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Ultimate List Of Hacks & Tips To Book The Cheapest Flight Ticket Possible
Plan your stay like a pro. Learn Hacks,Tips & unique ways to book super cheap flight tickets with Hippiebaba. Travel Hippie To Be Happy.
1. BOOK EARLY, THE MOST PREDICTABLE ADVICE
Usually, Flight ticket price increases significantly during the last three weeks before departure. Hippies believe that the safest time to get the best rates is within 3 Months to 30 days pre-departure. Booking early also helps you chose your favourite seat. Moreover, it also gives you an opportunity to set Price Alerts so that you get notified when prices dip in future.
2. USE PRICE PREDICTOR ALGORITHM OF TRAVEL SEARCH ENGINES
Some travel search engines like Google Flights have a price predictor algorithm which analyzes past trends to anticipate future movement in ticket prices.Though they are not 100% accurate, still they give you a hint towards probable price movement.
3. KEEP YOUR SEARCHES TOP SECRET
Companies were always smart. But some of them have become over-smart nowadays. When you repeatedly search for a particular route on your web browser, then this information gets stored in your computer in form of cookies. As a result, when you search for that particular route again, carrier shows you much higher price in order to scare you to buy a ticket. Remember this: Always search incognito.
4. HAVE FLEXIBLE TRAVEL PLANS
Have you observed that fight ticket prices are at the lowest during mid-week and on actual holidays? This is because fewer people travel on these days, thus lowering demand which propels carriers to reduce price.
5. FLY TO ANOTHER NEARBY AIRPORT
Personally tried and tested. Works like a charm. See what happens is that flight tickets are always at prime demand between two big cities. This makes them costly. So it makes sense to book a ticket to an airport of nearby city, one which is closest to your destination. It’s price will always be much much lower than the other one.
6. BOOK A CONNECTING FLIGHT
Connecting flights are always cheaper than non-stop flights. You can set the flight itinerary as non-stop, 1 stop or 2+ stops during your flight search. Also, amongst the available connecting flight options, choose the one involving mixed carriers. They should be priced lower.
7. TAKE FLIGHTS AT ODD HOURS
During odd hours, demand for tickets is lower using above logic. This leads to drop in ticket prices.
8. CONSIDER SMALLER CARRIERS
Big carriers have greater reach than the smaller ones. But they are more expensive too. Hence, if option of a smaller airline is available for your trip, then go pick that one. It should be cheaper.
9. CHECK OUT PRICE FROM ONLINE TRAVEL PORTALS
Before directly booking with the airline, once check out the price from any Online travel Portal. Sometimes they have a scheme going on, whereby they provide tickets at rates cheaper than the one provided by actual airline themselves.
10. AVOID BAGGAGE FEES
There are several ways to do so. You can fly with an airline that doesn’t charge for checked baggage. This facility is also provided by some online credit cards.
11. USE CREDIT CARD/WALLET/POINTS/MOBILE APPS TO PAY FOR YOUR TICKET
This way you earn points which can be redeemed in future for similar purchase. This is better than paying in cash/internet banking/web browser, where you get no extra value in return for payment.
12. BOOK TWO SINGLE FLIGHTS IN PLACE OF ONE RETURN FLIGHT
This way you get more points and cashback than you would have got on booking one return flight. Yes, you cheat the system, but this is not immoral, just smart work.
13. GO FOR NON REFUNDABLE TICKETS
It's an unsaid rule that non refundable tickets are always priced cheaper than the refundable ones. So, Hippies like you and me can sometimes avail this feature if we are sure about our trip.
14. FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAMME
It's a type of loyalty programme in which whenever you travel through a particular airline, points are credited to your account. These points can later be used to buy flight tickets of the same airline in future.