In the last 2 years I have booked all kind of flights from domestic to international and guess what; I have yet to spend over $500 for a roundtrip ticket. I do not believe in paying over $500 for any flight international or domestic. I have not yet and I refuse to in the future. Traveling is not expensive as people believe you just need to know a few small tips and can help you save hundreds of dollars. My trip to Paris round trip was $387, Greece round trip was $487, Rome round trip $466 and London $287 and all my domestic flights were under $300. I would guess at this moment; you are wondering how did I get away with paying so little to some of the most flown places in the world? Well the answer is very simple patience, flexibility, and a few small tips I am going to share:
The price for flights vary by airport location; the bigger the city the cheaper the flight. Trust me I understand the flight leaving from your small town airport is convenient but honestly you are you are going to pay much more vs. driving a little while out to a bigger airport. I live close to Charlotte (CLT) airport but I sometimes travel out of Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International). For example, I looked at two flights one leaving from Charlotte NC (CLT) and New York (JFK) to go to London. The Charlotte flight to London was $1,097 from May 7-12 and New York to London was $350 for the same dates. New York was significantly lower by $687. The next question I am sure you are asking is how it would be cheaper if I have to book a flight to New York (JFK) from Charlotte about $100-150. If you add $150 (transfer flight) to the $350 (actual) flight you will still significantly come out cheaper than just booking that Charlotte to London. This method literally only adds a few extra hours to your travels and you can get two trips if you time your layovers
When planning a trip if you can be flexible be flexible. It will benefit you in the last night run. While comparing prices of flights know when the cheaper days are ( Tuesday and Wednesday) compared to the more expensive days ( Friday and Monday) and the cheaper seasons (Fall) vs the more expensive (summer). By having this vital information it can save you money.
The internet has made information widely available at the tap of a screen and that has its pros and cons. The pros are that you have options available to you when booking flights, hotels, and anything else associated with traveling. You can also conduct your own research on the reliability of the company. The major con is every site claims to be legitimate and that is not the case. My favorite booking channels and searching outlets for flights:
Scott’s Cheap Flights- is an email subscription service with a free or premium option that sends flight deals directly to you. You can book directly from your email with Google or Monomdo. This service sends you information on the times of the year when you can book your flight and the average cost of a flight without the deal.
Monomdo-is sure that lets you find and compare the price on flights, hotels and car rentals. You can even book flights there the website but it will take you through a third party so make sure you research the third party company before booking. I use this for domestic flights but they partner with thousands of airlines to give you the best price and help you find the best time to fly.
Skyscanner- one of my favorite apps and I recommend it to everyone. Skyscanner compares millions of flights and gets you the cheapest flight and hotel. The main reason I love this app is because when I do not have an idea on where to go in the world it gives you the option to select the destination of anywhere from my local airport. By using this option I find the cheapest finds per week to anywhere I like to go!
Airfordable- this app allows you to pay installments on an airline ticket. I cannot think of a better way to book a cheap flight than a layaway system that lets you book now and pay later. All you have to do is make an account upload a screenshot of the flight you want from that valid website ( they accept certain screenshots from booking websites the list is on their home page) you make your due date, automatic payments are processed, and VOLA! You are set for next vacay. I am currently using this site for my trip to Cartagena, Columbia and I have had zero problems.