of the fancier comforts. When you’re looking for flights, don’t overlook these budget airlines as they can be serious money savers. If you can go without food on your flight and lose a bit of leg room but save $500 in the process – it’s worth it!

*For example, Ryanair and Easy Jet in Europe or WOW Air which has departures from US & Canada.

4) Don’t fall for the gimmicks of cheap flight searching

Don’t be fooled by the people who say that looking for flights on incognito mode will make it more affordable – there is zero proof of that. As a general rule, flights are not cheaper on Tuesdays so don’t bother waiting for that mythical cheap Tuesday to arrive. Airlines want to make money, so they will switch it up constantly.

5) Be open minded about your travel dates

I talked about this in a previous post, and it’s crucial. Before picking dates for your travels, look up different times to see where you can save a few dollars. If you’re not locked into specific vacation days, you should be looking at your options before deciding on when you’re going.

6) Use multiple tools to do your research

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT only look at one website to find your flights. Shop around, look at various websites, and find the best deals. My go to is Google Flights, but I also look at airline websites like Momondo, Flight Network, Sky Scanner, and sometimes more. You never know what you might find.

7) Use Ebates

This is a tool that I only starting using a few months ago, but it’s pretty impressive; I wish I had started earlier. Ebates is a website that gives you cashback on your online purchases! They are teamed up with so many companies who give them a percentage for sending them customers; Ebates splits that money with you as a thank you for using their service. I have the Google Chrome add-on so anytime I’m doing online shopping, and they have a deal with that retailer it lets me know! You can obviously use it for anything (not just travel-related), but the bigger purchases naturally yield a greater return. It’s not a TON of money so don’t go expecting $100 cheques every week, but it’s pretty much free money just for buying stuff, so it’s worth signing up. I put the money I get back from Ebates into my travel account, so it’s just a little extra help.

8) Get a credit card that offers travel points 

If you already have a credit card and you’re not getting travel points, you should change your card. If you’re making purchases with a debit card, you should think about switching to a credit card. Most cards worth getting have some kind of fee, but it’s totally worth it in the end. I got a last minute (like 3 or 4 days with no room for wiggle room) round trip ticket from Montreal to Honolulu in February, and it cost me a big fat $0. I had enough points (and then some) to not worry about the cost and just enjoy myself. I got these points simply by making my regular purchases on my credit card and reaping the benefits with no change in my habits.

Use these eight tips, and I guarantee you’ll find cheap flights!

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download my FREE cheat sheet to remember all these eight tips when you want to find some cheap flights!

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PKat.

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Tip Series: Another money saving tactic when flying!

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Hi, everyone!

MY EXAMS ARE DONE! I am finally free… until May 9th when I start two new courses at least, haha! Now I have some free time to work on the blog and plan my next trip!

So, I’ve decided to start a ‘tip series’ section of the blog. Each time I post tips or tricks with regards to travel, I will put tip series in the title. This will make it easy for you readers to see right away that there is some useful advice in the post and it will be an easier way to archive/look through old posts.

So, I posted a couple of weeks ago about being open-minded when planning a trip to find the best deals. This post if sort of a continuation of my previous one. If you combine both of these tricks together, I guarantee you can save a ton of money.

Living in Ottawa, I am suuuuper lucky because I have three major airports within relatively short driving distance. I have the Ottawa airport which is literally in my backyard, I have the Montreal airport less than 2 hours away, and I have the Toronto airport a bit further. For anyone in the same situation as me, that have multiple airports in close proximity: you’re sitting on a ton of savings!

How does having multiple airports access give you savings you ask?

It’s actually quite simple! You can look at the price differences between various airports and find the cheapest option. I’ve had flights leaving Ottawa and stopping in Montreal on a layover be cheaper than the flight leaving from Montreal. How does that make sense? IT DOESN’T! But it’s great news for you and your bank account (happy dance for extra savings!!!).

If you recall in my previous article, which you can find here, I mentioned using Google Flights as an excellent way to look for flights all over the world. Combine that with switching departure airports as well, and you’re laughing at all the savings you can be achieving. Look at the difference:

I did a search departing from Ottawa airport to a few cities in Europe. Here is the price breakdown:

London: $800
Amsterdam: $1280
Paris: $1135
Brussels: $1181

Then I did a new search, but I changed my departing airport to Montreal. I kept the same dates and location, and my price breakdown was as follows (look at all those savings!):

London: $803
Amsterdam: $1110
Paris: $884
Brussels: $1076

As you can see, London is the only one that varies slightly; everything else has pretty significant savings.

This is pure gold, people!

I can’t stress this enough. Imagine if every time you flew, you saved $100 or more on a flight. That’s some pretty significant money you can put elsewhere during your trip!

If you have the option of going to various airports, I would definitely use it. Sometimes, the cost of taking a bus or a train to another airport will still be much cheaper than going from your local airport. Especially if your airport isn’t as big of a hub as others that are a bit further. Now get out there and start saving some money!

Happy hunting.

Don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments below!

PKat.

 

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A great way to save hundreds of dollars on your next flight

Would you like to save hundreds of dollars on your next travel adventure?

Here is a tip I use regularly that will do just that! However, this tip isn’t for everyone; you need to be willing to ‘go with the flow’ a little bit.

What if instead of deciding on a particular place you want to see you just left your options open? I’ve found that when I shop around for flights with no destination in mind, I can find the best deals. If you’re dead set on going to a specific place, you could be missing out on some incredible savings in another location. Especially when it comes to Europe, prices per city and/or country can vary significantly which means that it can be extremely beneficial to leave your options open.

Here is what I do:

1) I decide on a date range that I would like to take my trip in 

This enables me to find the cheapest deals within a date range to maximize my savings. I don’t specify exact dates but look at prices for an entire month or a few weeks at a time.
For example: If I want to go somewhere for approximately two weeks in the month of May, I will look at prices for the entire month, not only for a particular two-week period and find the most cost effective days to depart and return.

2) I don’t pick a specific destination (and this is the most important part!) 

I’ll look at different destinations around the world, or in a wide area like all of Europe.
This gives me the opportunity to see where the best deals are during my pre-decided time frame (the month of May in my above example).
Google Flights provides location searches like Europe or South East Asia and then shows you on a map different cities with their prices. It’s a great way to see the most affordable places quickly and pretty effortlessly.

I do #1 and #2 at the same time to ensure I’m seeing the most options and getting the best deals. 

3) Finally, I look at other websites to see if I can find even cheaper deals

Once I’ve established the most affordable places to go in my time frame I proceed to do some extra research on various websites to see if I can find a better deal.

 

 

Going about finding plane tickets this way has saved me an incredible amount of money. I’ve found tickets to Asia for $600 CAD. You can’t’ beat those prices!
Obviously, this method is not for everyone. Some people like to plan months in advance and have everything decided or have a specific place in mind they absolutely want to see.
But, if you’re like me and you want to see ALL OF THE PLACES this is an excellent way to save money. You’ll always end up finding a deal to a location present on your very long list of travel destinations, and you’ll never be disappointed when that one place you wanted to travel to costs $500 more than you budgeted for.

So, if you have an adventurous side, give this a try next time you’re thinking of going on a trip and see how it works out for you!

 

PKat

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