How to find cheap flights
Well we don’t necessarily want to tell you all our secrets, as we need to save some of these flights for us!! However, there are a few formulas and strategies that have always worked for us. We have had £10 return flights to France and £20 return flights to Spain. We even got to Dubai for £88!! You need to factor in your own personal variables such as: are you in a rush? Do you mind going on a budget airline – especially if it’s long haul with little leg room and no food? Do you mind hanging around a tiny airport on a long layover? During our first year of budget travel and developing Alan and Judith, these were all factors that we had to consider.
Savings are available on last-minute flights from the UK if you look into charter airlines. Most airlines, even budget ones, will typically raise fares for nearly all routes a couple of weeks prior to departure, purely because they know that last-minute travellers are less budget-conscious, as they are often travelling for business or due to an emergency. However, specifically in the UK, there are two charter airlines that are an exception to this: Thomas Cook and Tui (formerly Thomson).
Getting a cheap flight is really about timing. Many years ago I always used to book my flight for my annual holiday months in advance, then a few years ago I found out that wasn’t necessarily the cheapest way to do it and I started to study the price of flights and the fluctuations leading up to the date. With the introduction of skyscanner, this has become even easier to do! Easyjet and Ryanair used to say that if you booked on a Tuesday or a Thursday you would get the cheapest flight, but for Alan and Judith we found that this wasn’t true and most of our cheapest weekend breaks have actually begun on a Friday or Saturday – durrrr, isn’t that the weekend anyway?!
Skyscanner compares flights to find you the cheapest flights the site is simple to use and fast. It searches millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, including budget carriers, and once you’ve found your flight on Skyscanner you are taken to the airline or agency to make your booking (no middlemen) or extra fees added
Another metasearch site we like to check is Kayak. It feels like it has been around forever (which might count for something) and it’s simple to use and compares hundreds of sites in a comprehensive, fast and intuitive display. Once you find what you want, they give you choices where to book.
As we continue to mention, flexibility around the dates and times you fly is key to finding your cheapest flight. Thankfully, Google Flights makes it easy to identify the cheapest date for your desired flight.