Travel Tips: Finding Affordable Flights
So many of you say that the reason for not traveling is because flights are too expensive. While that can be the case, it doesn’t have to be!
Here are 4 sites/apps I use to find affordable flights!
Skyscanner: My friend put me on to this one when he was living in China and I was planning to visit him out there. Skyscanner is dope in that you put the dates you have in mind and then you can filter for a million things such as adding nearby airports and direct vs number of stops per flight. My favorite feature on Skyscanner has to be the ‘multi-city’ search. I put that to use this summer when I decided to add a few more countries to my Senegal trip. Skyscanner’s multi-city search came in clutch for helping me to choose countries that were affordable to get to from West Africa. An initial trip to Senegal ended up being a trip to Senegal, Ethiopia, and Kenya--thanks to Skyscanner. (skyscanner.net or Skyscanner app)
Hopper: This is a fairly new one that I use. It’s almost too good to be true! So how Hopper works is that you search for where you’re trying to go and the dates you have in mind. Then you can choose if you want to “Watch This Flight” or “Shop Flights.” The best feature on Hopper is the ‘Price Prediction.’ This feature lets you know how much the flight price fluctuates from the moment you’ve searched up until the day of possible departure. If you have some flexibility, you can use their ‘Travel Tips’ feature to learn how to save more money by looking at similar dates. (Hopper app)
GoogleFlights: I am literally obsessed with GoogleFlights. I use GoogleFlights when I have no idea where in the world I want to go next, but know what dates I plan to travel. It’s a savvy tool to use because based on the dates you select, it’ll show you the world map and the flight costs from any destination. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it does not show the prices for certain airlines, like Southwest. Instead, it’ll show the flight times with a link stating “Check Prices,” which redirects you to Southwest’s website. Not helpful! If you’re mind isn’t fixed on an ideal destination, I’d highly recommend using GoogleFlights to find cheap flights for your next holiday weekend.
TheFlightDeal: I found out about theflightdeal in a New York Post article a few years back. It’s different from the other sites/apps in that it announces flash fares, sample fares, and packaged deals. I’m a fan of sample sales because if you don’t have a destination in mind and have a large window in which you can travel, you’ll find good sales for some amazing destinations (i.e. Neward--Fort Lauderale $80 roundtrip). If you get lucky enough, you might even come across a mistake/error fare. A mistake/error fare is when an airline accidentally lists the price for a flight way cheaper than intended. The trick is to book before the airline realizes the the error. I’ve heard of someone flying from NYC to the Phillipines roundtrip for under $200. Too good! (theflightdeal.com)