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How to Find Cheap Flights: The Ultimate Guide

Who loves travelling? Probably, everyone. If you want to save on your budget, we have some tips for you. Here's how to find the cheapest flights to anywhere in the world. 


1. Be flexible

This is the way most people approach getting a flight: 

  1. Pick where they want to go
  2. Pick their dates
  3. See what prices are available

Typically this results in high prices.

Instead, if getting a cheap flight is your priority, flip that approach:

  1. See what prices are available via Google FlightsMomondo, etc. to various places are around the world
  2. Decide which of the cheap destinations appeal to you
  3. Select the dates you like that have cheap fares available

Be flexible with where and when to go. If you’ve picked out your destination, picked out your dates, and don’t have flexibility, 95% of what you can do to bring down the cost of airfare is already out the window. Flexibility is king. Plus, as we'll discuss below, once you get to Europe or Asia or wherever, it’s really easy to hop a budget flight to your final destination.


2. Cross the ocean as cheaply as possible

If you want to get the cheapest flights possible, focus on getting the cheapest fares across the ocean, even if it’s not from your home airport or to your ultimate destination. 

Two itineraries are frequently cheaper than one. Plus you can stay and explore another city for as long or short as you like.


3. Avoid peak travel months

In North America and Europe, the cheapest time of year to fly is usually:

  • January through mid-May
  • September through early December

The most expensive time to fly is usually:

  • Peak summer: mid-June through mid-August
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve

It will also vary a bit by the specific destination, especially around popular festivals. Fares to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day or to China for Chinese New Year aren’t cheap.


4. Know the best time to book cheap flights

We typically recommend booking when you see a great fare 1-3 months in advance for domestic flights and 2-8 months in advance for international flights. 


5. Travel on the cheapest days

What are the cheapest days to travel? In general Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the cheapest days to travel. Friday and Sunday are usually the most expensive days.


6. Use the best tools to search for flights 

Our three favorite tools to search for flights are Google FlightsPriceline, and Momondo. There are also some more complex ones like the ITA MatrixSkyScanner, and various plugins, but for most folks Google Flights, Priceline, and Momondo are plenty.


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