10 Hacks for Booking Flights

712
shares
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
+

Travel Hacks

1. Sign Up for Email Alerts

Prices change…a lot. How much? Sometimes as much as 3 times per day. Sign up to newsletters and deals from your favourite airlines to find out about sales in advance. Also consider signing up for price alerts to monitor a particular flight route and see when the price fluctuates to ensure you book at the cheapest price.

2. Know the best time to buy

6-8 weeks out of the fly date is usually the best time to buy (with an exception for flash sales and deals).

3. …Except for Holiday Travel

Planning to travel at peak holiday season? Plan no more. Act now. Book those tickets ASAP. Seriously, run to the checkout with those tickets. There’s no time to spare. Are you booking yet? You should be.

4. Travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Flying mid-week is usually the cheapest time of the week to fly. And the most expensive? Sundays. Don’t travel on Sundays if money is a consideration as this is usually the most expensive day to fly.

5. Buy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

But what about knowing when to buy? Mid-week is more often than not the best day of the week to purchase flight tickets.

6. Use an Incognito Browser

Ever searched for a flight, returned to re-search the same flight a few days later and seen a massive price hike? It’s true, your search history can be monitored by airlines. To avoid price hikes, use a private window in your browser to search undetected.

7. Compare all of your options

Its no secret I’m an avid user of the website Skyscanner when booking and comparing flights – but that’s not to say that I always find the best deal there. While most airlines are on the website with often the best deals, I have on occasion found better deals elsewhere – be it on a different flight comparison website or going through the airline direct. I find the best way to ensure you save THE MOST amount of money is to search on a flight comparison booking engine, then take a look elsewhere to ensure you’re getting the best deal.ย 

8. Travel Off-Season

This is an obvious one, but it saves a lot of money so it is well worth a mention when considering cutting the cost of flights. If you don’t have a destination in mind but can only travel at a particular time of the year, consider that it is always going to be off-season somewhere in the world. Be brave – branch out – and go somewhere new. Experience a city or country when the streets aren’t filled with tourists elbowing one another in the line for an ice cream and trust me, you won’t regret it!

9. Make Stop-Overs

Another great way to save money on flights is to fly in-direct and make one (or multiple) stopovers along the way. This will almost always be cheaper and can sometimes result in an impromptu day-long excursion into a new city or country you haven’t previously explored. Win-Win!

10. Collecting Miles – Yes, No, Maybe!?

Definitely! But should you pay more for a ticket with your preferred airline in exchange for accumulating points? Of course it totally depends on your personal preference. If you have a preferred airline you like to travel with and use your points to upgrade your seats (assuming you travel a lot), then it is definitely a good idea to stay loyal. However if you’re looking to save the most money, consider flying with cheaper airlines and going for the ‘best deal’ each time, rather than relying on points systems.

 

 

Over to you – how do you save money when booking flights!? Are there anyย hacks for booking flightsย you’d like to share??

 

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

November 29, 2014

RELATED POSTS

65 Comments

  1. elina2012.ponting@gmail.com'

    Elina ponting

    August 21, 2015

    The tips are very helpful. Keep sharing.

  2. vadjaka@gmail.com'

    Vadims

    August 11, 2015

    I usually check several comparison website for the best deal but you should be careful and read review about the airlines and also you should read the conditions! It is a must-do if you do not want to spoil your experience!

  3. vguffey@gmail.com'

    Vicki

    June 18, 2015

    Great ideas! The incognito browser will become my new bff. Thank you for keeping my brain functioning.

  4. dupont.n89@gmail.com'

    The Southern Adventurer

    May 3, 2015

    Great tips. I’ve tried to use them before but I always get nervous about waiting 6 to 8 weeks to buy my plane ticket. I always end up buying my plane ticket 5 months in advance! Thanks for sharing!

    – The Southern Adventurer

  5. admin@stluciafreedomholidays.com'

    Martin

    March 5, 2015

    Great tips for booking flights. I will use them in future. I had no idea Tuesday and Wednesday were the best day to book. Thanks!

  6. info@camchowda.com'

    Cam Chowda

    January 14, 2015

    I am all about saving miles, so I can travel even more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. alexdugbol@gmail.com'

    DoggyBolly

    December 13, 2014

    GoogleFlights is great too for the map option. You can see airports all over the world and get a wide idea of the prices. Merry travels Brooke. Alex, Quรฉbec City. (you should come btw :))

  8. 100onlinesearch@gmail.com'

    Sarfarosh

    December 4, 2014

    These are some thing really helpful tips, the one I get the most out of however is collecting miles โ€“ best thing ever!! http://www.nrg9.com/

  9. pavel.polukhin@gmail.com'

    Pavel

    December 3, 2014

    It is very good travel tips for new travelers and I think most of then will use it. Thank you Brook for your great work. I think travel in Saturday is not cheap but you change my opinion.

  10. erinklema.travels@gmail.com'

    Erin Klema of Where Erin Goes

    December 3, 2014

    These are great tips, Brooke. I’ve found flying mid-week or on a Saturday to have the best prices, as you mentioned. I’ve also found that when traveling for a long weekend, it can be significantly cheaper to book return flights for Monday rather than Sunday. Also, on flights within the United States, I’ve found it is cheaper to fly direct than to have one or more connecting flights, which is contrary to the thought that inconvenience would cost less. That has held true in my experiences with Delta and Southwest airlines, but again that was strictly for domestic flights within the U.S.

  11. marahowles@gmail.com'

    Marah @ifly.net.au

    December 3, 2014

    Saving money on flights is really a big deal for me, since I regularly travel internationally and domestically. I will try on your suggestions and I hope they all work for me.

  12. Skyenvyblog@gmail.com'

    Sarah

    December 3, 2014

    Thanks for sharing Brooke! I learn from experience. My friend signed up for alerts for the same destination as I did and she saved at least $400 US. I booked way too early and didn’t get the better deal.

  13. christina@cavaforlunch.com'

    Christina - Cavaforlunch.com

    December 3, 2014

    Great tips! And Skyscanner is great, I used it when booking my trip to Argentina in March ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. mersad18@gmail.com'

    Mersad

    December 3, 2014

    Thanks for these tips. I actually needed them now, and will use them for my next trip.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

  15. resy_r@live.nl'

    Resy

    December 2, 2014

    Great tips! Especially the ones for when to buy your ticket and when you fly. I am really going to use them when I am going to buy my ticket to Paris for the start of my Europe vacation this summer

  16. nancydavolio6@gmail.com'

    Best holiday destinations

    December 2, 2014

    Nice tips. thanks for sharing a nice information.

  17. awanderlustblog@OUTLOOK.COM'

    gina

    December 2, 2014

    just spent a tense 10 days trying to book vegas for new year but had to give up as just toooo expensive – should have thought further ahead! http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/kew-gardens-christmas-walk.html

  18. andreaata13@gmail.com'

    Andrea

    December 2, 2014

    My biggest regret is waiting to the last minute to purchase my tickets from Toronto to Berlin for next week. I ended up paying (even with discounts) hundreds more! nomoneywilltravel.com

  19. bec.humm@hotmail.com'

    Bec

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips, Brooke!
    Though I might add, airline websites don’t check your Internet HISTORY per say, rather its your IP address/computer identifier, as your computer saves the cookies from each website. Hence why incognito is a great idea! For iPhone users settings>general>about>advertising>reset advertising identifier.

    Great article!
    Bec

  20. georgiamilton66@gmail.com'

    tenancy cleaners Islington

    December 1, 2014

    Good advices, thak you alot for sharing them! I don’t fly othen so this is in big help for me.

  21. amst24@gmail.com'

    Andrea

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips! I didn’t know that buying tickets mid-week was better!! I’ll definitely pay attention to that from now on. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  22. aearthr@gmail.com'

    Belindq

    December 1, 2014

    Good advice. Will try the incognito mode and also book on mid week. However, not sure why but it is usually the cheapest to travel on Sunday and the most expensive to travel on Friday and Saturday. People can save on their work leaves if travel in weekends.

  23. info@tokyo-direct-guide.com'

    Kozue

    December 1, 2014

    Amazing! Your travel experience told us those tips. I’ll fly on Wednesday next time. Thank you very much!

  24. marieking32@gmail.com'

    Marie @ Marie Away

    December 1, 2014

    Really, I had no idea that it is best to buy mid-week. I never realized it mattered! I definitely have to keep that in mind. Great list! You’ve got a few tips here that will certainly help me out!

    http://www.marieaway.com

  25. heathermccorriston@gmail.com'

    Heather

    December 1, 2014

    Skyscanner is my favourite flight site. I never thought that the days I booked would have an effect on the price and I’ve never thought about incognito browsers either.

    Heather x
    http://heatherrrrm.blogspot.co.uk/

  26. eleftheria_81@yahoo.gr'

    Eleftheria

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Especially No 6 Use an Incognito Browser….
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. victoria.thoo@gmail.com'

    Victoria

    December 1, 2014

    A nice roundup of tips!

  28. marcello.marchioli@gmail.com'

    Marcello Marchioli

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips Brooke. I use Skyscanner for when I booked return flights to Hawaii or Thailand so I could judge the price of internal flights as I didn’t want to lock them in before getting to the country. But its a super quick way to check and become familiar with your options and helps budget those costs.
    http://www.travellerstalesblog.com/thailand-adventure/

  29. blog@pedrorichardson.com'

    Pedro @travelwithpedro

    December 1, 2014

    I also use Skyscanner a lot! I’ve found great bargains there, like Tbilisi-London, via Qatar, for only ยฃ100.Of course, with a nice stopover in Doha – is that anything better than adding an unexpected destination in your itinerary? ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. thetravelixir@gmail.com'

    Raza

    December 1, 2014

    A great and useful post! I’ve heard that Tuesdays are the cheapest days to buy tickets. Thanks for sharing!

    I wrote a post on how to deal with a cancelled flight. Take a look on my site ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.thetravelixir.com

    Raza

  31. lamb_4444@hotmail.com'

    EmilyAnne

    December 1, 2014

    Great advice, Thanks! http://www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

  32. nomadnotebook@gmail.com'

    Lizzy

    December 1, 2014

    I also swear by Skyscanner!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  33. christine.suffredini@gmail.com'

    Christine

    December 1, 2014

    These are great tips! I didn’t know which day of the week was best to buy. And as for loyalty programs, I think that it depends on how far you’re flying. If it’s a 5,000 mile flight I’d be more likely to pay extra for my loyalty miles program than for only 1,000 miles because you get more payoff.

    http://awayfromthesafeharbor.blogspot.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-roadtrips.html

  34. susannamolson@att.net'

    Susanna

    December 1, 2014

    Hmm. Great tips. I’ll definitely be keeping them in mind as I plan my February UK tour. I had never heard of airlines tracking searches, that’s a bit scary.

  35. chictherapyonline@gmail.com'

    chictherapyonline

    December 1, 2014

    Wow!Great tips!!

  36. caitrionatighe12345@gmail.com'

    Caitriona Tighe

    December 1, 2014

    wow great tips. I never knew that Sunday was the most expensive day to fly and I never knew about the stop overs ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Caitriona Tighe

  37. highheelsandtutus@gmail.com'

    Jodi

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips, I just love your blog and all of your travel advice.

    Kate Spade handbag giveaway on the blog right now, come check it out.

    xx, Jodi
    http://highheelsandtutus.com

  38. nonstopfromJFK@gmail.com'

    Kate @ NonstopfromJFK

    December 1, 2014

    So interesting to see you mention the incognito browser!! I’ve wondered that myself in the past without actually looking up if it’s true… I would think “it’s like they KNOW I want to book that flight and hike up the prices”… but I guess it’s true. Incognito browser only from now on. Thanks for this advice.

  39. thetouristoflife@gmail.com'

    yvonnelaura

    December 1, 2014

    Great article, thanks for the tips Brooke!

  40. mackan.ae@gmail.com'

    Marcus

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips! Had no idea that the prices often are cheaper on some certain days! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Aagodoy2@gmail.com'

    Andres

    December 1, 2014

    Nomadic Matt’s book on Travel Hacking is the best guide I’ve ever read on this subject.

  42. madetotravelblog@gmail.com'

    Hannah

    December 1, 2014

    Skyscanner is the best, I love how you can put in your departure city and select to “everywhere”. Its great being an expat in Berlin I am constantly using this feature because lets face it as Australian’s living in Europe we want to just go everywhere ๐Ÿ˜›

  43. annarice23@gmail.com'

    Anna // The Blonde Banana

    December 1, 2014

    For Americans, there’s a blog called The Flight Deal that posts really good deals on airfare. If you happen to be checking it at the right moment, you can often get an incredible bargain!

  44. bohemianjourneys@gmail.com'

    Cheyenne

    December 1, 2014

    This are some really helpful tips, the one I get the most out of however is collecting miles – best thing ever!!

    xx Cheyenne
    http://www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

  45. foreverdigital@gmail.com'

    Jenn

    December 1, 2014

    I’m also obsessed with SkyScanner. I compare it against the ITA Matrix pretty often, just to see if I can sneak in a fun layover. I also try to book through Expedia as much as I can that way I can get both my frequent flyer miles from my airline AND Expedia rewards points. It doesn’t exactly save my money immediately, but it will in the long run when I have a second stash of points to dip into ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. travellinglemons@gmail.com'

    Josy

    December 1, 2014

    Thanks for those tips! They’re really helpful ๐Ÿ™‚
    I always try to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday myself, it’s really a lot cheaper. I was looking for flights from Berlin to Dublin last month and booked my flight on a Wednesday – and even with the cost of the flight plus hostel plus some money for food and leisure it was still cheaper than flying the next day, on a Thursday!

  47. mshaileymallow@gmail.com'

    Hailey Mallow

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips!! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for travelling in Canada? (ie. which airlines offer the best deals)!!
    Love your Blog!!!

    http://haileysworkshop.blogspot.ca/2014/11/christmas-wish-list.html

  48. mshaileymallow@gmail.com'

    Hailey Mallow

    December 1, 2014

    Great tips!! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for travelling in Canada? (ie. which airlines offer the best deals)!!
    Love your Blog!!!

    http://haileysworkshop.blogspot.ca

  49. thedameintl@gmail.com'

    The Dame

    December 1, 2014

    Brooke, two things, firstly, do you know about Chris Guillebau’s travel hack books to collect miles and so on? Def. check out since you’re a frequent traveler.

    Also, the VAT laws for digital products like e-books is changing on the 1st Jan, you will have to get Vat registered and charge VAT to anyone in the EU (and prove they’re in the EU). There’s a Facebook group all about it called Digital VAT 2015. Lot’s of people don’t know about it and there is a lengthy discussion going on with HMRC at the moment. ANY country selling to the EU has to pay VAT. It is convoluted and ridiculous but its happening, unfortunately.

  50. charliejeanmarchant@gmail.com'

    Charlie

    December 1, 2014

    The Tues/Weds booking thing has always made a difference for me – sometimes as much as ยฃ200! – I’ve not browsed incognito, though usually would browse on my laptop and then switch to my partner’s laptop to buy tickets and because we’d see they were less then. Great tips, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. litonkrl@gmail.com'

    LITONKRL

    December 1, 2014

    So helpful post! I am 100% sure it will help to the new tourist to booking ticket. Thanks for the wonderful post.

  52. thejessjway@gmail.com'

    The Jess J Way

    December 1, 2014

    The incognito browser tip is a must! x

    http://www.thejessjway.com

  53. info@herdesignworld.com'

    Shumi Perhiniak

    November 30, 2014

    Thanks for sharing Brooke, useful tips. Also if you can try and fly out early mornings, its so much cheaper.

    http://www.herdesignworld.com

  54. racheloliver93@live.com'

    Rachel

    November 30, 2014

    great tips, i want to go travelling for the first time next summer so i’ll definitely take these tips on board. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rachel // Style Soup

  55. dehizzy@yahoo.com'

    De'Jav

    November 30, 2014

    Great tips going back to the basics.

  56. share@flyingthenest.tv'

    Jessica Valentine

    November 30, 2014

    Great tips Brooke ๐Ÿ™‚

Comments are closed.