Flight Tips

Our best resources as well as tips and tricks for getting great flights!

General Ideas
  • It doesn't always matter to get to your final destination right away
  • Once you're in Europe, it's very affordable to get little ​flights to and from main cities
    • You'll save lots of money! 
    • You'll get to see something you didn't plan on
    • Keep in mind it might take more time to get to your final destination
      • But have an open mind and you'll have an adventure along the way!
    • Rule of Flexibility
      • The more of these factors you have, the cheaper deals you will see available
      • If you aren't willing to compromise on these factors, your airfare might be more
        • Less luggage (carry on or less)
        • Booking in advance (3-8 months)
        • Spend some time invested in searching for flights
        • Long travel time (getting from A to B) 
        • Flexible dates
           
Be flexible​​
  • Most people ​book flights in this order:
    • Pick destination
    • Pick their dates and then
    • See what prices come up
      • This usually results in high costs!
  • Do it backwards if you want a cheap flight to Europe/Asia/Australia:
    • See what cheap fares are available to the area in your general timeframe
      • Use the "flexible dates" search feature available on a lot of sites 
    • Figure out the small connections to get you to your final destination
      • Don't rule out trains/buses!
 
​When is the cheapest time to fly?
  • Cheapest time of year to fly:
    • January through mid-May
    • September through early December
  • Most expensive time to fly:
    • Peak summer (mid-June through mid-August)
    • Christmas/New Year’s

When should I book my flight?
  • When you see a great deal (after your contract is signed)
  • Domestic flights: 1-3 months in advance
  • International flights: 2-8 months in advance
    • If you’re planning to go in the summer, you can even book up to 9 months ahead
    • If you're going in the off season, you can book a little closer
  • Keep in mind that prices tend to increase about a month or two before departure​
  • Generally speaking, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the cheapest days to fly
  • Friday and Sunday are usually the most expensive days
     
Great Resources for Finding Flights on Your Own
Great Organizations for Finding Flights For You

"CROSS THE OCEAN

AS CHEAPLY

AS POSSIBLE."

-Scott's Cheap Flights

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