How To Snag The Cheapest Ever Airline Tickets And Save Cash Money
The travel gods reward those who do their research.
Much like the time-honored tradition of filling your online shopping cart with all the stuff you want, but have zero intentions to actually buy, when it comes to the act of searching for airline tickets for daydream trips, I’m an Olympic-level time-waster.
But that may very well be about to change—not because I plan on kicking my chronic trip-planning habit anytime soon, but because changes in the marketplace are bringing airfare prices to a place where trips that were once a thing of fantasy are suddenly within reach. Bonus shoutout to impulsive decision-making—that always helps.
Of course, landing those sweet deals requires a bit of internet savvy and planning. Here’s the latest in how you can maximize your travel capabilities with minimal expenditure.
Get to Europe for $99. Seriously.
Scandinavian budget carrier Primera Air is currently offering $99 tickets from Boston and Newark to Birmingham, London or Paris, for trips starting in May of next year. You read that right: Europe for less than a Benjamin. Even if those destinations aren’t exactly where you’re headed, Europe’s vastly superior railway system (plus way better access to additional cheap carriers like Ryanair) make destination-hopping a cinch easy.
But a quick heads up: You’re getting what you pay for with that $99. There’s no in-flight entertainment (though there is free WiFi) and you won’t get to pick your seat unless you shell out an extra $40. And if you want to eat during the flight, food is absurdly expensive, even compared to what you pay in the terminals before you take off.
An in-flight meal will set you back upwards of $18, and drinks aren’t included. And checked baggage will set you back another $45. Still, even with these added conveniences, the price is tough to beat.
Get spontaneous with Fareness
For the aforementioned fantasy-trip-planning types out there, there may be no dreamier a platform than Fareness. The basic idea is that if you give yourself a little flexibility, you’ll have access to the best deals.
Rather than catering to hard plans and pulling prices from various airlines on specific dates, as other platforms typically do, once you enter in your destination, it automatically shows you a calendar view of the entire month so you can take a comprehensive look and decide what makes the most sense.
But the best thing about Fareness? It encourages your adventurous side. On the homepage, it presents all of the cheapest flights leaving from the airport closest to you for destinations all over, and it’ll even suggest how long your trip should be based on the price of return tickets.
For example: A ticket from Burbank to Seattle on August 22 would cost $149 roundtrip, as opposed to $348 on August 10. Those kinds of savings should be enough to make even the most Type A traveler reconsider.
Hopper sends push notifications you’ll actually be excited to get
Hopper isn’t the first company to provide users with alerts about decreases and increases in airline ticket pricing, but the UI on the app is lovely in its simplicity, which is more than I can say about the ad clutter on certain web-based platforms. For that reason alone, it’s superior. Add to that the fact that they base their predictions on an archive of trillions of flight prices and you can rest assured that it’s pretty accurate.
Once you set an alert for a trip, you’ll receive push notifications that’ll predict when and by how much a ticket price is expected to change. And just a side note: Their emoji game is pretty on point.
It’ll also offer up routes you might not have thought to search for, utilizing the airports closest to the ones you originally selected. Once it’s identified a deal you can't pass up, you can book through the platform (which can be nice, considering sometimes the fares are cobbled together on various airlines).
Words: Deena Drewis