In this post, I intend to share my secrets of how to find the cheapest flights. The answer for this question is somehow so simple, but at the same time it’s based on some mathematical procedure. The golden rule is first of all, to have a flexible schedule for getting cheapest flights. If you really need to go to a place in a particular day, then you better find a sponsor for yourself:)
A Short History of How I learned to Fly Low Budget
My trips to abroad has started exactly 8 years ago. At that time, social media was not so much in our lives and technological facilities were more limited, so most of us weren’t traveling this much. Nowadays, through the inspiration of the bloggers, travelers, and the help of technological applications that make us feel safe everywhere we go, we started traveling more.
In my first trips, I used to be again a sensitive individual regarding flight costs 🙂 So, I had chosen my credit card in order to buy flight tickets with the miles I had been saving. I don’t even remember how many times I booked a flight with my miles.
My first solo trip was back in 7 years. Even without any experience of domestic flights, I was almost missing my flight to London which cost an astronomical amount, because of going to the gate as like catching a bus. I went to London for an intense language course for 4 weeks. Of course it was for work, for my career. How could I have known that those days would open my eyes and prepare me for today. I remember very well, how I saw the last call and ran to the gate. Oh, waow! How come this girl could know that she needed to be at the gate on boarding time:)
Back in the days, my friend… So for the last couple years I can’t calculate ho much time I spent at airports. For instance, these words are written at Sharjah Airport, United Arab Emirates. The reason is easy to guess; budget!
So in this post, I’ll give you a little trick on how to find the cheapest flights. Are you ready?
There are a few travel agencies that are my favorites. First of all, I always check www.kiwi.com. Because when the map is opened with kiwi, I can see the cheapest flight on the calendar and I usually find the cheapest ticket here. Sometimes I use it not to find the cheapest ticket, but also to set a route.
There are a few options to find a cheap flight:
- You can book a direct flight
- You can book your connecting flight from the flight company you know.
- You can book your direct or connecting flight from the travel agency you know.
- You can book a direct or connecting flight on a flight company which you search on the travel agency and find out the cheapest flight. Then, you go their website and compare the prices. Sometimes, it’s cheaper. This way, you can check the flight companies which are flying the destination you want to go.
- You can book your own connecting flight without a connection. So, finding the cheapest options on cheapest destinations. And leaving at least 5-6 hours in case of a delay on your first flight.
Now, I would like to explain these tips through some real examples on how to find the cheapest flight:
Example 1: Assuming that I’m looking for flights from Istanbul to Delhi on kiwi.com. So I see that the cheapest flight from Istanbul to Delhi is with a layover in Dubai. But still, it’s not the amount I would like to book. Then what I do next? For the dates I want to book my flight, I check all the flight options from Istanbul to Delhi. So I see that from Istanbul to Dubai, the cheapest option is Pegasus Airlines.
The next step is to check flights for Dubai to Delhi. If the travel agency shows me the cheapest flight is with Air Arabia, I directly go to their website to find out how much they charge for the same flight. 2 hours of layover is a bit risky, so I choose the one with 11 hours. In the meantime, I also check the other travel agencies. Sometimes I don’t book the very cheapest one, since I find out that travel agency is not that reliable. So this is another tip you need to check it out.
In this way; I literally booked a flight from Istanbul to Delhi from 2 days in advance for 260 USD. I think it’s not that bad, ha?!
Example 2: I explained in detail how I found the cheapest flight from Istanbul to the Bahamas in “Way to Get to the Bahamas?” and just payed 475USD.
Example 3: In order to fly from Bahamas to Istanbul, I know that I need to fly to somewhere in US or Canada first (I ignore the options for UK, cause they require transit visa from Turks). Since I don’t have visa for Canada, I eliminate those flights first. Then I see direct flights from Miami to Istanbul is like 1000 USD. Bahamas to Miami or Fort Lauderdale is about 150-200 USD.
After this short research, I start searching the cheapest place that I can fly from US to back home. Then, here comes New York! Again it’s a connecting flight! But here again I need to be careful regarding the flights from the US to Europe whether I need a transit visa for one of the Schengen Countries. Which can be a burden for me.
On the website of the travel agency, I find that when the connection is from one of the Schengen countries the price becomes 250 USD. On the other hand, New York- Kiev (Ukraine), Kiev- Istanbul flight is around 270USD. And I know that Ukraine doesn’t require visa for Turkish Citizens. Boom!
In conclusion, I booked a flight from Bahamas to New York on kiwi.com for 250USD. I stopped at the airport for 6 hours -because it wasn’t connected-. Then, I booked another flight from New York to Istanbul with a connection in Kiev from Ukrainian International Airlines which I saw the perfect price on the travel agency and then checked their website for a cheapest price. In this way I payed 270USD from New York to Istanbul. Thus, in total Bahamas-Istanbul cost me 520USD.
Example 4: This example represents a bad experience:/ You can find out how I stuck in Morocco because of the lack of knowledge and experience while I was booking my flight. Here you go: http://www.journalofayogini.com/travel-stories.html
It seems like I prove that I am still a Statistician since I check every possibility:) So if you have some kind of difficulty to find the best price, I would be appreciated to help you .
Have a safe, joyful and cheap flight!
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