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Revealed: Secrets to Booking Bargain Flights

Airport

Finding the right ticket for your travel experience is not always easy, a mix of price, quality and speed is necessary to make the best out of your purchase. In this article you will discover some quick handy takeaways for when planning a vacation whether it’s solo, family or business, these tips will help you grab a bargain flight.

Looking out plane window

#1 – Don’t limit yourself to one airport

The first thing you need to take into account is your departure and your arrival airport. Do some research to find nearby airports that would be suitable for you to travel to. The more airports the better chance you’ll grab a bargain flight.

Some airlines fly from different airports and therefore could make your flights cheaper. You should also consider if possible, flying from one airport and then flying back at a different airport on your return flight – this is one of the best ways to find a cheap flight, but it can also be a pain, especially if you’re driving.

A recent example of this is booking a flight to Norway for this month. I searched for flights to Stavanger from my local airports, all of which returned with prices of over £600…pretty expensive! When I searched for other airports nearby, I grabbed a return flight for £80.

 #2 – Two one-way tickets could be cheaper…

Whilst it’s still possible to grab a bargain return flight like I did, sometimes purchasing one-way tickets from different airlines can make the overall trip cheaper. Using sites like KODEX Travel can help you discover cheap last-minute flights and also give you prices for flights a year in advance, making sure you grab a bargain.

You can search for specific airlines on most flight finders, for example like the below on KODEX.

Kodex Travel Search Results

#3 – Fly low class

Whilst it may not be the best experience and if you prefer to fly in style, you’ll definitely be saving some cash by using budget airlines or purchasing the lower class seats. This is a great idea if you’re looking to travel frequently visiting more countries at a low cost. Not all low-class airlines are that bad and if you are only flying for a few hours, then stick your headphones in and you’ll be landing before you know it!

Airplane Aisle

#4 – Utilise low fare calendars for cheaper days

One of the biggest tips for finding cheap flights is by utilising low-fare calendars to identify dates that have cheap departures. Research suggests that flights during the week are usually much cheaper than at the weekends. Typically purchasing departure flights on Saturdays can be quite pricey, so departing on a Thursday and flying back on a Sunday would usually give you a cheap flight and a long weekend to explore your next city and create memories.

KODEX Travel Flight Calendar

#5 – Choosing different flight times

When searching for cheap flights, the timings of your flights can be a big factor. Flights during the day will most likely be more expensive than those that are early-hours or late-night flights. If you are not too bothered with flight times, you should definitely consider looking at the times. For my upcoming Norway trip, I’ll be flying at 8:30 pm on a Friday and arriving around 10 pm. My flight back on Sunday isn’t too late either, meaning I’ll still be able to explore and make the most of my time.

Flight Departures

If you are an early-riser like myself, you’ll find that these sort of flights aren’t too bad. Of course, when at the destination, you could always wake-up earlier to make the most of your time.

I’d love to know what you think of these tips and if you have any of your own, feel free to share them in the comments!

Gareth Goes Places

2 Comments

  • Hey Gareth, great post! I would also add that airlines are great at sharing their bargain flights as soon as they schedule them for the next half of the year for example. On a first come first served basis you can really grab the best prices before they start increasing. I personally receive email notifications from the main airlines out there. Good luck with your travels!

    • Thanks, Maria! Definitely a great tip there and that’s one that I also do. Signing up for various airlines and receiving their mailshots for upcoming sales on various destinations and future price drops before they launch to the public. I find it very hard to resist booking more flights when I see an amazing bargain!

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