Well hello there human!
Today we're talking about how to book cheap travel because as a full time traveler, I like to get a really good deal on my flights (I think all of us do!)
Today I'm gonna reveal all my secrets of how I get the best travel at the best price - strap in my kiddos, we’ve got 7 points to go through!
BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR DATES
Firstly, wherever possible, you really need to be flexible with your travel and that includes flexible dates and flexible destination if you can. Flexibility is key to ensuring that you can get the absolute best deals.
The worst time to arrive in a new destination is before New Year's Eve, before Christmas and before 4th of July etc. August is another huge month for travel in Europe, so that is going to be the most expensive.
1. FLY OFF-SEASON
Off-season actually also includes flying ON the days of the major holidays, so for example, during Year's Eve! If you are happy to be up in the air over midnight on New Year's Eve this is a huge one, no one wants to be up in the air, they want to be celebrating so the deals at that time are really cheap!
2. FLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK
This is always cheaper than flying at weekend!
3. FLY VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING OR VERY LATE AT NIGHT
Nobody wants to fly at crazy-o’clock… except for us cheapos!
whenever I booked my flights I have a rough idea of when I want to be traveling and then I always look the day before,the day after, then a couple of days before, a couple of days after, because one day could actually save you so much money.
BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR DESTINATION
If you can, just kind of maybe go with the flow a little bit and choose flights according to the destination. You might be able to fly in to say, Malaysia cheaper than it is to go to Myanmar and then maybe flights from there are cheaper to get to Myanmar. Being flexible with your destination is key.
It's so cool because most airline search engines have this amazing feature where you can choose to travel from where you are to anywhere in the world. Momondo has this, Kiwi.com has this, Skyscanner has this, it's a really really cool feature.
DON’T ALWAYS FLY DIRECT
This is one of my biggest, biggest, biggest things that I recommend. I often fly from one giant ‘hub’ to another giant ‘hub’, and then I take small flights from there. For example, recently I flew from Toronto to Bali and it was a very different price flying direct so what we did is we booked flights to Singapore and then from Singapore we took a budget airline to Bali. It was a lot cheaper! You just have to find the nearest large hubs that you want to fly into.
In America it's either LA or the New York City area. In Europe it is Amsterdam or the UK. In Asia it is Singapore. However make sure that you book at least 3 hours in between your flights because if there are any delays with your previous flight the other airline's not going to wait for you. If the delays are really major on the front end you will not get any money back on this unless you have really good travel insurance, so that is also something to consider.
CHECK MULTIPLE SEARCH ENGINES
For example, sometimes the exact same flight on kayak is cheaper on Momondo. I actually always go to Momondo first, that is my preferred place because they just always seem to have the best flights at the cheapest rate. But you never know, sometimes it's the opposite and kayak is cheaper. You just have to search a few different ones.
USE POINTS AND MILES
I've heard that this is a really good system, that you actually get a lot of flights for free, especially with the amount of travel that I do - but guess what... I have never had miles. I've just never set it up. But I've heard it's good so, do it.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SPECIAL DEALS
In order to do that you have to be subscribed to email lists (which kind of suck) but if that means cheap travel then so be it.
There's also other places you can go to find special deals on flights, that includes airfare watchdog, the flight deal, holiday pirate, scott’s cheap flights and secret flying.
WHAT TIME YOU BOOK YOUR FLIGHT
You don't want to book too far in advance because the prices are kind of outrageous at that point and nothing too close because then the airline increase the price of the flight. The best time to book is around six to eight weeks before you fly, or if it's a really big major holiday coming up, about three months out.
Do not spend way too much time booking these flights, it should only take about an hour, anything more and you’re actually gonna go crazy. You might be able to save $20 extra if you spend another five hours, but it's it's not worth your time so just book the flights within about an hour and you're good to go. Enjoy that holiday!
Tell me, where are you guys going soon? I would like to know where your next holiday is, or your dream destination!
Until next time guys, PEACE!