For those of us who like to travel a lot, luxury usually doesn’t matter.
What matters is our journey, and the destination more than how you get there. Still, comfort is often a priority.
The crazy prices you find might even change your mind about the whole trip. But, that doesn't have to be the case.
We're here to present some great hacks on how to book the cheapest flight that suits you without risking your comfort or happiness.
1. Cookies are your worst enemy
Ever notice how once you search for a flight, the prices just skyrocket for no apparent reason?
That’s because of your cookies.
The website is just giving you a false idea that the prices are increasing to apply pressure on you to book faster.
Always use your web browser's private mode. In Google's Chrome browser, for example, switch to the “incognito” mode.
What’s great about hiding yourself using the private mode is that cookies are not saved in your browser. The browser resets every time you close it and open a new one.
This way, airline websites can’t keep track of the flights you are searching for, and you will be able to see the real prices without any tricks being played on you.
2. Always book a round trip
You may come across an extremely low price for a one-way ticket in high season to a hot-spot and take advantage of the offer.
That’s okay but beware of the prices for the return flight, as sometimes airlines entice you with a cheap departure flight only to charge you $200+ for a return flight.
To set the right budget for your trip, calculate the prices for a roundtrip ticket.
3. Know the correct date to book your flight
It’s almost always cheaper to book your flight at least a month in advance.
Last minute bookings to go on an unexpected trip might be fun and exciting; however, it might cost you double what you have paid if you planned your flight in advance.
Be as flexible as you can with the dates you're traveling on as choosing one day over another might save you a lot of money.
Always keep your eyes on the prices during the week, yet don’t believe in the myth that booking on Tuesday is cheaper.
If a lot of people are following the same method, it’s bound to eventually fail due to the high volume of inquiries.
4. Choose your destination wisely
Airlines determine their prices according to many factors like weather, high seasons, high-demand places, and so on.
Planning your trip according to the prices to choose your destination wisely is a smart move.
If you are planning on going to South Africa, for example, the prices vary from Argentina to Colombia big time. Mango Airlines allow you to check the prices depending on the date, and the place you have in mind.
Choosing a country like Guyana will not cost you much as it’s one of the least visited countries in South America, yet one of the most beautiful ones.
5. Identify your standards and priorities
If you can give up the free food and drinks, and the extra space for your legs if you are a small person, go for it.
Flying for a short period doesn't warrant the standard requirements.
We need to change the idea about budget flying that it’s not as safe and comfortable as high-priced classes.
Tailor your flight to what suits you and not to the fixed ideas and myths you may have about flying.
You can bring your own sealed cup of coffee if you want to save a few bucks.
6. Take advantages of your credit card points or student discount
Few people pay attention to the fact that if you are under 26 and still studying, you might have a special student discount on some airlines that offer cheaper and budget-friendly tickets.
If you are not a student, and you have a credit card that offers you points for discounts on flights, take advantage of them.
You can use the card company flight centers to help you find a cheaper price for the trip you have in mind.
After you have done your research using these hacks, don’t forget the golden rule. Always plan your trip and book early.
You will not believe how much you can save if you book your ticket at least a month in advance, for example.
Also, don’t be lured with all the extra services that can be offered during a flight.
Determine your priorities and plan accordingly to get the most budget-friendly trip you want.
This story was brought to you in partnership with Domestic Flights South Africa.
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