A pretty common question among everyone who visits this blog is: How to find cheap flights to anywhere? In fact, the main reason why a lot of people that I know don’t travel is that they don’t know how to search for cheap airfare properly or how to find cheap flights to anywhere in the world. It’s for this reason that I decided to give a top 5 basic steps to learn something and make a better search.
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Everyone has their own way to make their searches or search engines that they prefer in order to find cheap flights in the US or to anywhere. Here I try to explain some basic steps that could be applied almost to any engine.
How to Find Cheap Flights to Anywhere: Start with your favorite search engines
I must admit I’ve been testing my cheap flights search skills and searching for cheap tickets to travel to Europe for a long time now. My favorite search engines and the ones I use the most are Skyscanner, Kayak, Google Flights, and Kiwi. In my case, I always start with Skyscanner, since its the one that gives the most options when you’re looking for cheap flights, such as finding flights anywhere from your home airport and the option that allows you to see when you can find the cheapest flight. The other engines I use also helps to do what comes next…
How to Find Cheap Flights to Anywhere: Subscribe to Price Alerts
How to find cheap flights to anywhere? When you subscribe to price alerts you will receive e-mail notifications of the price changes that your flights suffer. This helps to have a record to know when is the best moment to buy this flight. There are some myths that says you should buy on specific days, weeks or months to get a cheap flight.
My experience since I use price alerts is that all these myths are false: I bought a roundtrip ticket from Barcelona to San Juan, Puerto Rico for 399€ (cheapest price registered) a Friday night (when the myth says that Fridays are the worst days to buy and that the best price can be found close to midnight.) I found these flights thanks to Skyscanner price alerts.
How to Find Cheap Flights to Anywhere: Compare search engines
Usually, I compare all the prices that appear in all my search engines. For example: In the case of Kiwi, this one always brings up really good prices because it shows results that include low costs airlines, create its own layovers plus some difficulties making these layovers long sometimes. When you search and compare with other search engines you can consider facts such as if its really worth it to buy a Kiwi cheap flight with all its difficulties or if it is better to pay a little more for your comfort.
How to Find Cheap Flights to Anywhere: Flexibility is the key!
Among the alternatives that search engines such as Google Flights, Kayak, Skyscanner and Kiwi offer you can find how to make your dates or destination flexible. This is one of the reasons why I prefer Skyscanner. On this engine, if I want to find a destination just because I want to travel but I don’t know where I can use the “Anywhere” option and the “Cheapest Month” option to find results that help to save a lot of money.
My advice always is that, if you have some particular dates to travel but you haven’t figured out your destination, use the “Anywhere” option on Skyscanner to know how you can maximize your options and save. In the other case, if you have a dreamed destination you want to visit, you can use the “Cheapest Month” option to know when is the cheapest time to travel there. Doing this, you can make an efective saving plan once you have those cheap tickets.
Airlines have new deals to different destinations everyday. If you sign in to their newsletters, or even better, to their miles programs you will be able to receive all the offers and will have more opportunities to find good cheap flights. Doing this, you will always be updated on the ways to earn miles that help you travel for less or to get upgrades for your flights.
Some of my favorite airlines miles programs are the ones from Avianca, Delta, United, British Airways, Etihad Airways, Air France, Air Malta, and Brussels Airlines (which is part of the Miles and More programs shared with other airlines).