The cost of flying is typically the biggest headache when it comes to travelling. Eating? You can make your own food. Lodging? You can grab an AirBnB. Flights? Well, there’s only a handful of companies that control the industry, meaning strict competition and rising prices.
The fact of the matter is that we aren’t all best friends with a pilot or flight attendant. Actually, on that note, I had a friend that was best friends with a pilot. More often than not, he would get text messages asking if he wanted to go to Florida or California or New York for the weekend, only paying the tax for the flight. Nothing more…
But, we aren’t in that boat, which is why you are reading this post!
1. Ditch the Airline Websites
Airlines are the ones performing the actual job. This means that their website will show the MSRP of what a flight costs. Unless you have some sort of voucher or coupon with a specific airline, just forget about the airline sites all together.
2. Dont Be Afraid of a Little Layover…
Third party websites such as Skyscanner and CheapoAir use different algorithyms to match together various flights that create the cheapest option for you. These sites are your golden ticket (literally).
With this, most flights will include some sort of layover. Most of which will be relatively short (between 1-4 hours). Although, some can be a lot longer.
On our way back from Aruba to Toronto, we had a 20-hour layover in Miami. At first, that sounds ridiculous, but the entire flight from Aruba to Miami to Toronto cost $200 CAD.
On top of that, we left the airport, grabbed an Airbnb and made a mini-vacation out of it.
Do not be afraid of a little layover.
3. Travel on a Tuesday.
Before you yell at me for your overpriced flight that just happened to be on a Tuesday, I’ll bet that you either booked through an airline, or got super unlucky.
This is just a rule of thumb. Also, it sounded the best for a title. Any day between Tuesday to Thursday will be your best option. More often than not, you can save up to 50% off the regular ticket price, just because you flew on a less popular day!
4. Always Browse on Private
All airline and travel websites have very intricate algorithyms that measure how often you visit a website. If they notice that you keep searching for the same flight path, then they will likely raise the price just for you! This adds more pressure onto your plans, resulting in you booking the trip out of fear.
But Josh, isn’t that illegal for the price to change just for me?
That’s not what I’m here to discuss. You can take that up with the multi-billion dollar airline 😉
Although it isn’t a perfect science, browsing on private will reduce the risk of websites tracking your visits. This means that the prices shown are the prices that they are actually meaning to display.
5. Be Destination Flexible.
CheapoAir has this amazing function that allows you to such for a destination called “Everywhere”.
Put in your departure city, input some dates (or even select cheapest month if you’re not sure), and how many travellers you’re going with. CheapoAir does the rest!
The site will then spit out a master list, from cheapest to most expensive, of flights going everywhere around the world… In one search I found a flight from Toronto to Paris for $198 round trip! Another time the search gave me a flight to Thailand for just over $500.
Those is some serious savings.
Be smart, shop wisely and remember, there is always a better deal.