Here we reveal some of our savviest secrets — tried and tested by travel experts — to help you find the best cheap flights. We know there are the obvious ways to find cheaper flight deals by using flight comparison sites such as Skyscanner, but to go beyond this and find the best cheap flights anywhere, you need to know the tricks of the trade.
Secret 1: Sign yourself up to Price Alerts
An easy way to get information on cheap flights is to sign up for Skyscanner’s ‘Price Alerts’ and let the tracker do the hard work for you. Set a Price Alert and you’ll get an email immediately if there’s a drop in the flight price, and you won’t be caught out if the price suddenly increases. It also lets you monitor the price history for a selected flight so you can quickly spot if the price is dropping (or increasing) and get the best cheap flight available.
Secret 2: Sign up to email alerts from your preferred airlines
Last minute deals can be difficult to find, but it’s definitely easier if you know where to you should be looking. Finding cheap flights is made much easier if you visit some of your favorite airlines and sign up for their newsletters. You’ll hopefully soon be receiving lots of flash sales, special introductory rates, information on new routes, and of course cheap fares on last minute flights and last minute holidays. Some people also think Tuesday afternoon is the best time to bag a cheap flight because most airlines will know at this point whether their weekend flights are already fully booked. If there’s lots of empty seats, they might send their subscribers an alert pointing them to a bargain flight!
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Secret 3: Use Month View
Sometimes it’s difficult to select the exact date to find the cheap offers for your flight. Skyscanner’s "whole month" search tool is the easiest way to find the cheapest day to travel whatever your destination!
Secret 4: Pick your credit card wisely
There are lots of UAE banks offering credit cards that give you airline loyalty points or Air Miles ME points, so choose wisely when signing up. Some of them also offer free travel insurance as a bonus. A credit card that gives you air miles can be useful for day-to-day purchases but be very careful about the country’s strict debt laws and never spend more than you can afford. If you shop around and spend cleverly you could earn yourself points towards a long haul flight or an upgrade on a shorter flight.
Secret 5: Buy a one way ticket to your destination (and back)
Sometimes it’s not worth buying a return flight, but instead choosing two one way tickets (these can be from different airlines). You might find a cheap flight and more flexibility by shopping around. It also means you could fly out of a different airport to the one you arrived in, which is great if you’re on your annual trip home and covering a large stretch of country. If you’re planning to visit the same country regularly, you could also check the prices for a one way ticket for the outward journey, and a return ticket for the return and the following outward leg.
Read more: Looking for multiple flights? Try Skyscanner’s multi-stop flight search tool.
Secret 6: Use Explore in Skyscanner App
Go to the Explore section on your Skyscanner app and simply put in your destination. Skyscanner will give you the cheapest flights available and you can choose to specify the length of your trip and direct/non-stop flights.
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