If you do an online search for “best flights”, “flights to”, “cheap flights”, “airline deals”, or something similar, you will be inundated with dozens and dozens of websites that will advertise their cheapest flights.
Tips for Finding the Best Flights
- Start searching as early as possible. Don’t purchase right away.
- Flexibility= More Options and More Options usually equals cheaper or better.
- Cheaper does not always mean best. The best for you, may not always mean the cheapest.
- Often better flights (not basic economy, or better layovers, less connections, preferred airline, etc.) are only slightly more expensive than the cheapest of fares.
- Prioritize what is most important to you when searching through all of the details.
- Use filters to narrow results to what fits your needs.
- Subscribe to price alerts and watch the prices over time to make sure you are getting a good deal. This requires patience.
- Open your options to other airports, sometimes driving a bit farther will make it worth your while in over all price. Sometimes it doesn’t.
- Read the fine print before you book!
- Booking directly with the airline is usually best.
- Sign up for the free version of loyalty points, even if you don’t use that company very often.
- Flying very budget friendly may mean long layovers or less comfortable seating or no overhead bin access.