How to Find the Best Flight Deals
To be completely honest – I don’t really have any secret, crazy strategies. But I have learned a few tricks and tips over the years. And more often than not, the sites that claim to give you a crazy deal (like 80% off) only do so on certain flights from certain airports to other certain airports between certain dates. If you want to just pick a random flight just to get out of town, then maybe go for it. However, using a deal like that as an actual planning method is not realistic.
For simplicity, I am going to write this section in bullets. There are several different ways to save in terms of “when” to book a flight and “when to travel.” And (of course) there are always exceptions to these rooms. But in general…
- It is cheaper to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday
- It is cheaper to book on Sunday or Tuesday
- Don’t look up the same flight on the same computer or device too many (Google and Airlines track this)
- The prime booking window is 1-3 months before travel
- If you want to get even more specific, here are the best times to book by season:
- Winter: 62 days before
- Spring: 90 days before
- Summer: 47 days before
- Fall: 69 days before
I just use Google Flights – because that is the simplest way to compare different airlines at the same time. Once I compare the different options, I simply go to the corresponding airline’s website and book directly.
The only time that I do not book directly is when I am booking through website or resort that offers a bundle option for hotel and flight at the same time. Usually, you will save significantly by bundling your hotel and flight in the same booking. Places like Orbitz.com are good for bundling hotel and flights. Also, many big resorts (like Sandals) allow you to book your flights on their website. However, I always price doing it together and separately just to be sure I am getting the best deal.
Thanks for reading my “How to Find the Best Flight Deals.” If you have any other specific questions, feel free to ask! This is always a popular question, so I hope this helps you guys.
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If you would like to read more about the booking windows: I got some of my information from Forbes.
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