How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I spend a lot of time obsessively checking all things travel related. Lately there have been so many amazing flight deals popping up on my radar that I want to go on a new trip every week. I was talking with some coworkers today and apparently not everyone is like this and they were interested in what methods I used, I typed them up and sent and email, but figured maybe a blog post would be helpful for everyone else.

These are the websites and practices that I subscribe to when looking for airfare:

https://www.skyscanner.net/ - Skyscanner can be used to sign up for alerts if you don’t really care where you are going, but know the dates you want to travel. This site will send you all the deals from the airport you are flying out of to multiple domestic and international destinations.

https://www.hipmunk.com/ - I use this website for specific dates and specific destinations. You can set up an email alert and it will notify you when the prices for that flight and time increase or decrease. As soon as I know I need to go somewhere I set this up and buy when the price is lowest. I have saved lots of money using this.

https://cheapdfw.com/ - This one is Dallas Specific but I would check and see if there is something similar for your local airport. You can sign up for alerts and it will email you deals from Dallas all over the world. For examples, it emailed me yesterday and said there are $420 tickets to Paris AND Barcelona yesterday. WHAT?!

Overall all I have found that the best time for domestic flight tends to be around 6 weeks out, give or take a week, with the exception of peak travel time like Thanksgiving. For international flights the best time tends to be 3-6 months out, which is a large window, but same caveat applies here if it is peak travel, like summer or Christmas. The same can be said for international travel that there can be amazing last minute deals if you don't have a specific destination in mind so sign up for skyscanner above and see what pops!

And that is my advice. Let me know if you have any questions and happy travels!