Leave it until the last minute and flight costs are often sky-high – but plan ahead and book the right way and the savings can soar. Whether you’ve the flexibility to travel anywhere, anytime, or are looking for set places and dates, we’ve 27 tips to cut the cost of jet-setting. You’re not crazy for thinking that a flight price has changed after searching it a few times in your web browser. Based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher. Always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode to see the lowest prices.
In Google Chrome or Safari, incognito is enabled by hitting Command (or Control” if using PC), Shift, N”. For Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, hit Command (or Control” if using a PC), Shift, P”. This will open a new browser window where your information is not tracked, thus not inflating prices as you search. Note: if you’re using an older version of OS X, open Safari then click Safari” in the menu bar, and select Private Browsing”.
Very generally speaking, airlines sell their cheapest tickets first, however, this does not always hold (as if tickets are not selling, airlines sometimes drop their prices and flight prices can get cheaper). Booking a long time before has the added advantage of it being more likely you’ll find reasonably priced tickets on the exact dates you want to fly.
Hoppa lets you book transfers between airports and popular resorts across the globe. It offers basic shared shuttle buses, as well as private transfers, and forumites report it can turn up some very competitive prices (though always check these for yourself before you book). It charges £1.50 for paying by debit card and £3 for credit cards, though, so watch out for these.
is a good place to start off your search. They specialize in discounted airfares worldwide. Even if it’s Christmas time or other holiday seasons, they will be able to find a cheap airfare deal for you. Although last-minute reservations are sometimes cheaper than the rest, traveling to Europe will not guarantee that. Also, you need to book in advance for other preparations to take effect. Consider last-minute chance flights only for local travel. The experts in the traveling field advise that you book for a Christmas holiday at least 3 or 4 months in advance. Yes, that’s true. When the time comes near all airlines start increasing their rates and in December the rates go sky-high!