Finding a cheap flight: luck vs science

Discover the best way to save money using the right techniques when booking a flight

When it comes to the delicate art of booking a flight, more often than not we come across a friend who was lucky enough to secure an amazing flight at the lowest price possible (or even impossible sometimes)?

Well, maybe our friend succeed in booking a cheap flight out of pure luck, or maybe not.

Finding a cheap flight:

Let’s consider this scenario: the above mentioned friend woke up one morning and said “I want to go to Spain tomorrow, let’s see what’s the cheapest flight available” and then just looked up some random website on his computer and found the most amazing deal right away.

Or, maybe our friend was long sighted enough to prepare himself for his upcoming holiday, and spent the previous months scanning all the possible booking websites on the world wide web and finally, painfully succeeded in finding the flight of his dreams.

Both of these scenarios are a bit extreme, and, as it always is, the truth lies in between the two. More surely than not, our friend was not browsing the net night and day, nor he was sitting around doing nothing.

He might instead had had a look at a surprising survey made by Opodo, in which he would have found that booking a cheap flight is more about knowing when to book than having pure luck or browsing incessantly the net. In the above mentioned survey it is revealed that most important aspects to getting a good flight price is a combination of timing and being flexible.

You can save up to 10% off the yearly average price by booking during the weekend in Autumn, but this does not mean that you can pick a random Saturday in October and get away with the lowest price possible. Always bear in mind that you should book your holiday time off work to fit with the flights, not vice versa. Beside that, avoiding the school holidays is always an easy way to save 20% or more. Plus, signing up to email alerts by airlines and booking companies is another great way to stay updated and keep up with all the possible promotions available at the time.

So yes science rather than luck is definitely the answer.

OOh and do check out this brilliant post at We Blog Travel with advice for how to avoid flight delays!









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