18 Jul 9 Flight hacks to save you hundreds
Booking international flights can be daunting but here are a few tips that have saved me thousands of dollars on airfare. Disclaimer: all of my examples, save for one, are for economy; I’d rather splurge on a nice hotel for 5 days than the 5 hr flight.
- Check multiple sites, always.
- Look from two devices.
- Each device has a unique IP address and if bots know your habits, you might be getting higher prices.
- Case in point, a few months ago I was booking a flight through Expedia and the same flight and dates were about $20 cheaper through my phone than my laptop.
- If you’re taking a long haul flight with multiple connections, check flights from a larger hub.
- For example, I was looking for a flight from Denver to Cairo in business class for someone and all roundtrip flights out of Denver were around $7,000. I decided to check flights from NYC to Cairo instead and found a flight for $2,500. That’s a massive savings and another, domestic flight can be bought to NYC.
- Check out local airlines in the country of origin website.
- What I mean by this is select the country you are flying in or around.
- I was booking a flight on Chile’s discount airliner Sky and when I looked at the cost of the ticket from the United States the cost was $300. When I selected my country as Chile, the cost came down to $50.
- Miles – always collect miles.
- It doesn’t matter what airline it is, I get the rewards account. The reason being, you never know if you’ll be flying them again, or if they might be purchased by a bigger partner thus merging your accounts.
- I wrote a more extensive blog on miles and points here.
- If you’ll be flying within a country, Google that country’s low cost carrier.
- I’ve noticed that Google flights is starting to pull some of this data, but not always.
- If you’re concerned about a low cost carriers rating and safety you can easily find that information here.
- When possible be flexible with dates.
- Sites like Skyscanner, Momondo, and Google flights will show you the costs a few days before and after your selected date.
- Use Skiplagged
- This is a unique service that searches your destination via more popular connections.
- I used this once on a flight from Denver to Toronto. The final destination was Montreal, but I just got off in Toronto.
- The downside to this; you can’t check luggage or it will go to the final destination, and you can’t earn award miles because you do not complete the flight.
- Buy a roundtrip ticket even if you only need a one way.
- Occasionally it is cheaper to buy a full roundtrip flight than a one way.
- I have done this twice on long haul, international flights and saved around $400 each time.
- Once to Iceland, a one way from Denver was over $1,000. However, by booking a roundtrip flight the cost went down to $660. I simply didn’t take the return flight.
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