An air ticket is the most important component of a trip, and its cost directly affects your trip, if it is expensive, it simply can not take place.
During 10 years of travel, we learned and recorded life hacks, thanks to which you can buy a ticket cheaper than usual.
In this article we will share with you secrets that will allow you to make an unforgettable, and most importantly cheap trip!
Be flexible in your choice of date and time
Airline prices are constantly changing, up or down, it depends on the day of the week, season, holidays, and workload of the flight.
For example, on New Year’s holidays, air tickets are the most expensive, just like in the summer months, the cost of tickets to sea resorts increases significantly.
If you act like everyone else, you will have to overpay, and if you slightly move the dates of the trip, save a lot!
In addition, please note that tickets are cheaper in the middle of the week, by the weekend the airlines raise the cost, since most people can not get out of work in the middle of the week.
Early and late departures are usually cheaper than similar ones, but which take place during the day. Who, besides you, thrifty travelers, wants to get up at 5 in the morning, or gets in a taxi at 1 in the morning?
It is most convenient to track the cost of tickets in the calendar of low prices:
Be flexible with direction
It’s good to save on the cost of a ticket by flying to a nearby airport or neighboring country.
For example, you need to go to Bulgaria, but tickets to Burgas and Varna are expensive, then we buy a ticket to Istanbul and go to Bulgaria by bus, the same thing works with other countries.
Or another option, if you are not tied to a specific place, use the map of low prices, it will help you find the most profitable destinations.
You will need to enter the departure city, select the season, dates or any time for departure, check the box if you have a Schengen visa and click Show on map.
Use the meta-search for airline tickets
The time has passed when you need to stand in line at the ticket office or go around dozens of airline sites in search of a profitable offer.
You have probably already heard about metasearch engines that find and compare the cost of air tickets on the websites of various agencies and airlines. In the resulting issue you can only choose the best offer.
But there is one more secret, in different meta-search engines the price for the same ticket may differ (it depends on the conditions and the agency with which they work), so check prices in several systems at once.
We recommend that you search for tickets on our website in the Flights section.
Low-cost airlines are low-cost airlines where you can buy really cheap airfare. Europe, Asia and America have their own low-cost airlines.
Many low-cost airlines do not cooperate with meta-search engines for the reasons that they save money and do not want to pay a fee to keep the ticket price as low as possible, so you still have to go around several sites manually.
Low-cost airlines charge extra for baggage, seat selection, meals – in order to save money, you will need to refuse these things. Also, do not forget to register online for a flight, otherwise at the airport you will have to pay a tidy sum.
Occasionally fly charters
In summer, charters begin to fly to sea destinations, usually they fly there clogged and empty back, so they sell tickets very cheaply, starting at $30. You can take advantage of such an offer and plan your trip in such a way as to fly away on a charter.
Or vice versa, in late August and early September, charters pick up tourists from sea resorts, respectively, they fly there empty and also sell their tickets cheaply.
Search for flights with transfers
Over long distances, it is best to fly with transfers. For example, a flight to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, and from there on a low-cost airline to Bali will be cheaper than a direct flight to Bali.
Or a flight from Bangkok to Moscow with a transfer in Beijing cost me cheaper than a direct flight from Bangkok to Moscow, but I think you understand.
There are concepts of Layover and Stopover
Layover – docking up to 24 hours or just a transit change;
Stopover – docking for more than 24 hours, very often, even at the lowest fare, stoppers up to 3 days do not affect the ticket price.
Thus, you can save money and visit a new city or country!
Use cashback and miles accumulated cards
Paying for a ticket, you can save twice! First, sign up for one of the affiliate programs that works with Travel sites. I use Travelpayouts.com
There I can generate a form or link by which I go to the site and pay for the ticket and receive a commission from this purchase to my account!
Secondly, I pay for this ticket with my All Airlines card, for which I get miles to the card account, with which I can then compensate for the cost of the tickets.
Search for flights for one person
If you set several people in the parameters at once, suppose that three of you are flying, the search engine will show the highest price. Very often at a low price you can buy no more than 1-2 tickets. In this case, tickets can be purchased separately.
For example, air tickets from Istanbul to Moscow cost $250, if you search immediately for three, and I bought them one at a time and paid only $200.
Buy tickets in advance
Airfare is not constant, they either increase in price or become cheaper, it depends on a number of conditions and circumstances. So, there is a point when tickets are the cheapest! Usually this is one and a half to two months before departure.
But there are exceptions, sometimes you can buy a cheap ticket for 2 weeks before departure, and the next day it will rise in price sharply.
Therefore, if you do not want to play roulette, buy a ticket in advance. Over time, you will have a feeling how much in advance to buy a ticket.
We told you about 9 main ways to save on buying a ticket, but there are others, such as watching the price in another currency, subscribing to airline shares, and so on.
You can use these methods one at a time, or combine them to get the lowest possible price for the desired ticket.