Flights are usually the most expensive factor to any getaway. Knowing just a few basic tips can save you tons of money! Money you can spend on souvenirs, cocktails, or a another trip! Below are some of my holy-grail’s for finding discounted flights:
- Always look into flying in and out of a major airport (i.g LAX, SFO, ATL, etc)! Some flights end up costing almost half of what it would cost to fly out of your local airport. For example, when I flew to Bangkok I looked into flying out of my local airport, Las Vegas. While that is a fairly big airport, it was $1,300 round trip versus $430 flying in and out of Los Angeles.
- Timing is everything! I have found the sweet spot to be roughly 4 months before you are looking to travel. I always find the cheapest flights this far in advance unless you utilize last minute deals! If you’re like me, last minute deals aren’t always possible because of this darn thing called “requesting time off.” Bummer, right?
- Google Flights & Sky Scanner are your best friends! Okay… listen up. If you have flexible dates, look on Google Flights DAILY.This website is so user-friendly that anyone can find cheap flights! I always play around with dates to see what combination gets me the best deal. BUT if you have locked in dates (for example if you are going for a holiday, long weekend, etc), you should 100% be using Skyscanner! Sky Scanner compares the most companies and searches for the best deals possible – a serious holy grail!!
- Don’t block out exact dates! Google flights only works well if you have a range of time you can take a vacation. I always book my flight before anything else because that is always the most expensive factor. FLEXIBILITY IS KEY!
- Sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights! This is a free email subscription that notifies you when there are sales or when airlines make mistakes. He has a premium subscription as well, but the free one has always been good to me!
I hope these tips work well for you too – If they did, I’d love to hear about it!