Shh – The Secret to Booking Cheap Flights

Itching for a getaway – don’t let costs be a deterrent. These days, the internet makes it easy to find cheap flights to some of the most popular holiday destinations – whether you’re looking to travel domestically or abroad. Of course, not every flight and holiday is going to be a great deal – you generally need to plan in advance and do some good research. Here are some general tips to keep in mind for finding the best online deals on domestic and international flights:

  • Avoid peak travel – easier said than done, as everyone wants to take the same school holidays and make the most of their long weekends. However, pricing for air travel is a really a simple case of economics – flights are just cheaper when there’s less demand. So save up the annual leave so you can be as flexible as you can with your travel dates.
  • Act fast on deals- great last minute deals don’t last – so be spontaneous and book it in! You might also want to sign up for various travel communities and alerts such as TravelZoo which will send you exclusive information on some of the latest flight deals on offer.
  • Broaden your parameters – check nearby airports and travel destinations and you might find cheaper flights. For example, if you’re looking to cheap flights to Gold Coast, look for flights to Brisbane or even the Sunshine Coast – a two hours’ scenic drive could save you some extra dollars.
  • Divvy up your journey – if you’re looking to make multiple stops, you might want to try searching for each leg of your journey separately. For example, if flying to New York from Sydney you might find a cheap return airfare from Sydney to Los Angeles, which could save you a good few hundred dollars. This will be more than enough to book a US domestic flight from LA to New York – and let you city hop around all you want.
  • Look for package deals – for great cheap holidays, book your flights and accommodation together. Many flight search engines allow you to look for hotels with your airfares and bundling packaged deals together could save you heaps on your holiday.