Cheap Flights

Cheap Flights – How To Find the Best Deals

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My first site for cheap flights is Skyscanner.

I love the ability to search ‘everywhere’ and by selecting ‘whole month’ and then ‘cheapest month’ in the search options you get cheap flight options for up to a year ahead. I use this to give me some of ideas for new places to visit and what time of year to plan my trips around. You do have to select your starting airport but you can select ‘all London’ airports for example rather than just a specific airport.

I also use Skyscanner as a reverse search option when trying to plan how to get to places because it will show what airlines fly in and out of an airport and what sort of times their flights are.

If you know where you want to fly from and to there is a great search calendar below that will show you when cheap flights can be found through the whole year.

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Travel Inspiration

If I want to see what sort of cheap flights there are for my travel budget there is a great feature on Kayak called Explore.

You select your flight duration, budget, location (although there is an anywhere option) and your date and time (although there is an anytime option. This then shows you where your travel budget can take you and you click on the destinations to get the details of flights etc.

Easyjet has an Inspire Me section on their website which can offer some good cheap flights inspiration too!

Often a calendar search will give me some ideas and I then start to narrow down my options using a variety of search tools like a reverse search – to find out where it is cheaper to fly from.

The longest flight in the world is from Newark (US) to Singapore. It’s 18.5 hours long

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Budget Airlines Not Always the Cheapest Flights

When comparing cheap flights you need to ensure you are comparing like for like.

For budget airlines where you have to pay extra for luggage, seats etc you need to ensure that these are all included when comparing to other airlines. In my experience non ‘budget’ airlines can often work out cheaper or better value.

If you are making flight connections bear in mind that if you book flights between two separate airlines if there are any delays on the first flight and you miss your connection you will have to pay for another flight.

However, if the flights are with the same airline it would be the airline that would then bear the cost of getting you to your destination.

Often if you are taking connecting flights with the same airline you can check our luggage from your first airport through to you final destination which can be really handy.

Recently I travelled from Inverness to Istanbul with British Airways. I took British Airways flights all the way through, my luggage was checked right through and the total cost was £120.

When I am looking to plan travel I often look at hub airports to find a way to get cheap flights and fly some interesting routes. Istanbul is a good hub to get onto further places such as Azerbaijan for example.

My flight from Istanbul to Baku was £35 on Buta Airways including luggage. My flight from London to Istanbul was £50 with British Airways including luggage.

Hub Airports

Hub airport can often offer cheap flights by connecting to a great deal of destinations.

Hubs/Connecting Airports include;

  • Dublin Airport – this is also one of the few airports that has US security clearance meaning once you have cleared security in Dublin you are free to go straight through on landing in the US. 
  • Iceland – they have some great flight deals to the US
  • Schiphol, Amsterdam – there are loads of connections from here and this is also one of my favourite airports. If you have a long layover check out their ‘behind the scenes’ airport tour. It’s very popular as I’ve never managed to make it there. They also have nice shopping areas, a working area with plenty of sockets and desk space and a place where you can get massages. I had a 7 hour layover here once and nearly missed my onward connection because I was having such a nice time!
  • Kiev – whilst this is a relatively small airport it has connections to some interesting Soviet Union destinations so routing via here might work out cheaper overall.
  • Istanbul – already mentioned but worth highlighting again as the new airport is massive so more capacity will be added.
  • Moscow – there are lots of great flights to all sorts of interesting places through Moscow. You don’t need a Russian visa if you are just transiting through the airport and you remain the transit area. Brilliant!

Hopper​

If you are also fans of apps then Hopper is a handy app for checking cheap flights.

You enter details of your journey and it tells you if the flight price is likely to go up or down. You can monitor your flight details and find the best prices.

​Ticket Release and Sales

Martin Lewis’s fab Moneysavingexpert site has this brilliant list of airlines and when they release their seats – really helpful if you are able to plan ahead.

It gives you the maximum chance of getting cheap flight deals!

Conclusion

A bit of research and know how can bag you some cheap flight deals, helping you make the most of your holiday budget.

Booking last minute isn’t always the best idea and budget airlines are not always the budget option when you compare all the extra costs.

Check out the tools below to help you search for flights in a variety of different ways!

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Search by Map to Find Cheapest Destinations from Your Starting Airport

This is from London as an illustration, use the search box and then click map view.

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Search by Route to Find The Cheapest Cost

If you know where you want to fly from and to find the cheapest flight by seeing all the airlines that flight, cheapest dates and times. This is set from London to Bangkok as an illustration.

Search by Route to Destination to Find the Cheapest Route

This is one of my favourite ways to search if I have an idea of where I want to do. It often then helps me to put a trip together by flying an interesting route and including a stopover.

This is how I found a very cheap flight from Istanbul to Baku and the 2 destinations into one trip for example.

This is set to Hong Kong but you can easily search anywhere using the search box below.

Flight Search

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