How to Score Cheap Flights

Screen Shot 2017-08-06 at 7.59.12 PM.pngOne of my biggest deciding factors on where to go for my next adventure is airfare price. I am always on the hunt for a good deal. Not only do I get an adrenaline rush when I book a good deal but it also really helps with my sadly non-infinite travel budget. I’ve split up the following resources into two categories. The first section is sign-up lists which require you to sign up at no cost to get deals emailed to you. The second section is  websites that allow you to do searches at any time. 

Summary of Top Three

  1. Google Flights (Search)
  2. Scotts Cheap Flights (Sign up)
  3. The Flight Deal  (Sign up)

Best search engine advice I’ve received 

Always search in incognito mode with Google Chrome or private with Safari

Always clear your cookies -> in History tab

Cheapest flights usually fly out on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday 

and remember every single flight to/from the USA is refundable within 24 hours


1. Sign ups  

**Warning: Be prepared to receive an email daily, if not every other day. If you do not like the idea of receiving emails, skip to section two. 

  1. Scotts Cheap FlightsIF you only want to sign up for one, I would highly recommend this one. Scott does a great job of sending awesome deals every couple of days at NO COST. He has a premium version, but it’s currently not in my budget. I’ve scored some great flights.  Personal Example: Houston-> South Africa -> London = $603 Screen Shot 2017-08-06 at 3.48.20 PM.png
  2. The Flight DealDaily emails with great deals. Personal Example: Seattle-> Vietnam with a day layover in South Korea = $570 RTScreen Shot 2017-08-06 at 3.50.46 PM.png
  3. Airfare watchdog: Emails every other day based on departing airport. I currently have Houston and Seattle for my departure locations. Personal Example: Seattle-> Alaska = $117 RT  – check out my Ultimate Weekend Guide to AlaskaScreen Shot 2017-08-06 at 3.59.57 PM.png
  4. Escape HoustonEmails every other day. I do not have a personal example but have seen some great deals like Houston-> Barcelona = $400 RTScreen Shot 2017-08-06 at 4.03.21 PM.png

 

2. Search Engines

A. Google Flights

B. Skyscanner

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*Tip: Set an alert on a specific flight to monitor price change

Both Google Flights and Skyscanner are great websites to search for specific locations or general areas without having to sign up and receive loads of emails. 

Perks of each: 

Google Flights-> Explore option is such an awesome feature because it allows you to choose what month, length, place, and interest you have for your upcoming trip. 

For Example: My birthday is coming up in October and I would like to go to a beach for some scuba diving. ⇓

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Departing Airport: Seattle (SEA)

Month: October

Length: 1 week 

Place: No selection -> Everywhere (my personal favorite) 

Interest: Beaches 

    At first glance prices are not so friendly, but after clicking on different continents in the search bar I found something within my price range. 

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Google flights also does an excellent job with predetermined destinations. Just insert your destination and play with the dates. 

Skyscanner-> Everywhere option allows you to insert dates or cheapest month to fly and it will list out destination based on lowest price. 

For Example: I want to go somewhere for Thanksgiving break from Seattle and I can take off from November 16th-26th.⇓

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This lists out all my options and I picked Vietnam. Then it breaks it down by city 

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It lists out all the flight information with price. This particular flight has a one and twelve hour layover in Seoul, South Korea on both flights. This is a great way to get a glance at another country. In fact, many airports offer free city tours

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Be on the lookout for my next two posts which is the start of my seven month journey beginning in “South East Asia” and “Top Apps to use When Traveling”

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Do you have any cheap flight hacks or favorite websites? Leave me a comment below! I am always on the hunt for a good deal. ⇓

7 comments

  1. Keerti · August 9, 2017

    Love this! I like Hopper as an app to estimate best time to buy tickets. Also I also check out The Secret Flying posts on occasion – they don’t email me, but I like the deals I come across http://www.secretflying.com/

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  2. Khadij · August 10, 2017

    This is awesome! Will be checking these sites/lists out this weekend. Well-written, concise and informative ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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