Finesse your way to Cheap Flights

Finesse your way to Cheap Flights

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The most asked question is, how are you able to travel so frequently?

Most people equate traveling with being lucrative or having money. While you do need to have some money to fund your trip. You can use a few simple tricks to get cheap flights to your next destination.

I graduated university with a degree in marketing. In my junior year, I took an advertising course. During one of the professor’s lectures, he gave away a valuable piece of information during class: how to travel cheaply. These tactics along with my own research + experience have proven to be helpful to me during my travels. So let’s get to it!

First things first,

Allocate your money differently. You have to prioritize traveling otherwise, you lose sight of your goal; in this case, traveling. Instead of purchasing $600 dollar shoes, purchase a round trip ticket across the country. A trip from Los Angeles/Miami to London or Paris can be as cheap as $300-$440. If you’re a college student, try allocating some money from your refund check (If you can! I know the college struggle is real). Buying tons of materialistic possessions and upgrading your wardrobe can be tempting, but you must decide which is more important.

If you’re a working adult you can try making a travel jar where you put a few dollars in after every paycheck. Here are a few more ways to save or gigs you can take on to make extra cash.

Remember, it’s all about opportunity cost: giving up one thing to have something else. So how bad do you want it?

Now for the fun part of getting cheap flights:

The most important part

Just how marketers target you through email, in stores, through advertisements. They also target you when buying flights. Let me explain.

1. Mac vs PC

A person using a Mac to google flight rates will undoubtedly have a higher fare rate than someone using a P.C. The marketer assumes that because you have a MAC you have more money than your counterparts. As a result higher flight rates! crazy right?

2. Location

Location is even more important. If you’re in a high-income neighborhood. The rates will be higher than if you are in a low-income neighborhood. You can check out what is the average income in your neighborhood and compare it to other cities and states.Click here so that you can plan accordingly.

3. Seasonality

Booking your flight on days that people don’t usually travel is when you can get a low rate. According to, FareCompare “The best time to book a U.S. flight is usually Tuesday at about 3 p.m. eastern time. Many airlines release weekly airfare sales in the early morning hours of Tuesday, and by mid-afternoon, competing airlines have matched sale prices. In other words, shoppers now have the most deals to choose from.”

Also, don’t shop too early or too late. For U.S flights try to book a flight between 3 months and 30 days.

For international flights aim for 5 1/2 months to 1 1/2 months.

4. Utilize Google and Skyscanner

Google Flights and Skyscanner will tell you where to go for the cheapest prices and times.

If you happen to have an idea of where you want to travel, you can see the price for every single day. Don’t stop there, compare airlines. Look at Skyscanner, Kayak, CheapOair and direct airline sites. Set price alerts so you know when prices drop. Additionally, you’ll be able to travel more if you are flexible.If you don’t have any obligations– be open-minded to different dates, locations, airlines, and flight times– the early flights tend to be cheaper. 

 

5. Think about booking one-way tickets and flying into and out of different cities.

According to Insider, “Sometimes, booking two one way tickets that arrive in and depart from different cities can save you a lot of money. For example, let’s say you’re flying from Chicago to Düsseldorf, Germany. Maybe you fly into Düsseldorf but then fly back to Chicago out of Cologne, since the two airports are only about a 45-minute drive from each other. So make sure to always research nearby airports.”

 

 

and there you have it, folks! The top five hacks to a cheaper flight. I hope you found this information useful and I’m looking forward to seeing each of you traveling this year. When you do, please tag #TheHeroIsWithin so I can see your travel posts. If you have any more travel hacks please comment them down below to help even more people get to their dream destination.

 

 

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