Finding a bargain flight isn’t the impossible task you might think it is. It can be done, but it does take patience and perseverance. Luckily, you can do this from the comfort of your own home, in your own armchair, in your pajamas if the mood takes you, with a cup of coffee in hand.
Once you’ve found your flight, you can relax, sure in the knowledge that what is usually the most expensive part of your break is booked, and hopefully at a bargain price. Checking your flight on a flight tracker in the hours leading up to your departure will keep any pre-flight worries at bay,
So, how do you find that bargain? I’ll give you a few pointers.
1. Use a flight comparison website
I always use Skyscanner when I’m trying to find a bargain, because this is where you will find the most companies in one search, and you can pick for yourself. This brings up split bookings with different companies, direct, indirect, and gives you more options than if you were on a particular airline’s website.
2. Find a flight and watch it
Don’t book straight away, hold your horses! Prices fluctuate up and down so it’s worthwhile just watching it for a while, if you have the time that is. It is a risk, but I’ve waited before and found the price dropped by around £50! When you think it’s not going to get lower, or you’re getting worried the price will go up, book it.
3. Consider indirect flights
If taking a connection doesn’t add too much time onto your journey and it saves you enough money, why not consider going indirect? If you book with the same company, you will usually find that you don’t need to collect your baggage for the connection, and it will be put onto the flight for you. It’s worth a look.
4. Look at a different airport
Sometimes you can find a flight cheaper from a different departure airport. If it’s not too much of an added distance, and if the price of the flight with the extra journey money combined still comes up cheaper, then this is a good way to save. You’ll find London airports are more often than not cheaper than other UK airports.
5. Do you really need to add luggage?
You might not need hold luggage if you’re heading away for a short time, or if you book with an airline that gives you a larger amount of hand luggage, e.g. Monarch, easyJet, Jet2, etc. It will take some ruthless packing, but it can be done, especially if you buy your toiletries at the airport.
Bargains can be found if you think a little outside the box and are as tenacious as a Jack Russell!