Travel Hacking: Cheap Flights

//Travel Hacking: Cheap Flights

Travel Hacking: Cheap Flights

With over 30 flights under my belt in the last 10 months, I’ve had my fair share of countless screen hours searching for the best flight deals and travel itineraries.  I’ve turned it into a sort of game- searching the various sites and testing random theories.  It can be fun, I swear!  Haha
I’ve become obsessed with any and all travel hacks that will save money, therefore allowing for more travel.  My biggest expense while traveling has usually been flights.  Any small or large savings could mean a few extra days in paradise somewhere, and that’s HUGE.
There are tons of travel hacking theories on when and how to get the best flight deals- and I’ve tried most of them.  Some work, some don’t.  Here are the 6 flight cost saving travel hacks I know to be true.
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1. Use a “fake location.”  Search from a country with a low conversion rate to USD, like South Africa or South East Asia) to view cheaper flight prices.
2. Search from a less expensive computer (hint: not an Apple).img_8547
3. Pay in local currency. Always always always opt for the local currency when making any purchase abroad on your credit card.  This ensures you don’t get screwed over with a bad conversion rate.  The USD compared to all other currency is ever-changing and you should only trust your bank to do the conversion for you which occurs automatically when you make a purchase in another currency on a travel credit card.  (Ps. If you’re wondering, I use the Capitol One Venture Visa for all my travel purchases and I love it. But more on that later.)  IMG_2692
4. Clear your cache!  I can’t stress this one enough, actually.  When you clear your cache you become less susceptible to targeted advertisements as well as inflated pricing based on your search history.  Because, yeah they can do that.  Clear your cache.    
5.  Time your flight purchase.  The general consensus is that the best time to book your flight is 4-6 weeks out, and I agree.  Once you’re within the 30 day time frame before a flight you want, the prices rise.  Between a month and 6 weeks is ideal for booking.  
6.  Be FLEXIBLE.  This is by far the most important component of saving money on travel in general, especially when it comes to booking flights.  I have often changed my plans completely based on prices and last minute deals.  
I go into my flight searching with an open flexible mind and that makes all the difference.  Don’t get stuck on the day/time/stop over/ etc. unless you must.  
I realize this may not work for everyone, as there are circumstances that will require you to be specific with your planning.  Perhaps, though, try to work in the concept of flexibility (date/time/connection) to your flight planning and see what unfolds.  
My favorite tool is the “everywhere” search option on SkyScanner.com which shows an entire list of possible destinations, ranking them by lowest price to highest.  I’ve ended up in places I never considered going by using this tool.  Because my goal is simply to travel and see as much of the world as possible, I am more flexible than most and this tool is perfect for me.  
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I will surely keep adding to this list but wanted to compile a post for all of you who have been asking!  I hope this helps, and if not, clear your cache and try again. 
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HD 
 

By |2016-07-03T16:16:20+00:00July 3rd, 2016|Travel hacks|3 Comments

About the Author:

On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

3 Comments

  1. travelwithemilie July 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I also frequently use the ‘everywhere’ from Skyscanner, it’s an amazing tool 🙂

  2. April July 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    This is such a great list! I don’t usually clear my cache because i feel like it’s troublesome but i’m gonna start doing it now! Thank you!

  3. raisingyourpetsnaturally September 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips! I would have never even thought of those ideas. I don’t fly, I travel with my dog, but my step dad does. I will forward to him.

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