The Professional Traveller • Aug 28, 2020+Add Section
Flight Hacks for Finding Bargains
OK so I may have mentioned once or twice already that I love a travel bargain because it helps make my budget go further.
Getting a great flight deal is always great and I am going to run you through the steps I use to find good flight options and bargains.
1. Search Everywhere from Starting Airport
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 eaiser 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 to get the flight timings.
2. Skyscanner Reverse 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.
There are also cheap flights from lots of different places to Seville which then gives some interesting ideas about a combination trip.
For example when I looked at the flights from Italy to Seville there was a flight from Venice to Seville for £12. That is potentially a nice trip combination.
3. Skyscanner Hub Airport Searches
Around the world there are various hub airport 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.
I have been planning on visiting Georgia for a while and this is a great price option.
Kiev is another hub airport and often has some great connections to some different countries. As you can see I did a similar search as above.
This then shows up a whole list of destinations – I have scrolled down to some of the ones that are on my list to visit such as Georgia and there is a great priced flight from Kiev to Azerbaijahn for £43.
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.
4. Kayak Explore Budget Search
I really like the Kayak Explore feature. It is a great hack to find out how a far you go on your 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.
I left all the search options as above but selected March 2021 as the date to get ideas based around when I am interested in taking a trip.
As you can see there are some great options coming up again.
5. 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. Package Deals
I always check flights and hotels booked separately against package deal options.
One of my favourite sites is Holiday Pirates. They have a great selection and I like the search criteria.
You can include or exclude destinations to search for an include things like temperature, review rating etc.
Unlike some sites it stores your search criteria when you are searching different destinations which helps save time.
The other thing I like about Holiday Pirates 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 leave it to any date which will find the best price. You can also select your trip length.
In this search I chose a 4 day trip length.
I sorted the results based on lowest to highest price.
I got a couple of options as follows.
In this case these options don’t work for me as the flights are from London Stansted which I can’t get to that easily from where I live.
There are flights from London Gatwick but these add £60 onto the above costings so make it cheaper to book myself.
However, always good to double check!
That’s everything I do to hunt out great flight deals and help stretch my travel budget to the max.
Do you have some tips that you could share with others? If so pop them in the comments below as I’d love to hear them.
If you are interested in more ideas to find Cheap Flights then check out my dedicated Cheap Flights page. It’s everything I do to find bargains.