Something I often hear people say as a reason for why they aren’t able to travel is the cost of airfare. Since my family and I are passionate about travel, we have had to get creative over the years when it comes to searching for the best airfare prices. I am constantly looking out for those last minute, too good to pass up deals on flights. Trying to find the cheapest prices can be time consuming and even frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be if you know how to find the best airfare prices in minutes.
How Do You Find The Cheapest Airfare?
Now you may not want to hear this, but finding the cheapest airfare oftentimes comes down to simply being flexible.
- traveling somewhere during their off-peak season
- flying into and out of other airports instead of your local one
- visiting a place that may not have originally been on your bucket list.
5 Ways To Find The Best Airfare Prices
Out of all of the travel questions I am asked, the one I hear most is, where can people find the best airfare prices, without wasting a lot of time.
1. Travel Apps
Use travel apps, especially when looking for flights.
Remember that list of 15 free best travel apps I put together for you? Well, a few of my favorites from that list (Skiplagged, Google Flights and Hopper), are perfect for helping you locate the cheapest places to fly, when and what airline.
They are all very user friendly (Skiplagged is my favorite), and they search a wide variety of airlines websites to find the lowest prices. These apps are timesavers because they help you find the best flights for your money.
You can also set alerts on particular flights to get notified when the price has decreased or increased.
2. Surrounding Airports
Don’t be afraid to check other airports, instead of only sticking to your local airport. This tip has not only saved me a good amount of money over the years, but actually also time too.
By flying out of a surrounding airport we may have to drive about 2 hours to the airport, but we get a direct flight (usually on our favorite airline Jet Blue) and it’s always for a much cheaper price.
3. Frequent Flyer or Reward Programs
Now I know it might be annoying to sign up for each and every reward program, but trust me when I tell you that airline rewards and frequent flyer programs are so valuable.
Each and every time you book a flight be sure to sign up to become a part of that airline’s reward program, or log in to rack up those miles.
The trick to getting a reward faster is to try to fly with the same airline over and over again. Over the last year I earned enough miles for free flights with both American Airlines and Jet Blue.
4. Book Your Travel or Vacation as a Package
I remember the first time I went to Riviera Maya, Mexico many years ago. My husband and I found an incredible deal for a brand new Secrets resort that had just opened. We saved hundreds of dollars thanks to purchasing the trip as a package instead of booking it all separately.
Costco offers great vacation package deals and so does Disney, Marriott, American Airlines, Jet Blue and Expedia. Price it all out separately if you really want to compare how much you could save by booking a package.
Earlier I mentioned this, but being flexible is a key component to finding the best airfare prices.
I understand this is not always easy for people to do, especially with work, school schedules and more to contend with, but if you are able to be flexible it could mean saving hundreds of dollars when booking travel.
My goal by sharing how to find the best airfare prices is to help you say yes to more travel. Then you can get out there and explore the world.
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