3 Clever Online Tips to Find the Best Deals on Flights





As travel bloggers, we often love to travel abroad and experience new adventures in exotic lands. But this comes with a hefty price tag - a big chunk of our travel budget goes to covering flights.

Trying to lower our costs has turned us into savvy travelers who discover hidden secrets and tips to save money on our trips.

The 3 tips below are some of the best and easiest online strategies to find the best deals on flights - hopefully they can help you save, too!

Check international airlines for great deals

Comparison sites are great for finding prices in one localized site, but they don’t always catch deals or the lowest fares offered by all airlines.


Your best bet for securing a low price is to vary your search and include international airline websites in your research.

Here are a few ways airline websites can feature low pricing:
  • Last-minute deals
  • Flexible date options
  • Deals available only through their site
  • Special deals to their country of origin

Here’s an example of low-fare flights from New York to Paris from Air France. Their handy calendar shows you the lowest fare available by date and month, so if you have a flexible schedule, you can get a very low round-trip price.

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Sometimes flexibility can help you save big - for example, this quick search for flights from San Francisco to Paris has varying prices between $2307 to $785, over $1500 in savings!

Use your private browser

I didn’t believe this tip until I tried it out myself - after looking through hotels in a comparison site, I realized that searching through a private browser showed me lower prices than when I was logged in!

This isn’t a fluke - prices can change in any site based on your cookies, history and whether you’re logged in.


Flight prices in particular can increase when a route is searched repeatedly, as the site wants to scare you into booking quickly before the price rises..


To make sure you’re getting the lowest price, try searching through a private window or in incognito mode - most of today’s browsers offer that option.

In Google Chrome or Safari, hit “Control” (or “Command” in Apple) + Shift + N. On Firefox or Internet Explorer, hit Control (or “Command” in Apple) + Shift + P. This opens a private browser window that does not track your information and deletes your cookies each time it’s closed.

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Earn and use reward points or miles to lower the cost

This may seem like an obvious strategy, but many people forget about the opportunities available to them through their accumulated reward points.


Numerous credit cards offer reward points, and the majority go unused as they pile up. These points can often be redeemed for airline tickets online, which can cover a partial (or even full) amount of the cost.

Check through your credit card’s online account to see if you have points to redeem and whether they can be used for flights.

There are also situations in which you can earn additional miles, such as when an airline wants to make-up for a very long flight delay or if a flight is overbooked and you volunteer to give up your seat in exchange for miles.

Even simple things like following an airline on social media could help you earn miles, as they host giveaways or competitions for miles.

Finally, if you have airline miles, check the airline’s partners. Often, they have deals that allow you to use the miles on these other airlines. However, you may have to communicate with them for the ticket purchase.




All in all, there are numerous tricks to save money on flights so with some persistence and patience, you too can decrease your travel budget!

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