We’ve all seen it, that incredibly low airfare for only $79. But how do you actually get it? We’ll walk you through the steps necessary to find the cheapest flights for your next trip.
1. Research Flights: Understand how airfares work
There are usually well over 100 possible prices for the same route and flight, and prices are adjusted regularly based on booking demand. The lowest price is available for a limited number of seats, and when those sell out the next lowest fares become available. If you’d like more detail about how it all works, we can help you learn more about how airlines set prices.
2. Airfare Alerts: Sign up and track routes
Signing up to track a particular flight route that you are interested in is the best way to stay on top of the fares. Alternatively, you could hop on the computer and start a new search every day, but who has that kind of time? Get in the game and have an email sent to you that alerts you when the fares change. Keep in mind that fares are subject to availability and may no longer be available at the sale price, so the quicker you can act the greater your chances are of getting the sale fare. Sign up for CheapAir FareTracker.
3. Flight Schedules and Routing: Be flexible with your departure and destination
Try searching different routes. The fact is some routes really are cheaper than others. It’s not all based on how far you’re flying either. The more flexible you can be with your departure and destination airports, the more likely you’ll find the cheapest fares. Try nearby airports to see what’s cheapest. For example, flying into Ft. Lauderdale versus Miami can save you $30 or more, and they are only 30 miles apart. Many larger cities have smaller airports that can be cheaper if you’re willing to go a little out of your way. You can also try our MapSearch tool that allows you to put in your airport and see what destinations have the cheapest fares.
4. Flight Flexibility: Be flexible with your travel dates.
This is probably the biggest rule to keep in mind. You’ve got your destination picked out and now it’s a matter of finding when those cheap fares are. Remember! There are only a limited number of those sale fares available.
• Aim for the Off-Season
Knowing when to go can greatly reduce your travel costs. Seasonality applies to all destinations. Some destinations are in high demand during the peak summer months and others peak during the winter. It all depends on the weather, regional events, and the tourist seasons for the destination in question. Researching a destination’s off season will turn up real savings.
• The Day of Week matters
Not every day is equal when it comes to flying. Typically the cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. That’s because the volume of travelers (demand) on those days is a little lower, which means you’re more likely to discover a cheaper airfare.
• Avoid holidays and special events
Holidays are always a peak time for traveling. Be mindful of where you’re heading and if there are any special events happening assume you’re going to be paying higher fares. For example, the Olympics or the SuperBowl or even sometimes a popular concert will make certain travel spots more expensive. What about a huge convention like Comic-con in San Diego that packs in hundreds of thousands of people? Yep. More expensive airline tickets will follow. Cities across the globe host visitors for all kinds of events and holidays. Avoiding these peak times will reward your wallet.
5. Booking the Flight: Book at the right time
Did you know that when you buy your flights can greatly impact the prices you find? We’ve done a ton of research and found that there is in fact a “Prime Booking Window” for getting the cheapest flights. Logic suggests that the earlier you book, the cheaper the price, but that’s not always the case. It varies! Booking too early or too late doesn’t always translate into savings. Finding the right time to buy can vary depending on your departure, destination, dates, and more. Read more about when you should buy your airline ticket.
Keep in mind; you can shop with confidence on CheapAir.com. With our exclusive Price Drop Payback program, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Now you can shop with confidence!