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Posted On: 19 June 2018 04:48 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:00 pm

7 ways to book a cheap international flight

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Are you trying to book a flight home or to some exotic holiday destination?

Are you frustrated because you can’t find a decent ticket at a reasonable price?

Are you looking for a good deal that won’t burn a big hole in your pocket?

If you nodded your head with a yes, then read on to find out how you can book a good reasonable flight and enjoy your holiday time without wasting time and money or getting stressed.

1.Search for your online tickets privately

If you click on and enable ‘New Private window’ ‘New InPrivate window’, ‘New Incognito window’ or ‘Private Browsing Mode’, depending on the browser you are using, you can find cheaper online flights. How, you ask? Travel and airline websites usually record any visits you may have made to their sites through cookies, especially if you are searching for the same route again and again. This means everytime you return to their websites, they will raise the prices just so you panic and buy them at higher prices.

Everytime you open a private window, the cookies on the browser get reset, so it’s best to open a new private window everytime you search for flight routes.

2. Book as soon as you know when and where you’re going

It’s always best to book as early as possible to secure the best deals. There are myths that tickets get cheaper as the date you want to travel comes nearer, that hardly ever happens, and budget airlines are already offering low costs as it is.

3. Flexibility helps

If it’s possible, try to be flexible with your travel dates. Often tickets are more expensive during the weekends and public holidays, so if you do have the flexibility to pick a date to fly, use it. However, that may not always be possible especially if you are working or the kids have to be in school on specific dates.

4. Be prepared to compromise

Sometimes you may have to make certain compromises to get cheap air tickets. For example, you may have to buy a non-refundable ticket, pay a big fine if you change your flight date for some reason, or pay for the baggage you check in.

5. Compare travel websites

To find the best deals for your destination and date of travel, visit different websites that offer cheap flights so you can compare fares and deals. There are many to choose from: Skyscanner, Expedia, Clear Trip, Trip Advisor, Kayak, Cheap Flights and a whole lot more. All sites have their pros and cons: Some make their money through advertising and not from the bookings, while others may be affiliated with certain airlines. That’s why it best to check out a number of these websites and compare to find the best deals.

6. Check airline websites and reservation centres

There are some airlines that are not listed on aggregator programs or booking search engines but have cheap tickets for some travelers who contact their flight reservation centres or visit their airline website. It’s worth checking out these airlines as well. You never know. You may be the lucky traveler who will get their discounted airfare.

7. Use those air miles

If you have been travelling a lot on a particular airline and are a member of their frequent flyer programme, this is a good time to use those accumulated miles or points. You may be lucky and score a good deal on your favourite airline this way.

How do you book your flights? Do you have any tips for booking cheap airline tickets? Do let us know what you think in our comments section.