I don’t think there is anything more frustrating that trying to find the cheapest flights available. I don’t think I have ever managed to book a flight and been completely satisfied. It’s a constant gamble! Do you leave it until last minute, do you book in advance or do you just book it when you want?
In truth, there isn’t really a best time in my opinion as there is no guarantee, it could go up, could go down, or could stay the same. The only thing we do have control over is the price we pay at the time.
There are numerous sites out there that claim to be the best and the cheapest but the fact is, not one of them can be solely relied upon. Every blog I read pointed me in the direction of Skyscanner which I agree is a good site but it isn’t the only site and it pays to invest some time!
I am sure you have heard the tricks of clearing cookies and history between searches on the computer and this really does help to ensure you secure the lowest price.
Skyscanner is the main website but as mentioned, but it isn’t always cheaper and isn’t the only answer. A great website and an even better app. If you are flexible on date, time and location, this is an even better app to use.
Most search engines provide you with the option to search different, times and airports but Skyscanner gives you full control over your searches and shows you options you didn’t even think of. For example, rather than specifying an airport in a country, just enter the country and the app will search all available airports so if you are not set on a particular destination or departure airport, its great. If you are, you can of course still input the exact airports.
What’s even better is it offers more flexibility than the usual +/- 3 days, you are able to see the varying month by month prices which you can use to plan your trip if you are really flexible with your time. On the app itself, there is a colour coded chart on the dates; Red shows the pricier flights, yellow is average price and green gives you the go ahead to book it! It’s a great way to plan when to leave for your next destination, just make sure it ties in with your visa’s, the last thing you want to do is overstay!
There is also the awesome feature of search everywhere, now that really does give you some great options and if you’re travelling all over the world, this can be a great option. The only thing to bear in mind is what is happening in the country of choice and when. I have had numerous occasions where I have arrived just before or just after a major festival. There is no nothing worse.
When we were booking our flights to Australia, we used a website called Gotogate. This was £22 cheaper each for our trip which will start to add up. As much as I love Skyscanner, it pays to continue to shop around. When there are such good comparison sites, it is easier to be complacent and lazy, one search, loads of websites checked, must be the cheapest. But it isn’t. Make sure you check out Skyscanner, Gotogate and Kayak. Chances are, the cheapest flight will be in one of those search engines but again don’t be lazy. Also, consider cashback accounts such as Quidco, we love using this and Expedia is featured on this website. Sometimes, with the cash back it will work out cheaper to buy from Expedia through Quidco.