As a travel blogger, I spend a lot of time on flights. Like, a lot. Pretty much all my money goes to traveling. When I ask people why they don’t travel, it’s normally for two reasons: time and money. Although I can’t say much on the time front besides telling you to actually use your vacation days, I can certainly help you on the finance front.
I’ve shared some of my favorite tips on how to find cheap airfare. I’ve taught you how to use error fares to take advantage of computer glitches. But now, I’m taking it to a whole other level. Today, I’m teaching you how to find the cheapest flight, every time. What’s my secret? A website called Skyscanner.
Some of you might have heard of Skyscanner. Some of you might not have. Even if you have heard of it – are you aware of all the amazing features that Skyscanner has? As someone who frequents this website more than the average person, I’m revealing all its hidden tricks to help you find the cheapest flight, no matter what the destination. Click the photos to enlarge them!
1. The “Everywhere” Feature
In all honesty, there are probably at least 20 countries on my bucket list at any given time, if not more. I never run out of places I want to visit. I imagine that most people have several destinations on their bucket lists too. Skyscanner makes having “too many options” a good thing with its Everywhere feature. Basically, you type in your home airport, put “Everywhere” as your destination, and put it the dates (or month) you’re interested in traveling. Voila! You get a list of the cheapest countries you can travel to priced from lowest to highest. SUH-WEET!
2. The Cheapest Month Feature
Let’s say you have the opposite problem. You know exactly where you want to go, but your bank account is just not supporting your dream to learn to tango in Argentina. RUDE. Skyscanner has got you covered. Type in your departing airport and your destination; pick a city or the whole country if you please. Then in the departure and return section click whole month -> cheapest month. May is the cheapest month to visit Argentina (in case you were wondering) and Buenos Aires is the cheapest city to fly into. I may or may not have paid double for this exact flight back in 2012 before I knew about the wonders of Skyscanner.
3. The whole month feature
Alright, let’s say you really have your heart set on traveling in June. Maybe it’s your birthday month (like me, hint hint). Maybe you travel in June every year. Whatever the case, you’re set on June. Again, enter your departure city, pick your destination (or not, if you’re feeling adventurous) then hit “whole month” in the departure and return sections. I picked Spain as an option, and it shows you that Madrid is the cheapest city to fly into, then goes on to show you the specific dates that are cheapest to fly on! How cool is that?
4. Price Alerts
Last but not least…if you’re really set on specific dates, then Skyscanner can help. Let’s pretend I want to fly to Madrid from Los Angeles between June 20th – 27th. My total is $583 (which is a great deal by the way) but I just #Can’tCommit. At the very least, Skyscanner lets you keep an eye on the prices with the handy price alert function. Just hit “get price alerts,” put in your email and Skyscanner will send you emails as the price changes.
Other handy tips:
- You can use Skyscanner to book round-trip, one- way and multi-city flights
- You can use the map feature to visually see how much it will cost you to go anywhere during any given month
- On the home page, you have the option to search for non-stop flights only, to add nearby airports, and to search by airport, city or country. You can also search for premium economy, first class or business class.
- You can use the Skyscanner website OR download the app here
My personal travel hacks:
- Always use incognito mode (file > new incognito window) to avoid websites tracking your searches
- Flying within Asia and Europe is quite cheap on budget airlines, so if you’re willing to spend extra time to save money, fly into the cheapest destination on that continent (use the ‘everywhere’ function to find out which country that is) then take a cheap flight to your final destination.
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I flew to Costa Rica for less than $200 RT last year!
I solely use Skyscanner to book flights and it has saved me SO much money. I have paid less than $700 round trip on all my flights in the last year including last minute flights to Asia, summer flights to Europe, and back to back flights to the Caribbean and Central America. With these handy tips and tricks, you’re guaranteed to find the cheapest flight, every time.
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