When the time of vacation is approaching, people begin to frantically look for options for vacation. And what could be better than traveling to a new or beloved country?
It remains only to buy air tickets for the right dates, but do it as cheaply as possible. And here it may turn out that there are not so many options, or the carriers ask for some very unreasonable sums for their services.
But experienced travelers do not bother, because the purchase of air tickets for them becomes a real hunt. Knowing some secrets, you can reserve seats on the plane for the right dates, and besides, at a very favorable price.
Use search engines.
The easiest way is to look for cheap air tickets with the help of aggregator sites. They automatically compare the prices for tickets in the right direction, by querying other services. It is difficult for a person to consider those dozens of options that can be offered by agencies and airlines, and choose the best offer in terms of time and price. Unfortunately, many just type in the search engine phrase “cheap airline tickets” or just go to the ticket office. With such an approach, there are no chances to find the best tickets. Among the best aggregators, you can name such services as Aviasales, Scyscanner and Buroki. It’s safe to say that using them for 80-90% guarantees the right result. But to achieve it, you need to use their capabilities 100%. The functionality of such services is so extensive that even experienced travelers do not fully know it. Deciding to buy air tickets, it is better for the reliability to check the price and in these three aggregators. This will significantly increase the chances for the cheapest tickets. The difference in price between different agencies can reach 2-7%.
Use advanced non-specific search.
Such an interesting feature is offered by the Scyscanner search service. Some travelers do not have clear plans, where they want to go, but they want to do it cheaper or just expect to meet a predetermined budget. With advanced search, you can get away from specific airports and clear dates in favor of unspecified options. So, in the field “From where” you can specify not a specific city, but a whole country. It will not be superfluous to check the “Add airports nearby” checkbox. But in the field “Where” you can not write anything at all. Then the system will focus on finding the cheapest options in all countries. In the departure and return date field, you can set a whole month or even the whole year. So much more likely to find the cheapest option.
Use the low price calendar.
Resource Aviasales offers interesting and demanded functionality. You can open a calendar in which to find the dates with the best prices. There you can mark specific days, and you can search for options at once for several months or set the duration of the planned trip. In the departure and destination column, you can also ask not only a separate city, but also the whole country. A flexible filter system will help to remove unnecessary options. The calendar allows you to compare specific dates of departure, and in some directions shows also interesting events that will occur there at one time or another. Some travelers and do not suspect that they have the opportunity to be a guest on some original holiday.
Subscription for price reduction.
This is also a very useful feature that the Aviasales service offers. In an attempt to catch a sale, you can spend a lot of time on the sites, constantly updating the page with prices. But there is no such need, if you just subscribe to the notification of a price reduction. And in the mail box will regularly come letters with the most tempting offers.
Download the mobile application.
Today the basic services are trying to acquire mobile applications. This allows the user to access the services of the search engine anywhere and anytime.Aviasales offers a mobile application for the Android and iOS platforms. Statistics confirm the success of this solution – every second user searches for tickets and purchases them using a mobile application. And on every eighth iPhone in our country there is such a program.
Compose a complex route.
A similar option is available from Buruka and Aviasales. Why not plan your trip not directly, but with visiting some other cities along the way? You can specify several segments and time intervals for them. Tickets with docking more than a day (stopover) will allow you to get acquainted with the new city. In the same Barcelona you can fly from Moscow directly, and you can visit Paris on the way back. There is a possibility to specify a fork, in which the airport of departure will be different than the place of arrival. Arriving in Barcelona, you can try to go home from Madrid. The benefit of such forks and compound routes is that they can be cheaper than just direct flights.
Discounts for holidays.
Service Buruky suggests trying to fly somewhere cheaper on holidays. It remains only to choose a city and what holiday is planned for travel. The system will automatically pick up the best options for these days. You can also sort the results by directions. Many seek to spend the New Year away from home, so why not use a special assistant service?
Use a low-cost card.
It’s no secret that graphical representation of information is more visual than textual. Aviasales offers not only to find flights with the given parameters: the date (months, days off or seasons), visa options, time of stay, cost, but also displays all the found options in the form of a map. On it you can visually see how much tickets are in what country. So it is easy to find a really advantageous option – a flight to a more distant country can be cheaper.
Watch for tickets.
Sometimes travelers, wishing to buy the cheapest tickets, subscribe to all consecutive airlines and agencies. But this only leads to the fact that the mailbox will be packed with spam, which will not have time to understand. And all these pseudo-shares will discourage the desire to be interested in such proposals in the foreseeable future. The very “actions” and “interesting proposals” from airlines are often a banal marketing move designed to attract the user’s attention and motivate him to buy tickets. To sift the true grains from the chaff is a hard and ungrateful job. By itself, hunting for discounts is the right thing, but one must know the market well, in order to clearly understand the difference between the promotional price and the real one. It is better to monitor the stocks on the specialized resources of travelers, social networks and communities. There is really valuable information that can not get into mass mailings.
Wait for the right moment.
In fact, the minimum prices for air tickets fall on certain days, they do not stick all year round. So, if you have the opportunity to fly in the right direction at a discount, then it should be used. As soon as the news came from the aggregators about the sale, or the eye caught a really attractive option, then do not hesitate, and immediately buy tickets. There are some time intervals when tickets are really cheaper to buy. This can be done a year before the trip, 2-3 months before departure or a few days. Hard boundaries are not here, but we can talk about an established trend. However, it is still risky to expect to purchase long-awaited tickets at the last minute.
Buy tickets with a flight from a nearby city.
Do not fixate yourself and with maniacal perseverance check tickets from your city again and again. Residents of St. Petersburg should monitor and ticket prices from Moscow or Helsinki, and residents of Perm or Chelyabinsk can check options with a flight from Ekaterinburg.It turns out that there can be very interesting proposals that allow you to save more than one thousand rubles. If you see the news about a profitable flight to Europe from Ekaterinburg, then this does not mean that the same option will be offered to residents of the whole district. Cheap tickets should be booked as soon as possible, as long as there is a chance. And the people of Moscow should not relax. It’s no secret that the overwhelming majority of shares falls on the capital of Russia. But there is a small percentage of proposals that apply to other cities. It is worth checking the options for departure, at least from St. Petersburg.
Use the capabilities of the loukosterov.
What place in the market of modern air transport is occupied by low-costers can be said for a long time. In Europe, several budget companies operate at once, offering flights at ridiculous prices. So far, there are no proposals directly for Russia, so why not fly from the nearest European cities? From the same Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Kaunas, Helsinki and Tampere for a few tens of euros you can fly almost anywhere in Europe. Yes, and the flight to Morocco, Israel, the Canary Islands and the Azores will also be significantly more profitable. Some discounter companies still reach Russia. Wizz Air can deliver from Moscow to Budapest, and EasyJet will be in London. Already from there you can also go cheaply to other cities of the continent. Thanks to a variety of cheap options, it is possible to come up with difficult routes for your travels. Going for a week to Milan, it may be that from there there is a cheap flight to Barcelona. With her loukoster you can go to Malta and from there home. From such pieces you can make yourself a rich and inexpensive journey. With the help of loukosterov it becomes simple and interesting. It’s only necessary to travel lightly. Most of these companies offer to pay separately luggage. And it can turn out that cheap tickets in the end will cost much more at the expense of expensive fees for bags. But traveling light will become a real adventure.
Fly the company.
Some air carriers are ready to make discounts to their passengers, traveling company and making a reservation for several tickets at once. Lowcaster EasyJet reduces the price for each ticket by 7-10 euros, if you buy more than two or three tickets at once. Wizz Air offers a loyalty program for Wizz Discount Club. Membership in it costs 30 euros for two and 50 euros for the company to five people. This allows for a year to buy tickets at least 10 euros cheaper. That is, membership in the club pays off immediately due to the first flight. Friends can pick up the imaginary, which will also form a discount. But this will be discussed below.
A fictitious friend will get a significant discount on air tickets. It is best if this fellow traveler turns out to be a baby. The secret is that you do not have to pay for a ticket for a child under two years old. If you add an infant to the ticket as a passenger, you may receive a discount, and sometimes a significant one. But this trick does not always work – there’s a lot that depends on the agent selling the ticket, the airline and the search engine. And it is not necessary to seek out an infant for a trip urgently. When registering for a flight, you can always provide a valid reason why the child stayed at home. After all, could he, in the end, get sick?
Come up with a deceptive zigzag.
Airlines usually earn direct flights. This is logical – everyone likes to travel as quickly as possible and without tedious transplants. But you can think over and bypass, forcing the airlines to give tickets cheaper. To do this, you have to pretend, telling the search engines that the ultimate goal of the journey is not the one that it really is. If there are plans to go, for example, to Tallinn, then you can try to take a ticket to Oslo via the capital of Estonia.And here it may turn out that a ticket with a transfer in the hub will be cheaper than a direct one to Tallinn itself. It remains only to be in this “intermediate” point, pick up your luggage and forget about the unnecessary Oslo. And so you can save up to a third of the cost of a direct ticket. To find such cheap alternatives you need to know well: which airlines fly to the desired city, for which of them the airport is the main, in which directions these companies fly at the lowest rates. So it will be possible to pick up a fictitious destination. This knowledge will allow you to plan the workarounds of the routes, which will become a fun activity. What can be more pleasant than cheating the system? Even an inexperienced traveler can quickly navigate the issue with the help of search engines. Here, only luggage should be registered not to the final destination, but to the intermediate. There may be several options for justification. For example, in a bag there is a gift which should be transferred in a place of docking. It is worth knowing that skipping a segment in a flight will automatically cancel a ticket. This can be very inopportune if the ticket is purchased in both directions. Return on it will not be able to go home. So, deciding to save by using this method, it is better to purchase a separate return ticket.
Use complex routes.
Sometimes you can buy cheap tickets if you add an additional segment to the route. And it’s up to you to fly this route to the end or not. For example, the airline Ethihad at one time offered a very interesting option for the flight Moscow-Asia-Yekaterinburg. But the return route ran through Moscow and it was not necessary to fly to the final point. Savings compared to the flight from Moscow was up to 5 thousand rubles. Similar incidents occur on multiple routes simultaneously with several airlines. Sometimes the system calculates the price of failure. The bonus of this option is that on such a route you can not only save money, but also visit a couple of cities. But to find such system failures and loopholes is quite difficult. You can follow them on the forums of travelers or by building on the search engines a complex route, including several cities at once.
Track errors in tariffs.
From the foregoing it is already clear that the price formation system is imperfect and sometimes fails. Most often it happens when composing complex routes, but sometimes it happens in simple situations. For the traveler there is a simple rule: as soon as unrealistically cheap tickets have appeared, you have to buy them immediately! Do not call your family and ask their advice. If everything really works out, they will only approve the initiative. It is not necessary to call the airline or the agency to clarify the price and explain why it is so low. While no one knows about the error, it is available for use. If sellers notice a loophole, then they immediately cover it. True, it is worthwhile to be prepared that the airline sold at an erroneous fare ticket will eventually cancel. But in this case, the money will just come back – there is no risk. In the best case, tickets will be confirmed and it will be possible to make a very profitable trip.
Use the vouchers and get tickets for free.
Some search services offer vouchers to their new customers. An example of this can be the program Bravofriends from Bravoavia, completed in October 2015. Then just a minute of registration on the booking service you could get a voucher for 20 euros. With this coupon you could get a discount when ordering tickets for your own service. Of course, no one would work at a loss. Bravoavia takes a commission for paying for tickets with a bank card and it is just 20 euros. But the voucher becomes meaningful if they are skillfully used. We must first find tickets that are cheaper than this discount. Such options are rare, but there are. You can search at least for Southeast Asia. Tickets cheaper than 10 euros are offered and Europe’s low-costers.Specificity of the use of the voucher was that the commission was photographed only when the voucher did not fully cover the cost of the ticket. It remained only to find variants with a denomination cheaper than a discount or even take round-trip tickets cheaper than 10 euros, or take them one way, but for two. Of course, finding tickets at a price below 10 euros is very difficult. And search engines try to exclude such variants from the search. But it is often possible to meet tickets with a face value of 15-30 euros. But they can also be covered with a voucher, you just have to find a larger denomination. You can save on it by inviting you to register on the friends service and getting points for it. Having done this operation and spending a little time, you can get the opportunity of free travel. These vouchers work, and people really travel for pennies. It remains to find services that offer such options, and cleverly use the offer.