Every year millions of travellers head abroad on holiday and it pays to shop around for the best prices when it comes to flights. With the development of the web you can now compare and search a wide range of flights within one website, but the trick is to use a number of websites to compare these prices.
In this blog we’ll give you some simple tips to help save you $$$ on your next holiday.
So you know the country you want to visit but the question is where to start searching? The following websites we’ve used a lot to search and compare different flights/prices in the past and these will give you a good starting point.
Once you’ve started the search you’ll be given a list of airlines that fly to your chosen destination and a range of prices, from the cheapest to the highest. If your dates are flexible it pays to do another search with different dates to see if there’s any difference in price. Flights will always be more expensive around school holidays, Easter/Xmas etc.
The next step is to compare the prices by booking direct with the airline, if Qantas came up the cheapest in your search then visit www.qantas.com and check to see if the prices/dates are any cheaper when booking directly. In some cases you’ll find they are cheaper.
Generally we’d have around five (5) different options narrowed down and cross checked across the different websites for the same dates, you’ll find some websites have cheaper prices for the same flights/airline. The other thing to remember is that some of the above websites will charge an admin fee, make sure you go right through the booking stage to see how much it will cost you all up.
Another trick is to fly to an airport hub that’s close to the country your heading, for instance say you’re heading to London. Flights will always be more expensive flying to Heathrow, instead check flights/prices to another airport hub around London, like Gatwick, Stansted or a major airport close by like Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, Frankfurt airport or Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. You’ll be surprised at the difference in price and you can fly from any of the mentioned European airports to London for next to nothing with Easyjet or Ryanair for example.
Another tip is to make sure you’re registered with a frequent flyer programme. Like Krisflyer (Singapore, Air New Zealand and other airlines) Oneworld (Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and others). The more you fly with said airline partners the more frequent flyer miles you’ll earn, these can be redeemed for future flights or gifts. We personally prefer Oneworld , air miles never expire and you can gift points to a friend of family if needed.
Be sure to check out our article on flights well within your budget for other tips and advice on short haul flights.
Points to highlight
It's recommended that you check a few reviews before proceeding with booking flights, for instance most of the above websites have social media pages like facebook or twitter. Check their pages first and read comments from travellers/fans, if a lot of comments are saying negative things or that they've experienced issues then we'd strongly advise steering clear of said companies.
Work out your priorities, i.e. money (what’s your budget), airline (do you want to accrue air miles), time (getting there quickly or arriving/leaving at a certain time), destination (could you fly into a different airport). The more you are willing to compromise on, the cheaper your flight will be and the more money you will have to spend on those once in a life time experiences.
If anyone else has any tips or advice when booking flights please feel free to post a comment below.
By: Nick & Jackie