How To Get Cheap Flights To Anywhere

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Let’s cut to the chase everyone wants to save on travel expenses. Cheap flights to your vacation destination are often afterthoughts once you’ve already shelled out exorbitant amounts. But the truth is anyone can get cheap airfare if you do it properly. Call me cheap, call me frugal call me whatever you want but when it comes to lowering my expenses, I’m all ears. So here’s my contribution to all you thrifty people out there. Here are some tried and tested strategies to get low rates for your trip.

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The power of promos and discounts

Never underestimate the power of promos and discounts. They are the holy grail of cheap flights. In the Philippines there are airlines that offer 1 Peso seats. This is a huge discount from the usual 2,000 to 3,000 pesos per seat. The drawback is you have to book several months in advance and it is usually non-transferable. Another point of caution is to look at hidden charges like terminal fees and luggage limits. But still, they are worth considering. So check out your local airlines for their latest promos and discounts. By the way, check out the airline’s website for the latest available seats – they are usually gone the minute they are posted. My sister-in-law usually checks online several times a week.

Some cautions:

As mentioned above, do check for hidden charges and restrictions. Also, you might want to read about the promo mechanics like how many times you should fly with the company before you get a discount or avail their promos. It’s easy to be drawn to slashes on cost and large discount signs. Ask a customer representative for more details.

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Travel consolidators are heaven-sent

Travel consolidators are companies that buy plane tickets in volume. They usually get them at a discounted price. I know what you are thinking. Why not get them in bulk from the airlines yourself? Unless you’re planning to book several planes for a particular day then be my guest and try your luck. But if not, ticket consolidators are a great way to get affordable flights. So when do you get them cheap? Well, as the flight date draws nearer, the need to dispose of the tickets grows greater. This is your opportunity to get lower prices since they usually discount the seats. As such, last minute purchases can work for you.

Some cautions:

Buying tickets on the day itself is a very huge gamble. If you already have everything planned except your ticket, this can be risky. It’s a last resort should you wish to get tickets at low prices. However, if you can score tickets from them a day or two before the flight, you may still get a good deal.

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Get off season tickets

Yes, plane tickets are like hotels. The closer you get to a holiday the more expensive they get. As a rule, plan your travels during off-peak seasons. Of course some sacrifices should be made but at least you don’t have to spend more than what is necessary for your airfare.

Some Cautions:

Off season flights mean you get to your destination off season. Obviously! The draw back here is not being able to participate in holiday events special attractions. Also, you might need to book in advance just to secure a good price. This means you need to plan your trip well. Any changes may incur penalties that will end up with more expenses.

Choosy will get you nowhere

Another secret of cheap flights hunter is to never be choosy when it comes to flight details. There are times when you have to wake up a tad earlier than usual or stay up a bit later just to catch the flight. These are some sacrifices you need to endure just slash the cost on your travel budget. Furthermore, there are airlines that simply charge higher because of perks and amenities they provide. So what if you don’t get free peanuts? They’re overpriced anyway!

Some cautions:

Although they still say flying is the safest way to travel, there are airlines that just defy the statistics. Choosing a reputable airline is always a good idea. But choose one that charges fairly and cheaper.

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Travel in groups

The rule of the pack can work for you. The more the merrier! When you’re traveling with friends you may opt to get group packages. This can pull down your cost significantly. This is also great during vacations or family travels. Just make sure you find the right group promos to suit your budget.

Some cautions:

Although it’s a great way to get cheap tickets, every person has his/her preferences when it comes to traveling. It is important check everyone’s needs (and wants) when it comes to air travel before booking the flight.

Student and senior discounts

If you are a student or a senior, then you may find traveling a bit lighter on the pocket. Many airlines offer discounts and promos for students and senior citizens. Moreover, you may even want to avail of cards and privilege cards that they are offering to enjoy other perks.

Some caution:

Make sure you’re a student or a senior before actually availing these discounts. Otherwise you might find yourself banned from their planes. Cheap tickets are not worth the legal repercussions. Also, it is a good idea to know the policies and limitations of the promos given to students and senior citizens.

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Quick Queries:

  1. Do you prefer a particular airline over the others?
  2. What makes your favorite airline worth using?
  3. What aweful customer service have you experienced when it comes to air travel?

Share your answers in the comments area. I would really like to know.

Rack up the points

Another great way to get discounted or even free tickets is to rack up the frequent flyer points or whatever privilege card you have. Being a loyal customer has it perks in the long run. Getting free international or domestic flights at a discounted price or even free is a sure way to reward your efforts. When given the chance accumulate the points and don’t be bashful in using them.

Some cautions:

First, it pays to update your privilege card account. This will ensure that you have all your points credited. Also, make sure you renew it so you don’t forfeit the discounted or free tickets. Third, it’s a good idea to know all the perks you can get so you can avail them. Lastly, it’s a good idea to communicate with customer service representatives just to clarify any question you may have.

Tour packages

Another excellent way to get cheap tickets is to book tour packages. Apart from getting accommodations you also get the tickets bundled. You may even get airport transports to and from your hotel.

Some cautions:

Although there are numerous travel agencies today it pays to get a reputable one for your travels. This will ensure that you get a safe and secured service. Moreover, it’s just nasty to find yourself paying and not getting any service at all. Check local listing of reputable travel agencies before booking a tour package. In addition, it will be to your benefit to check hidden charges if there are any.

To book cheap flights you need more than just a wish to save money. But it does not have to be a rigorous chore just to score inexpensive flights. In fact, with these strategies you’ll surely get one that is right smack at your budget. So try one of these techniques and lighten your budget on your next trip.

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very useful, particularly this time of year - Summer Holidays...


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Lady_E,

My wife and I usually book flights way in advance. We also take a leave from work way in advance just to make sure we enjoy our vacation.


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MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

Interesting and useful! Very practical hub for this time of the year, we are planning a vacation, so your information if very timely, thank you!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello MargaritaEden ,

I'm glad the hud is useful. Happy hunting hunting for cheap flights. Enjoy your vacation.


juliagorgeo 4 years ago

Hi Jpcmc,

You article focused on Flight Tickets, I have seen the detail you have mentioned in the article and feel very informative. When I was reading your article I really appreciate some important points like - Choosy will get you nowhere & Get off season tickets.

There are several travel agents in the globe who offer and promise for cheap airline tickets but getting right person is really hard. I also had this kind of problem when I am planning to book flight tickets.

I experienced several agents and found some of really very helpful, I still remember my last journey of Egypt and South Africa when I had my booking from http://www.cheapticket.co.uk/ The agents helped me to book my tickets and my accommodation. So, getting cheap flight tickets are depending on the travel agency which you have selected for.

Thanks for the beautiful post..!!


Ryan 4 years ago

I'm tempted to use my mother's senior citizen card. Although the Piso flights of Cebu Pacific is really great, sometimes their service falls below my expectations.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello juliagorgeo,

It pays to know people especially when it comes to getting great deals. Some of us are used to transacting with an agency some hunt for better deals. But of course being a loyal client can get you extra perks.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Ryan,

I've availed of their Piso Flights several times. Although their service can be better, I've seen airlines that are a lot worse.


Reine 4 years ago

This is the first time I hear about travel consolidators. Seems to be a good place to hunt for cheap flights.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Reine,

They are great sources of cheap tickets. Try it.

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