The one question I get on a regular basis is “How do you afford to fly to all these places?” The truth is that the vast majority of the plane tickets I buy are under $75 USD. People generally look shocked when I tell them that it is possible to get from London-Poland round trip for less than $17 USD. Read below to find how you can find the cheapest flights possible!
How to find the Cheapest Flights Possible
It’s possible to find cheap flights using many search engines, but the one that reigns supreme is absolutely SkyScanner. Places like Expedia and Kayak exclude budget airlines like RyanAir and EasyJet and that eliminates most of the budget options.
Here, I will walk you through the process of finding the cheapest flights possible
Select “Add Nearby Airports” and Select a Broader Range Of Airports
Sometimes there are cheaper airports to fly from that may be a slightly farther distance from your house. Other times, the destination will have multiple airports (For Example: Paris, Rome, London). Be sure to include all of them if you’re trying to save money.
No Destination in Mind? Search Everywhere!
If you know you have a few days of but don’t know where you want to go, just type ‘Everywhere’ in as your destination. SkyScanner will give you a complete list of everywhere you can fly to in order from cheapest to most expensive. This is what it will look like (and yes, these are ROUND TRIP prices):
There are many, many more flights listed but these are the ones under $100 USD round trip. This is definitely how I got to see most of the places in Europe I wanted to see.
Have Flexible Dates
If you have flexible dates, there’s a huge chance that there will be cheaper tickets available on different days; this is usually more helpful for international flights. Flights are generally cheaper on different days of the week, so it helps to forego flying on Fridays/Saturdays and instead choosing a Tuesday or Wednesday departure/return.
At first, I selected a long-haul flight that departed on a Saturday:
Next I opened the flights to the entire month of April for the exact same destination:
These were the prices for the cheapest flights of the entire month. As you can see, some of them are less than half the cost of the predetermined day. This could mean that you can find a round-trip ticket for the same price as a one-way ticket if you just switch around your dates.
Even if you don’t have a month in mind, you can search the entire year by selecting “Cheapest Month” in the Date area and it will automatically select one for you. This is perfect if you know you want to take some time off from work but need to decide when.
Use Both Tricks Simultaneously!
If you’re unsure where AND when to go places, SkyScanner can make it very easy to decide by presenting you with a list of almost everywhere you can go over the year in order of cheapest to most expensive. Here are the results out of London:
There you have it! The SkyScanner trick has been a God send for all my travels. What is the cheapest plane ticket you can find?