Find the cheapest flights and travel first class on economy price with these genius travel hacks.
Research used to say that the cheapest day to book flights are Tuesdays, but new studies claim you’ll probably have luck booking your ticket on weekends instead. How will we ever know for sure? Flight prices are notoriously unpredictable.
That’s where Hopper comes in – enter your travel dates and the app will predict when your flight is going to be at its cheapest, and will send you notifications when prices drop.
NEXT: Use the search engines… then DON’T use the search engines →
Use aggregate search engines like Kayak, that scour tons of airlines to bring you comparative rates, to find the cheapest flights.
BUT also know which airlines don’t show up in these search engines (Yes, some don’t!) and check their flight prices separately. US carrier Southwest Airlines is one example.
NEXT: Personally learn from the man who flies for free →
NEXT: Always check for “throwaway tickets” →
Throwaway tickets are cheaper flights you purchase to an unpopular destination with a stopover at the city you actually intend to go to.
Say you want to go to Vietnam. If a flight to Japan that lays over in Vietnam is cheaper than a flight to Vietnam itself, simply purchase the former, throw away the second leg of the ticket and exit at the Vietnamese airport.
NEXT: Fly first class for economy price →
Reserving seats for 2 people? Pick the aisle and window seats in a 3-seater row. If no other passenger occupies the middle seat, you’ll get the entire row to yourselves; if someone does, simply ask to switch seats.
NEXT: But DON’T book seats on budget flights →
Anything other than the flight itself on these budget airlines usually come with extra costs.
Instead, request for your preferred seat during check-in, and most of the time, the counter staff will oblige as long as it’s within their means.
NEXT: Check the currency conversion →
Different websites and airlines use different rates for currency conversion. Compare this with the existing exchange rate of your credit card to see which currency you should be paying in. More often than not, the cheaper option would be to book it in the site’s local currency.
NEXT: Go armed with wi-fi →
Sure, buying wi-fi is an option, but not when you’re travelling budget. The solution? Someone created an interactive map with ALL the airport wi-fi passwords in the world. Save the downloadable offline version before you travel to get intel on where the hotspots are, and how to get connected.
Start using it here. Happy surfing!
NEXT: Know when exactly to book →
By Pinky Chng, January 2017
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