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How to find cheap flights

Travel has changed a lot in the last thirty years. Air travel never used to be an option, as the cost was so high. But these days, flying allows easy access to countries we never would have been able to dream about. Check out some of these tips out for how to find cheap flights.

Use a search engine:

There are so many available for flight searches these days. Skyscanner┬áis one that I’ve found really good. It’s easy to use, and you can set prompts for price reductions. Other options are Google Flights, Kayak and Expedia. Decide on one you love and test it out. You could also compare two and see if you get any differences between them. You’re already winning!

Check the airline’s deals:

Once you’ve found a potential flight, it pays to check back with the airline’s website that you want to fly with. Often cheaper flights appear on search engine websites than on the airline itself. This is fine if you’re travelling around Europe, but I wouldn’t advise it longhaul. What seemed like a great deal at the time will often result in no customer service number, extra fees for baggage, and huge change fees if you do need to adjust your plans. Especially if you’re spending a bit, see if you can get a similar deal through the airline itself.

Be flexible with destinations:

Are you needing to get somewhere specific, or just want a holiday? If you’re not fussy, use Skyscanner’s ‘everywhere’ option. I’ve found this really handy when I have specific time off, but I’m not quite sure where I want to go. It’s also great if you want to check other possible airports you could use in a country. I booked a stopover in Barcelona for a few days on the way to the Canary Islands because it worked out way cheaper. It definitely pays to keep your options open if you can!

Be flexible with dates and times:

Does your boss really need you to work on a Friday? Can your meeting be pushed back a bit on Monday? If at all possible, avoid travel anytime from Friday night to Sunday evening. Prices will likely double, and the airports are nightmares over the weekend too. See if you can do a half day, saving you money and grey hairs.

Hopefully you can make use of some, or all, of these suggestions. If you have any questions, I’m always more than happy to help! Happy searching, and hopefully that next adventure will cost you less than you planned on.

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