How to Find Cheap Flights

Everyone wants to travel, but finding cheap flights can be a challenge… IF you don’t know where to look. For the last several years, I’ve taken at least 15 flights per year. For almost 4 out of the past 5 years, I did this on at $30,000 a year salary. I’m often asked which sites I use to find good deals. The short answer is that I use several sites. I’m going to share with you the top three sites I use and what I use them for.

Sky Scanner:

I use Skyscanner when I am not sure where I want to go. Skyscanner gives you the option to search for destinations according to price. This is great for people who are flexible with their travel location. Maybe the only thing you know is that you would like to take a trip in December. Sky Scanner gives you the “Search Everywhere” option. Plug in the month you want to travel, or just opt for the cheapest month, and Skyscanner will provide you with a list of places to travel to, according to price and categorized by country.

Best for people who:

  1. Aren’t sure where they want to go
  2. Don’t know when they want to go
  3. Just want to find the cheapest place to go to

Google Flights: 

Google Flights is best when I know where I want to go, but want to figure out the best date to travel on. Sky Scanner has this ability, but I find Google Flights to be more user friendly and accurate when it comes to pricing. Let’s say I need to be in Las Vegas for a conference on November 10th. I have some flexibility on when I arrive and when I depart. When I go into Google Flights, I can see if it is cheaper for me to leave on Friday and return Sunday,  leave Saturday and return Monday, etc. This is great when you have a couple of days of wiggle room, as flights can vary greatly depending on day of departure or return.

Best for people who:

  1. Know where they want to go
  2. Have a general time-frame they would like to travel in
  3. Want to find the cheapest dates for a specific destination within certain date parameters

Hopper:

I was a late arrival to the Hopper App, but this app is one of the best flight apps on market. Hopper is my go to when I know when and where I want to go, but I want to figure out when I need to purchase the flight. If I know I need to be in Bali March 3-11, I plug those dates into the Hopper App, and it will tell me:

  • What the current price of the flight is
  • Whether that price is on-par with average flight prices
  • If the price of that price is expected to go up or down

Hopper has not failed me yet.

Best for people who:

  1. Know where and when they want to go
  2. Have multiple trips to plan, and need to know which one to pay for first
  3. Want to ensure they don’t overpay for a specific flight

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There are plenty of other sites and pages that can help you with finding amazing flight deals.

In my Flight Deals 101 Course, I break down step-by-step how I use Skyscanner and Google Flights. I also share the best times to book, as well as websites and social media pages that have gotten me amazing flight deals, (such as two round trip tickets to Vancouver, CA for less than $300 total). It can be downloaded immediately here.

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