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Guess what, I have never met a destination I never liked, but for most getting there esp. by air is the bone. Today I want to show you kind to the wallet Flight Booking Hacks to save you mullah…
What we’re about to share are some of our ‘guarded dirty secrets’ that have helped us find amazingly cheap flight deals online. Imagine a return flight from Ireland for £1, that’s how Cheap! Aahh we love bargains!
If you apply what we share today, bookmark and keep it on tap! The 5 mins you spend reading this flight booking hacks post, you will gain in huge savings on future flights!
These secrets will get you paying less for your vacations and business trips, how cool is that! 🙂
Your Travel agent will NEVER really get you The cheapest flight, where is his commission? These tips tools we show below will surely do! Not that you shouldn’t check with that dishy Jeff on the high street! If that’s what you like!
Paul thinks I am obsessed with flights, I just smile and say, they get us to awesome destinations and that’s good enough for me.
While I am no expert on flights, I have booked quite a few and this post is just to share with you our flight booking hacks that save us a packet!
Thing is we’ve been traveling and hacking flights since 1998. That’s almost 18 years of dedicated researching and finding off the track secret ways to the cheapest flights, save cash and earn air miles.We have also shared when its best to Book your Air travel to save cash…
These simple yet effective tips have saved us thousands of $$$ over the years and today we are determined to help you see the light and do the same!
Flight Booking Hacks #0 Fake your Booking i.e. Hide your Online Location!
You’re probably wondering about all this mysterious stuff! Well if airlines can be sneaky, and they are, so can you! Airlines make huge profits by charging different fares in different countries, for the same exact flight.
We have done this over the years. We always book our Christmas Trip via Uganda! Its way more expensive booking a flight to Uganda from UK, in Uganda than from UK! Prices DO vary based on where the transaction is done, its called the “point-of-sale.”
However as explained above, we have beaten them at their game numerous times using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) like HideMyAss.com to couch our location. Its like you are somewhere else. If you like to hide your online activities including flight searches you might like to try VPNs!
So isn’t this secret the same as the next one? Not at all. Check this out…
Flight Booking Hacks #1 Browse Incognito!
You now know the Clear cache trick if you are a regular reader, but did you know about incognito browsing?
To avoid getting stalked by unwanted ads and charged more, from now on when you search for or book a flight, you could do one of three things:
- Use a different computer to make your booking if you have access to one. This is of course so much easier & great for those technically challenged. If you are tech savvy you could…
- Clear your browser cache before booking.
- Or if you do use Google Chrome, go incognito all this means is you are browsing without tracking cookies! If you have no clue how to go incognito, just open chrome, then use “control-shift-N to open a new window in “incognito mode.” If you don’t do this, the airlines or travel companies will keep pushing the price up, getting you panicked into buying at the price they want. Be a smart traveller you got the hack!
Flight Booking Hacks #2 Book via the Multi-City Option
Almost every booking engine or site has the Multi-City option. This allows you to find secret discounts just by taking multiple flights in one journey.
We Flew to Entebbe via Istanbul, Nairobi and Kigali in a 6-week window! Instead of booking these flights separate, its smarter and will almost always cost you less to use the Multi-City tab! On this occasion we paid £1854.50 total incl. taxes for 4 tickets. Separately we would have paid £679 per adult and £407 per child!
Who wouldn’t do with a saving of £317.50? It sure came in handy for spending money!
So if you are planning multiple flights in one itinerary, use this option & make a saving! Flight booking hacks at your service!
Flight Booking Hacks #3 Check the Flight + Rental or Flight + Hotel Tabs
This is one of the less known flight booking hacks. Predominantly because most people assume it will cost me more. Or I don’t need a car rental or, I already booked the hotel! You’ve probably seen that little tab at the top or side bar of flight booking websites that says Flight + Hotel or Flight + Car Rental. (See images above.)
I used to think it was just to get us to spend more than we wanted to! Well how wrong was I. Booking this way can make you huge savings!
Most of these sites are competing with Holiday package deal sites and Travel agents! So they offer big discounts on their flights, hotels, and car rental if booked together as an incentive! Never mind that you don’t want or even need a car rental or got your hotel for your trip, try this flight booking hack for mega savings!
Case study: we checked for the cheapest flight for 1 passenger from London to Austin, Texas USA for August 2016 on British Airways. The cheapest was £3,130.75. We did exact same search after clearing cache using the “Flight + Car” tab and got exact same flight, same day, same destination for £1,358.
Plus an extra discount of £109.95! And Icing on the cake, including a rental car for the 3-day trip! Do the maths…And next time use this option. The savings are worth it!
Flight Booking Hacks #5 Try Different Searches
We always Check the individual Airlines for what’s available. Many times, we have found amazing deals via the airline website too! You must know that some airlines do not appear in search results. So you must check their direct websites to find deals & book with them.
They do this to avoid paying referral fees, which is meant to lower costs, a saving passed on to passengers! Now some airlines are not listed even in Search engine searches, nor do they appear on aggregator sites like Kayak…How do you find them?
Super Hack: Go to your Destination airport website and find out “Which Airlines Fly From/To that airport.” Even the less known small carriers will show up along with the link to their website! Bingo…You go check those sites and compare your results. (See Manchester Airport snippet below.)
If flying to or within Europe, try the Low Cost Airline Guide to find out which airlines fly where in Europe and then go Direct, see if you can bag a bargain!
Otherwise we use a different browser to check our Rovia Booking engine. We also check Momondo.com which usually returns a huge number of flights, including lesser-known budget airlines. We have got amazing short hopper deals via these two websites!
We also check Booking.com, Kayak (Kayak removed budget airlines from its search, so it no longer provides the best variety of options), Skyscanner, Google Flights, HolidayTravel.co, CheapOair, Hotwire, Priceline, Mobissimo, and Trabber! So while you may already be doing varied searches, it would be lax of us not to include it as a flight booking hack! Trust me this input will save you $$.
Did you know that Skyscanner is great for comparison purposes for different city flights? You can compare prices for different trips and dates, and if you so chose, you set alerts for specific dates and routes! If you have no fixed destination or date, add “Everywhere” in destination box and you could be Inspired to visit a new place!
We usually try to search, book and travel on weekdays. The resultant Savings over the years have been massive. If you aren’t fixed in itinerary, add +/- 3 days to get the cheapest results. The more flexible the cheaper your flight could be.
According to the confessions of an Airline Revenue manager, the biggest changes happen at 21 days, 14 days, 10 days, 7 days and 4 days, typically when advance purchase restrictions knock fares up a notch. So keep your eyes peeled and you could grab an amazing flight deal way below your budget!
Flight Booking Hacks #6 Compare Your Results on One Page
We love tools like Hipmunk that allow us to search date ranges to compare available flight options all on one simple results page.
Then you have Matrix Airfare Search a super powerful, little known Flight Search & Sort tool. ITA, culls flight information from known and unknown flight providers and you can sort the results by dates, destination, cost per mile, etc. Did you know that most booking search engines actually use this software? So why not cut out the commission and save sme bucks!
You can also try different purchase locations for price comparison. Sometimes changing a point of sale can bring a massive saving for you! Incognito search is essential for this!
Flight Booking Hacks #7 Make Group Bookings Individually! Don’t bulk book!
Imagine you have a wedding in a dream destination. You are super excited; and you all live in the same city. So you decide to make a group booking…Big Mistake!
Yes you can travel as a “Group” but Avoid booking your trip in “One booking.” You most certainly could end up paying more for your airfares than if you made individual purchases on the same flight preferably on the same day!
Here is why…
Airline reservation systems have multiple airfare classes for the same flight! That’s why different people pay different prices for the exact same flight in the same class, whether business or economy!
Check for a single traveller ticket price, with these flight booking hacks. Booking engines will show you lowest priced airfare on the day! Let’s say £132 to Spain today!
Now try to make a group booking for 12 people and things could get a bit hairy! For each reservation, a booking engine will allow you to book all tickets at the same price point. Problem arises if there are less seats available at that price. (Assume only 8 seats available at £132 and the next price seat price is £205) Then you will all Be charged the £205 as the available seats price! Never mind there were some sets at the lower price point!
Criminal or what!
SO What DO You do?
To avoid paying more than you have to, perform multiple searches. On different PCs. For instance, find out how much the airfare costs for one passenger and for two passengers. Check closer airports vis-a-vis the cost of getting to them.
If the price per person is the same for both options, go ahead and book both passengers on the same reservation. Do this per 2 passengers till you are all booked. Other option could be to make two reservations to grab the available seats.
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE: if you are fussy about sitting together, and maybe have little children, you might have to pay extra to select seats close to each other! Plus God forbid you have unavoidable delays, the airline may not know that you are all travelling as a group and you could end up on separate flights. weight these risks an decide if the saving is worth it!
Flight Booking Hacks #8 Book With/Via the Right Resources
To have success in most things, You need to use the right tools and online resources.
We Highly recommend this Rovia Booking Engine It has saved us lotsa mullah!
As soon as you make a search, Rovia analyses prices and returns the best flight price on the day. And then here is the beauty of Rovia Users, It will keep analyzing the flight prices and automatically re-books you at the lower price and REFUNDS YOU THE DIFFERENCE! Now of course this Specific Benefit is open to Rovia Club members only, Here is how you too can Subscribe & Join other happy users!
The difference with similar online tools is that you don’t get a refund if you have booked your flight.
We do love checking via Hopper one of the open market options. This will only notify you of a price drop, and if you don’t check your email regularly or aren’t subscribed, well you miss the notice!
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Flight Booking Hacks #9 Book One way Tickets
Yes I know you gotta get back home, just don’t book a round trip ticket unless its cheaper than 2 separate flights Here is why! Two one-way tickets may turn out cheaper than a full round-trip ticket, All you gotta lose is a coupe more minutes checking before you book. So always check just to see. Then book your flight accordingly!
There is another way to make a One way even more worthwhile. Its called “Stitching.” If you can see another bucket list city for 12-24 hrs would you do it? esp. if you are not travelling with little ones?
Don’t book a flight with a traditional transit stop. Instead book separate tickets and flights together. E.g. Instead of a one-way to Atlanta followed by another to Los Angeles, it turned out cheaper to book a ticket to Atlanta spend 18 hrs enjoying this city and then on to LA.
So “Stitching” Is where you stitch different city tickets together for one trip to get a cheaper price, all the while seeing #morebeautifulplaces! Learn more about Stitching in this awesome article by Regev Elya.
Word Of Caution: when putting together your own one way flights on multiple carriers: consider the implications for your checked baggage, ensure there is ample time to pick up and re-check it in, or be prepared to go commando lolol! 🙂
Last Word on Flight Booking Hacks!
Well there are so many ways to flight booking hacking, so its down to you what you decide to try out.
Beware of Hidden Fees
Be calm, don’t be taken in by any old cheap looking fare, be sure to check the baggage and other fees for airlines. Your supposed saving can be gobbled pretty quickly by airlines fees. There’s a reason RyanAir can offer £9.99 flight sales — by the time you add the fees, the costs do add up. Unless its a quick Biz hop!
If you learnt something new from some of our flight booking hacks or know some you wish to share with us absolutely feel free to say so below!
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