Last year I was traveling through the US when I bumped into fellow traveler by the name of Melissa Volitich. At the time I was traveling with very little money and just getting from A to B was driving to be a bit of struggle. My new friend helped me out a great deal not only with some bed and breakfast, but she also gave me a crash course on how to go about finding the cheapest possible flights. I wanted to share the process with you so that the next time that you go away, you too can bag cheap flight deals.
Where to Look
When it comes to selecting your flight, don’t bother going to the airline’s website or any other sites than Skyscanner and Momondo. These two websites work to scour the internet for you in order to find cheap flights, and they search both the airline and third party companies to see who offers the cheapest flights. On the sites there are a number of filters which you can choose from to find which dates are the cheapest and you can then book directly from the site. I have array found a flight cheaper than I have on these sites, and they really do the work so that you don’t have to.
Many people turn their nose up when they have to get a connecting flight but traveling this way can save you a great deal of money. For example last year I took a flight from Mexico City to London via Miami and it cost just $500. The direct flight from Mexico City to London would have cost me almost $900 and the difference in journey time was just 4 hours. For anyone who is traveling on a budget and has a little bit of extra time on their hands, this is the perfect way to travel. Check out a site called Kayak which is brilliant for finding flights with connections, and you can generally get the best prices there. Sometimes if you have a long layover you can even get out and see the city like I did on a 4 hour layover in Vancouver last year.
Beating the System
For some reason, prices on the website of a nation’s airline, are cheaper on the local website than on the international version. In order to get around this you can use a VPN, to make it appear as though you are in the country. For example if I’m in the US looking for flights out of Mexico, the prices which I see on Aeromexico’s website could very well be higher, than if I had an IP address which was based in Mexico. Simply fire up your VPN, select the server which is in Mexico, and then you could very well find cheaper flights.
Try out all three methods when you next fly, and just watch how much you can save.