Are you looking for flight hacks to find cheap flights?
Great – I’ve got a list of them right here!
Read on to find some great tips to help you save money.
1. Flight Hacks – Search Everywhere from Starting Airport
How do I find the best cheap flights?
If you are completely flexible about where you want to go you can find the best cheap flights by searching ‘everywhere’ or ‘anywhere’ from your preferred departure airport. Using larger airports with more flights will help you to find the best deals.
The reason this is top of my list of flight hacks is that it is one of my favourite ways to search for flights!
Skyscanner is my go to search engine for flights because I like the everywhere feature it has. Searching Everywhere is one of my favourite flight hacks to find a bargain.
Given that London Gatwick is one of the easier airports for me to get to from the Highlands of Scotland so I often start my flight search from there.
I set the ‘from’ to London Gatwick. I set the ‘destination’ to Everywhere.
I use a one way search as one way tickets are often cheaper.
In the date box I select ‘whole month’ and then click ‘cheapest month’
This then shows me a list of all the places I can fly to from London Gatwick and the cheapest prices for those destination.
Searching in this way generally brings up loads of flights for under £25 and £50.
You click into the country to get the flight information for destinations within that country.
You then click further get a calendar view of the cheapest month. In this case the cheapest month is March. The prices in green are the cheapest departures.
Click on the dates you would like to depart and return (if booking return flight). You will then see a box which gives total price at the bottom of the page.
Finally when you click on the Find Flights button you will be taken to the last page which will give the flight details. There will be various options but the cheapest flight is generally show first. (This is not always the fastest flight)
In this case you can see that the cheapest flight is flying out on Easyjet at 15.00 and returning on Wizz Air at 19.25. Not bad flight times for £31!
2. Flight Hacks – Reverse Flight Search
Reverse search is simply a search where you start from the destination you want to visit and find out which routes fly there. Then you use the routes you have found to plan your outward flights.
This is one of my favourite flight hacks because it often shows me cheap routes and gives me a way of making a nice two trip destination.
Below is a search I did for finding ways to get to Seville, as it is somewhere I have been wanting to visit for a while.
I put Seville in as the destination and Everywhere as the destination.
You can see in the flight results that there are cheap flights to Seville from the UK, and there is also a cheap flight from Morocco. That could mean a great trip option which combines Morocco and Seville for example.
There are usually lots of destinations to give some travel inspiration ideas!
The widget below also shows flight costs to Seville from various destinations.
3. Flight Hacks – Hub Airport Searches
Around the world there are various hub airports which serve as major connecting points for a large number of flights. These often have great value flights. Flying via hub airports is another of my favourite flight hacks because it can also get you to different destinations and give you ideas for trips.
Here is a search I did flying from Amsterdam.
I set the ‘from’ to Amsterdam
I set the destination to ‘Everywhere’
I set it to a one way flight
I set the date to ‘whole month’ and then selected ‘cheapest month’
As you can see there are some great flights to some interesting places – this screenshot shows Albania, Georgia, Kosovo, Jordona etc.
This is also a great way of putting together a two destination trip.
Istanbul is another hub airport. Here are just a few of the countries that you can fly to with some prices. As you can see flying to Istanbul could be a cheaper way to reach destinations such as Turkmenistan.
Azerbaijan is on the list for £45. It was this search that gave me the travel inspiration to put together a two destination trip. I spent 3 nights in Istanbul and then headed off to Baku. I did the whole trip, which included 3 flights each way and all accommodation for 7 nights for less than £400.
Hub airports include;
- London Heathrow
- Los Angeles
Top Tip: You don’t need a visa to fly through Russian airports if you are only transiting through the airport. This can mean cheap flights to places that were previously part of the Soviet Union for example.
Here is another search tool to do a reverse search. This shows cheapest flight prices from Istanbul to UK
4. Flight Hacks – Kayak Explore Budget Search
I really like the Kayak Explore feature. This is one of my favourite flight hacks for finding out how far I could get on my budget.
It allow you to select your starting airport and get prices for the cheapest flights which are shown on a world map.
This is a good way to get some travel inspiration.
You can also refine your search by setting a budget and seeing how far you can travel for that budget.
I have searched flights from London Gatwick.
The destination is set to everywhere.
The date is set to anytime.
I have set the trip length to anywhere between 1 and 4 days and the budget to £100.
You can zoom in and out, plus move the map to see more destinations. By moving I can see that there is a flight for £55 to Tel Aviv – a bargain!
At the bottom of the map are also some suggested trips. Kayak finds the cheapest flight prices and puts them together. Crazily you can take a 3 night trip to Vienna in April for £14.
5. Flight Hacks – Hopper App
This is a great app where you can research flight options.
It is only available as an app.
There are two main reasons I like Hopper;
- You can set an alert for a route which will let you know about prices
- When you research a route and look at the prices the app tells you if the price is likely to reduce or increase which is useful
6. Flight Hacks – Check Package Deals
It’s always worth checking whether flights and hotels booked separately are cheaper than package deal options.
Loveholidays is a great package site, with some helpful search options.
You can include or exclude destinations to search for an include things review rating, budget plus lots of facilities.
Unlike some sites it stores your search criteria when you are searching different destinations which helps save time.
The other thing I like about Loveholidays is that the flight information is clear and there are plenty of options for changing the included flights, again with clear pricing.
I looked at Seville for flights above so I did a comparison of Seville packages.
There is no option to search by cheapest month but you can set the search to a whole month which will find the best price. You can also select your trip length.
In this search I chose a 4 day trip length. As you can see there are some nice options coming in at ?138 for 4 nights including flights.
I did a quick check of flights to Seville on those dates from any London airports and got Ryanair flights for £41. That means 4 nights accommodation comes in at ?97 cheaper by booking a package. (The flights for the package deal are the same flights). It’s always worth checking!
7. Flight Hacks Bonus
Easyjet have a great function to find cheap flights on their website.
To find it hover over the Flight Info option and you will get a drop down list that looks like this.
In the middle column go down to the line that says Cheap Flights. Click on that and you will go the cheap flight finder page. You have to scroll down a little bit to find a box where you enter your starting airport, as shown below.
You enter your starting airport and you will then get a box showing all the destinations that Easyjet flies to from that airport. You then scroll through the destinations to find the one you want to fly to.
Once you have selected your destination you will see a calendar which shows the cheapest prices each month of the year. Once you select the month you wish to travel a box will open up below showing the prices for each day of the month.
It can take a bit of getting used to in terms of searching, but it’s a great way to find cheap dates to fly.
8. Flight Hacks – Another Bonus!
If you click on the Easyjet Flight Info as detailed above, and go to the second column you will also see an option called ‘Inspire Me’.
You simply put where you would like to fly from, what season you would like to go, what type of trip you would like and your budget and you will get some Easyjet options as shown in the image below.
9. Flight Hacks – Another Option!
You can also try using flight search tools such as the ones below. The map search has some great flight deals. Just hover over the prices for more information on the flights, and click to learn more.
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