Secrets to sourcing the cheapest flights revealed

Let’s start with some very good news – there are plenty of tried and tested methods to save you money on airfare, with bigger savings to be found at specific time slots and dates. Patience is required as the research process can be time consuming as you scour the internet to source the best deals around. If you are flexible on both dates and destination, then big savings are in store. Follow our suggested hacks to find the cheapest flights online!

5 Search Hacks To Find The Cheapest Flights Online

 1. Compare and find the cheapest flights available

There’s a lot of behind the scenes action between OTAs (online travel agents), such as Skyscanner and Opodo, and the airline itself. OTAs act as a middle man ‘shopfront,’ often selling flights cheaper than the airline in a move as a ‘loss leader’ or through making extra money by providing other services as insurance, car, hotels etc. OTAs often have strong bargaining power with airlines as they have the potential to reach a wider base of customers.

From personal experience, Skysacnner  (Read our Skyscanner review) is my favorite booking system given its functionality and design, but it’s also worth exploring other OTAs for price comparisons including:

  • Opodo
  • Momondo
  • Google flights
  • Cheapoair

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2. Use Skiplagged

Skiplagged acts as a booking system for securing tickets like any regular OTA, but offers enhanced benefits too. According to the company: “Our goal is to empower consumers to use their buying power however they please. We exist to just find the best prices for you”. 

 

 

Skiplagged - Search Hack For Fing The Cheapest Flight Online
Source: Skiplagged.com – Skip a leg and save a lot of money on your flights

As an example, the above illustrates how you can save $120 by booking a flight to Dallas with a stopover in Orlando . The system works by ‘exposing loopholes’ in flight bookings with a fast working algorithm, showing flights airlines would prefer remain unseen by consumers, usually with a stopover, thereby saving you money. Through this method of booking, travelers can find a cheaper flight with a stopover in their destination of choice, and not use the second flight.

It’s not recommended to use this method every time, but for specific flights, it’s an effective way of saving on the ticket cost.

3. Market place for re-selling of non-refundable tickets

Let’s say you have a non-refundable air-ticket for which you paid over $500 – and you can’t use the ticket – what are you options? Thanks to websites such as transfertravel.com and sparefare.net, you can re-sell your ticket. The step by step process is also very simple through both companies easy to follow guidelines. If the ticket sells, you get your money back, minus a market place commission. 

Here are some examples of cheap ticket options:

 

Transfertravel.com - Market place to find the cheap flights and hotels online
Source: transfertravel.com – a market place to find the cheap flights online

 

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Usually the closer you are to the flight date, the ticket price increases, so from the perspective of the buyer, these marketplaces are a great option for finding cheap flights, especially last minute. The more flexible you are on dates and the destination, the more money you can save.

 

4. Flexibility on dates – Skyscanner Flights and Google Flights

As mentioned above, flexibility on travel times will help reduce the cost of flights. Due to the yield management system of the airline, they often raise the price when demand is high and offer more attractive prices when demand is low. Sometimes even a one day difference can save you over $500, as per the following examples from Google Flights and Skyscanner.

Google Flights - A leading meta-search engine
Source: Google Flights – leading Meta-Search engine to find the cheapest flight online
Skyscaner - Meta-Search engine with a good overview the find the cheap fairs
Source: Skyscaner – Meta-Search engine with a good overview the find the cheapest flight tickets available

5. Incognito and mobile vs Google Chrome and desktop

Opodo - Book your flights from the desktop it is cheaper than booking from the mobile
Source: Opodo – Book your flights from the desktop it is cheaper than booking from the mobile

When using Google Chrome, online movements are being tracked and you are exposed to Google ads and marketing. Internet privacy companies such as DuckDuckGo and Incognito have been known in some cases to help consumers source cheaper prices than Chrome. Having tried this myself, I found the same price on both. However, I also tried desktop vs mobile and found the price on the same flight to be cheaper on desktop.Opodo - Book your flights from the desktop

Source: Opodo – Book your flights from the desktop

The bottom line? There are many ways to reduce the cost and save money on your next flight. With some research, time and our suggested hacks, you will be on your way to uncovering the best airfare deals on the internet. 

 

 

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21 Comments
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    Roy
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    Amazing tips on getting cheap flights. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

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    posted by
    Meg W
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    These are amazing flight hacks that can help frequent flyers like myself. I wish I bumped into your article earlier!

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    Patricia
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    I love these flight hacks. I could save a ton of money using them.

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    posted by
    Oliver
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    I think skyscanner is more effective than google flights. Both platforms deliver well though.

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    Daphne
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    I will be using these search hacks whenever I want to save while flying from now on. So glad I read this 🙂

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    posted by
    Scott Summers
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    I do not know if it really qualifies as cheap since rates to every country could be different. However, finding cheap flights is a must these days since most of us are not financially blessed.

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    posted by
    Ruchen
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    I always compare all available airlines and flight times when I travel. Even if the travel is for business purposes, I see to it to get the cheapest flight possible.

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    AJ
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    These are great tools to get the cheapest flight to just about anywhere. Thank you for sharing this, now I don’t have to get a migraine by just planning a trip.

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    posted by
    nelly
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    I always like to use search hacks when trying to get some very cheap flight. There have always come in handy so that I save some money.

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    Obalade Damilola
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    Finding the cheapest flight may be difficult if you don’t know how to go about it…thanks for your write up..I could use some help from your tips to get cheaper flights..

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    Maury Cheskes
    May 17, 2019 Reply

    The Google Flights and Skyscanner are very handy tools. It’s definitely important to compare and contrast deals before booking a flight. I love the option of reselling your ticket if you have to call a last minute audible. Thanks for the article!

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    Angelo
    May 18, 2019 Reply

    This is great. I’m planning to travel in New Zealand this Christmas. I will use this tips. Thanks!

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    Marshall
    May 18, 2019 Reply

    Informative post though I like Skyscanner but I now prefer to use Skiplagged for securing tickets because it offers enhanced benefits too. Since I will be given the opportunity to use my power without the interference.

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    Oseghale Justin
    May 18, 2019 Reply

    I’m gonna give either a try whenever I want to take my next trip

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    posted by
    Rae
    May 18, 2019 Reply

    This is just amazing! They definitely have one of the cheapest flight that I could ever have! Thank you very much for sharing this.

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    posted by
    Grace K
    May 18, 2019 Reply

    The best part is that I’ll get the cheapest flights saving upto $500. I definitely must try this and see for myself. Sound too good.

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    posted by
    givans
    May 18, 2019 Reply

    Skyscanner is a must have, especially for travellers who need to save a fortune on airfares.This is a great piece of information.

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    posted by
    Miracle
    May 19, 2019 Reply

    All I think about when planning to travel is to save money. This article is great.

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    posted by
    Kei
    May 22, 2019 Reply

    This article is very helpful. It is really hard to find a cheap flight that is legit.

  20. […] Compare the prices and then buy tickets – There are plenty of travel websites or search engines present, which show inflated and different fares, as they charge some amount from the airlines. All you have to do is try and compare these engines and book tickets from an engine which shows cheapest flights. […]

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