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How I find cheap flights: tips and tricks!

I can’t even count how many flights I’ve purchased over the years! Scoring cheap flights is essential for anyone looking to spend a holiday abroad, and even more important if you travel often like me.

I used to think travelling abroad was costly but that isn’t always the case. If you plan in advance and have some flexibility in your schedule, you can definitely secure a cheap round-trip flight abroad. And of course, if one-way tickets are more your speed, those are easy to find as well.

I hope you find this how-to video useful and that it inspires you to book your next holiday!

 

Some key points:

  • Always search for flights and accommodations in incognito mode or a private window.
    • In Chrome, go to File: new incognito window. In Safari and Firefox, go to File: new private window.
    • This is to prevent websites from tracking you and keeping tabs on your searches. Some websites will use these ‘cookies’ to their advantage. If you are repeatedly searching for a flight from New York to Dublin over a specific weekend, the site predicts that you most likely will be willing to pay more for a ticket, so they inflate the price. Because these sites save your search history, you’ll also be bombarded with ads for hotels or flights on Facebook and other websites you visit. Browse in incognito mode instead!
  • Use kayak.com/explore to see how much it costs to fly to various parts of the world.
  • Book your flight well in advance for the cheapest flights. I prefer to book long flights (like from the States to the UK) 6-9 months in advance.
  • If you have some wiggle-room with your travel plans, use the flexible date search. This way you can compare prices. You might save money by leaving a day or two earlier or later than you initially planned.
  • Compare prices of flights on multiple websites. You might find a decently priced Swiss Air flight on Kayak, for example, but the flight might be cheaper if you book directly through the Swiss Air website. In general, Kayak always ended up being cheaper for the flights I’ve searched for in the past, but it doesn’t hurt to check.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share?

By Lisa

In Oct. 2014, I quit my job and started downsizing my life by selling and rehoming all my belongings. Even though I’ve moved around all my life, I officially left the States in Dec. 2015 and have been travelling abroad ever since. I hope to inspire you to simplify your life so you live with intention. I’m an avid writer, videography enthusiast, and a major foodie with a passion for sustainable living.