Updated: May 23
Saving money is impossible when you travel, and in fact, it's less about saving and more about stretching. A few years ago I worked in a sales role for a global travel company, and I thought I was going to learn all the tricks that would help me save a bunch of money on travel. The bitter truth I learned was that all the hacks I thought worked before were wrong. Things like booking far in advance, or even at the last minute, were irrelevant...they simply came down to luck.
I have learnt more from actually travelling than I ever did while working for a travel company. Now we want to pass on the hints and tips we've learned that have helped us save money on flights, so you can stretch your money a little further too.
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#7 FLIGHT HACKS TO SAVE YOU MONEY
USE A VPN
VPNs can make it seem like you're browsing the web from any country you like, while also providing much better protection for your data. Airlines don't use set pricing, the prices change all the time depending on location or demand. While this is a tactic used by airlines to make more money, it is also something that can be exploited to find cheaper prices. Take a few minutes to check different countries to see if there are any price discrepancies and then book the cheapest. I use Nord VPN, which has worked incredibly well for me. It's one of the best around and at a good price. Most offer a 30-day money-back option so you can try them out to see if they're worth it for you.
WATCH OUT FOR HIDDEN FEES
Airlines can be sneaky. While a flight may look like its amazing value on the face of it, things can quickly change once you work through the booking process. Before you know it you're paying more for a budget flight, than you would the same route with a more reputable airline. Once you pay to select your seat and add on luggage it quickly adds up! They typically hope that people are too far down the booking process to turn back and start researching again.
LET OTHERS TAKE THE BURDEN
Websites like Flynder Travel or Jacks Flight Club are built to find the cheapest deals around. Let them do their job and work at finding you the best deals around. Most of these businesses have free entry-level subscriptions, but for constant updates on the best flights around you typically need to pay for their service. If it saves money in the long run then it's worth it. We have used Flynder Travel previously and can recommend them. If you opt for a premium membership then make sure to use the code COUPLESQUEST30 at checkout for 30% off!
This counts for when you're planning to fly and even which airports you use. By being flexible you are opening yourself up to get the best price around. You may have heard the age-old myth that Tuesday evenings are the best time to book a flight, and if that was ever true at some point, those days are long gone. the day you depart can have an effect though. Typically leaving on a weekend is more expensive than departing mid-week, so use the month chart on Skyscanner to quickly see which days look the best. As for the time to book there isn't much help anyone can provide, unfortunately. The best time to book is simply the time you see a price that looks good to you!
Try to factor in where you can fly from. If there's another airport close to you then check to see if they have any cheaper options for you. Maybe there is another airport you can fly into that also has cheaper options? Factor this into your searches to tick all the boxes before booking. By giving yourself more options for flights you're more likely to find cheaper fares.
If you've worked out all the details. If you know all the when, where's and how's then make sure to try your hand directly with the airline before booking anything else. We recently tried this when flying from the UK to Thailand. We researched everything and then quickly checked the price with Qatar airways directly. It was not only cheaper but was also fully flexible!
Go private or incognito. According to Scotts Cheap Flights, this won't make much of a difference, but it's always worth trying to make sure you are seeing fresh prices every time you search. Cookies can save data on websites and it can be possible that a website recycles the same flight prices every time, rather than showing you the latest ones.
THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE
If price is the biggest factor, then simply let that dictate where you go. Search for flights leaving your country by price to any destination. It's an exciting prospect throwing caution to the wind. It could lead to an amazing adventure visiting somewhere you would never have thought of going.
There you have it! Our flight saving tips that can hopefully help you out too. We will always make sure to update any extra hacks we can find along the way.