Who doesn’t like a bargain? Everyone is always on the lookout for the best flight deals and cheapest way to travel, and luckily there are many sources to help you. If you search online then you will find sites that offer handpicked deals, which include flights, hotels and even transfers. We were curious to see how one of the market-leaders, TravelTwix, get these cheap holidays and they offered us the following tips:
Search in private mode
It will come to no surprise that the internet knows and remembers everything you do. So when you search for a holiday destination once, your browser will remember this and bump up the prices next time you search! If you open a window in private browsing mode, you’re searches will be kept secret and you can have a look around the internet without seeing the prices go up. How to turn on private browsing? In Google Chrome or Safari you do this by hitting Command (Control on PC), Shift + ‘N’. In Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer you hit Command (or Control), Shift + ‘P’.
Tip: your browser history and cookies are reset every time you close your window, so close down your window after every search and open a new private window when you want to continue to keep those prices low!
Search on old device
Just like your browser being able to see what you search for, it can see how you search. On what device, on what browser and more. If you search from an old device (get that old, dusty phone out from that cupboard!) and an older version of your browser, prices are adjusted to this. You will see a price decrease, which is just what we look for!
Be flexible with dates, times and airlines
If you are looking for the cheapest deal, you can’t be too picky. Flying on Friday is of course most expensive, so if you can avoid this day you are likely to get a cheaper deal. It is quite well-known that flying on Tuesday is cheapest. Additionally, being flexible with times pays off as well. Getting up at 4am might not be the most relaxed start of your holiday, but it will save a significant amount of pennies to spend on your time away! Finally, budget airlines are obviously the best way to save money. If you show flexibility by not booking the premium airline, you will cut down on costs.
Book connecting flights yourself
If you are looking for a holiday that needs a connecting flight, it will be more cost-efficient to book the first and second leg separately. For example, if you are lucky enough to book a flight to Sydney, you will need a stopover. If you book both these flights separately, you can save yourself some money. Again, flexibility is key here. Sometimes a later flight might be cheaper and it might save money by waiting longer for your second trip. Why not book your connecting flight a bit later and enjoy your stopover city for a day? This means you don’t have to wait in the airport and gives you time to see an extra city!
Don’t book directly through the airline, use search engines
This is undoubtedly the most used travel-tip already. Search engines and flight booking sites get together all the best ways for you to travel and with options to search for both cheapest and fastest, you can optimise your holiday and get the best deal possible. Try a combination of search engines and see which one comes up with the best deal. Review SkyScanner, Google Flights and Trivago before booking to make sure you really are getting the cheapest deal!