As you may know, (cos I haven’t stopped banging on about it) Matt and I are currently in the process of saving for our trip around the world. However, neither of us are the kind of people to just sit back and wait for our amazing trip without embarking on a few little trips before we go…
In the last two years we’ve managed to secure some bargain deals to places such as New York, Budapest, Amsterdam and Mallorca and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! Here’s how you can get the best deals on flights and accommodation.
Booking.com is your new best friend
Before Matt and I got together I would always go straight onto Google and search for ‘cheap hotels in X location’. I soon learnt however, that this is such a long winded process and it’s definitely not the best way to get affordable deals on your accommodation.
You can filter the results by a plethora of different items that you want from your accommodation. From proximity to the city centre, to your budget, whether you want breakfast included as well as free cancellation and a whole manner of different facilities.
I guarantee once you start using the filters option on Booking.com, you won’t look back. It’s absolutely revolutionised the way we book our accommodation.
ONLY use Skyscanner and Google Flights
When it comes to booking cheap flights, regardless of my desired destination, my first port of call is always Skyscanner.
Skyscanner allows you to search for the best flights from an abundance of airports all around the world. In order to make your flights even cheaper, you can select the option to search for flights from airports all over the UK for example, to find the cheapest flights.
Manchester airport may be the closest one to you, but by using this feature on Skyscanner, you may discover that it’s actually a whole lot cheaper to fly from Newcastle or Birmingham. Of course, in order to ensure that you really are saving money, you need to work out the costs of actually travelling to the airport, and whether or not it’ll actually be worth going to a different airport.
Google Flights works in a very similar way and shows you the best deals for flights on the cheapest days and dates.
Make sure you have travel insurance
Travel insurance should be something that you always make sure you have no matter where you’re travelling to and I’m now an even bigger advocate for it since we missed our holiday to Munich.
Having travel insurance that covers you for a whole manner of incidents really is useful when it comes to securing cheaper travel. Even if you manage to obtain the best deals on your flights and accommodation, if the worse happens and you can no longer go on your trip, then you’ll lose money if you don’t have travel insurance.
Use the ‘whole month’ feature
This method of saving money on flights and accommodation only really applies if you have a fairly flexible schedule.
On flight comparison sites such as Skyscanner, you can choose to view the best flights based on a month by month basis to see the cheapest time to fly.
As you can see, Skyscanner shows you a whole month of flights and highlights the cheapest days to fly that month. If you can work to a much more flexible schedule, then this really is one of the best ways to get great deals on your flights.
Sign up for email alerts
Endless emails streaming into your inbox can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you can’t afford a holiday right now. However, many airlines and flight comparison sites allow you to sign up to get free email alerts when flights become available that are within your budget.
Ryanair is one of my favourite budget airlines – although not as much now since they’ve introduced a fee charging you to keep your bags in the cabin – as they offer thousands of amazing deals to cities all over Europe.
I’ve been signed up to Ryanair’s email list for years now and I’ve managed to find some incredible deals on flights to various places. One time I managed to get £25 return flights to Ireland!
Search for flights in Incognito
I’m sure this comes as a surprise to no one, but searching for flights in Incognito tabs is one of the best ways to ensure you obtain cheap flights.
If you search for a flight in your browser, and then decide to revisit a couple of hours or days later, chances are that the prices will have increased somewhat. Your cookies in your browser ensure that the price of the flights you’ve searched for creep up ever so slightly each time so that you’re more inclined to book them before they increase even further.
However, one way to combat this nifty marketing ploy from airlines is to search for your flights in Incognito. Your cookies are reset every time you open a new Incognito window, and your information isn’t tracked. This means regardless of how many times you search for flights in Incognito, the prices aren’t likely to change too much (depending on how long it takes for you to book the flight, of course).
Don’t be afraid to change your travel plans
Similarly to the aforementioned point about being flexible with where you fly from, it’s also important to try and be as flexible as possible when it comes to your travel plans changing.
You may have had your heart set on a week in Mykonos but due to extortionate flight prices and luxurious (but expensive) accommodation, you can no longer afford to jet off to one of the most sought-after destinations in Greece.
When searching for the best deals on flights and accommodation, you shouldn’t be afraid to change your travel plans. This involves every detail from where you fly from, all the way to the place that you’re actually travelling to. You may find yourself changing the location of your next holiday in order to save £££ but this is always a good thing. Just look at it as another unexpected adventure!
Do you have any tips on how to get the best deals on flights and accommodation? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.