Getting the Best Flight Deals Possible is a blog dedicated to finding and booking the best flight deals available. I’m also part of a travel hacking community with over 50,000 members.
My friends and family are always asking: “Why don’t you just book your own flights?” To me, this question always seems like an obvious one. If I’m looking for a great deal, why wouldn’t I just find it myself?
That’s because I have the benefit of experience and background. I’ve been traveling since I was a child, and I’ve had more than 1000 flights by now. So when people ask me this question, I can give them an immediate answer: “I haven’t found any flight deals that weren’t available online.”
This is a blog that I started after researching an article on finding cheap flights, and it has since turned into a travel blog. Here’s the article in case you missed it:
The best way to find cheap flights is to use a travel booking website. The best way to find the cheapest flight is to compare prices at different booking websites. The best way to save money on air fares is to buy early. The best way to find flights when they are cheapest are often those with fewest number of stops.
Good, cheap flights are hard to find. There are a few ways to find them; the best way is to search for all the deals at once. The problem is that if you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s hard to find anything.
Here are some of the key things to look for:
1) Look for airlines that fly routes you want to take.
2) Look for airlines that fly routes you’re interested in.
3) Look for long-haul flights, not just cheap flights.
“Cheap” is a relative term. The cheapest ticket available today will be more expensive in a few years, when the cost of fuel has gone up and seat supply has lessened. On short flights, the cheapest tickets sometimes have limited legroom and other annoying limitations; on long flights, airline food is often very expensive.
I think it is possible to get a good deal on a flight if you are willing to go to a less-attractive airport or to travel in the off-season. For example, I go to Boston several times each year for work, but I live in Seattle. I can get round-trip flight tickets at $300-$400 round trip from Seattle to Boston in late May or early June. This is significantly cheaper than flying during the peak summer season.
There are certain things you never want to hear a travel agent say: “That resort is in a perfect location,” or “The weather will be perfect,” or “We’ll have the cheapest flight.” The reason is that those words imply that travel agents (and their customers) have already decided what’s best for you.
These are the kinds of words that travel agents (and their customers) never say: “We’ve got the best flight deal, but we’re not sure where to go.” Or “We’ve got the best flight deal, but we don’t know if it’s worth going there.” Or “We’ve got the best flight deal, but we’re not sure how long it will be until we get there.” Or even, “We’ve got the best flight deal, but we don’t know whether it will be any good.”
A budget flight is a great idea if you are on a tight budget. But it is still a budget flight. Flights on low-cost carriers (say, Southwest Airlines or JetBlue) are generally not the cheapest flights available, but they are lower in price than those that charge a premium.
There’s no point in saving money if it means paying more than someone else. When you buy your ticket, make sure you know what the total cost of travel will be before you pay the airline.
Most people will be happy to fly for just about any amount of money, provided the trip is within their means. But this doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of variety in the way different people value things. On the contrary, what’s more amazing than the variations in human values is the uniformity we see in the ways different people make decisions.
Of course, no one does it exactly the same way. But there are some common themes:
1. You want to save money for that vacation.
2. You want to minimize risk: you want to know exactly how much you will spend and when, so that if it turns out your plans don’t work out perfectly, you can still afford to go on vacation.
3. You want to be flexible: you don’t want to book a specific flight only to find out there was no space available at the time you wanted, or that it costs more than you thought it would; if your plans change, you can change your plans and get a better deal elsewhere.
4. When booking a flight, you typically have three choices: (a) First-class vs. economy (b) domestic vs. international (c) direct vs. non-direct flights