Traveling can be an expensive hobby, but thankfully there are plenty of websites and tools that you can use to find the best deals on flights! And since it’s Black Friday, I figured I’d celebrate with some tips to scoring deals. Here are my top 5 ways to monitor airfares and get cheap flights.
SecretFlying.com is my all-time favorite website for finding international deals. It aggregates airline sales, error fairs, and just plain good deals into one place. The deals are only separated by country, or in some cases continent, so it does take a bit of scanning to find relevant flights for you. You can always search by your home city, but I wouldn’t discount opening your mind to nearby airports. For example, while my home airport of Phoenix isn’t often featured, the drivable nearby airports of Las Vegas and Los Angeles have plenty of itineraries. So far I have scored a roundtrip flight to Tokyo for just $390 and to Stockholm for just $400!
Kayak on its own is a great tool for finding specific flights, but the Explore function is dangerously good! You simply enter your home airport and (optional) month of travel, and you can view the best fares to pretty much any location in the world. If you have flexible dates, this can’t be beat! There are also options to limit options to non-stop flights, flight length, and price range. The deals usually end up being for weekdays, but if you can manage some time off of work, this is a perfect tool.
3. Subscribe to emails from airlines
Nobody wants more junk mail in their inbox, but subscribing to airline emails can actually be helpful! You will be first to hear when a sale or promotion is starting, or when a new route is added. My favorites are Southwest and Frontier. I can count on there being a big sale from each of them at least once a season, and usually once a month! You may have to filter your emails a bit, but it is still fun to see the word “SALE” appear when it comes to travel.
4. Don’t be afraid of discount airlines
If you’re looking for a flight on a long route, or just don’t do well in confined spaces, you can maybe skip on this tip. But for the rest of us, there’s really nothing wrong with taking budget airlines if you prepare correctly! Frontier, Allegiant, and Spirit are three examples. Do your research before you book/pack for the flight, but there are a few things you can always count on when it comes to flying these cheap airlines. Firstly, you will not be served food. Grab a meal at the terminal before you board, or pack some snacks in your carry-on… which leads to point number two. Your carry-on and general baggage will likely be very limited or charged. When it’s just a weekend trip, try to stick to just a backpack or a small duffle, and you’ll be set.
5. Join a loyalty program
So this doesn’t exactly make flights “cheaper”, but it definitely does help offset the cost of frequent travel. If you travel a lot for business or pleasure, try to stick to just one or two airlines to gain loyalty points that can be redeemed for flights later on. It’s a common tip, but that’s because it works! 🙂
So what websites/tips do you have to save money on flights? Are there any sites I need to check out? Let me know in the comments!
I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I’ll see ya soon!