Finding cheaper flights online can be a nightmare.
You think you’ve secured the best deal possible (great flying times, included baggage fees and limited stopovers) and when you check the next day the price has taken a nose dive – if only you’d waited a few more hours…
However, travel experts Thrifty Nomads shared a simple search engine trick that will help you book cheaper plane tickets every time.
They revealed: “All search engines have inflated flight costs as part of taking a cut from the airlines.
“Some search engines… consistency inflate much higher than others. It pays to familiarise yourself with sites that offer the best prices”.
Thrifty Nomads provide one word of caution: “no single search engine is consistently perfect.”
“As such, you may need to try a combination of search engines to ensure you’re not missing any results.”
Read on for some of the best sites out there and use a few to make sure you’re being shown the best deals.
SkyScanner is one of the biggest flight search engines out there. Not only is it great for comparing airlines and grabbing the best deals, in terms of price, times and stopovers it’s even known to better prices of much bigger travel operators including Expedia and Travelocity. It’s not used by 60 million people a month for nothing…
Google Flights tracks air fares on hundreds of airlines to help you find the best flight deals.
It can also find you money-saving alternatives, by providing tips of the the cheapest days to fly – by suggesting you return one day later, for example.
What’s more the clever search engine also analyses historical pricing data to help you determine whether you should book now to save money, by showing a notification indicating an expected price jump.
It’s easy to use and super fast to boot.
Momondo is known for sometimes shows cheaper fares than Skyscanner, does not hike up prices based on your searches.
The website states: “The prices you see are never affected by your searches, no matter how many you make.”
AirFare Watchdog shows price changes in real time and searches over 20,000 routes every day to find the best deals.
Tips for using this platform include setting up travel alerts so you can see the best deals before they sell out and keep an eye out for sale and error fares.
Kiwi.com’s unique feature is ‘virtual interlining’ whereby it sells flight itineraries by aggregating normally non-operating airlines, while providing guarantees for any missed connections.
Th result? Routes that are usually cheaper than booking with just one airline.
Constant updates on discounted airfares allows travellers to find new deals every few seconds.
This search engine can also be used to find the best deals on hotels, car rental and holiday packages.
If you’ve ever fancied having two holidays for the price of one, then AirWander will do the trick.
See more of the world for your money with AirWander, a search engine that’s a whizz at finding free or inexpensive stopovers/ multi-day layovers so you can make the most of your holiday.
JetRadar also includes budget airlines (which many other search engines don’t) in its impressive global database of 728 airlines and 200 flight booking agencies.
The fare aggregator tracks down airline’s special offers to help you book the cheapest tickets available and allows you to find flights in real time and compare.