If you are thinking of planning your dream holiday or returning from your latest getaway, you may be tempted to begin browsing Skyscanner for your next exciting trip away.
It may be the case that you have discussed a potential dream destination with other members of your family and are starting to research the potential cost of travelling to such a destination.
When you immediately realise the cost of flights appear to be out of your range and thus your dream holiday search comes to a juddering halt before your research has even commenced.
Rather than continuing on with your research you are suddenly deterred and decide to settle for a cheaper destination, a holiday you have been on several times before or spend your proposed holiday budget on more mundane items such as painting a fence or buying new wallpaper.
Hopefully the below article will provide you with some ideas on how to get a better deal by making the most of the Skyscanner comparison website.
How To Improve Your Chances Of A Cheaper Flight
The first rule when looking to try to purchase a cheaper flight is to be as flexible as you can be. Being flexible with your dates and destination will give you access to a wider scope of prices that will be give you a greater chance of gaining the best available deal within your budget.
When commencing your search for new flights on Skyscanner, you will always get a wider selection of flights by choosing a specific month of the year you wish to fly as opposed to exact dates. This will then provide you with the cheapest flight available for each day of the month therefore providing you with an opportunity to select the cheapest flight available.
Within the Skyscanner website there is also the opportunity to select an even wider range of flights available by broadening the search of your departure airport. Rather than selecting the airport which may be located closest to you, why not select all airports in your country for your research.
For example if you wish to travel from the United Kingdom to Alicante then rather than select a specific airport such as Manchester or Heathrow, why not input United Kingdom as your departure airport. This will then bring up a list of airports within the United Kingdom and the cheapest prices available for each airport during your selected travel period so that you can compare which is the cheapest airport nearest to you to travel from.
To broaden your search further you can also select to search the country of your destination rather than a specific destination.
In this example you could select the destination as Spain as opposed to Alicante which would bring up a list of all airports listed in Spain. From here you could then potentially select the cheapest airport to travel to within reasonable travel distance of your accommodation.
Direct or Indirect Flights
If you are flexible with the route to your destination and your main priority is not to find the quickest route available then allowing your flight search to filter through Indirect Flights may provide you with a cheaper flying option.
An indirect flight is where your journey may consist of one or more stops on route to your destination. For example if traveling from Manchester to Alicante it may be that the cheapest flight available is an indirect flight which includes a stop off at Amsterdam.
Indirect Flights are often cheaper as direct flights have higher demand and are more convenient therefore the carrier can charge more whereas airlines offering flights to other airports are essentially making their hub and spoke operation more efficient which is why the fees are lower and the flights maybe lower in demand.
Please note that the option of Indirect Flights may not be the preferred method of travel for families travelling with young children as there is the potential for a lot of hanging around airports whilst waiting for connecting flights.
One Way Trips or Return
When booking your flights you will also have the choice on whether you wish to search for a one way flight or return flight. The standard way of searching when booking a family holiday is to select a return trip as the idea when you go on holiday for most families is that at some point you will return on a defined date.
However, you will note that should you select the return flight option on your search that once you click on a date for your outbound journey that the dates for the return journey dates almost always change and quite often will increase.
Therefore, it is worth considering whether to carry out two separate one way searches for your outbound and return journey. This is a slightly riskier approach as it can leave you with one flight booked for your journey however there is a chance that by carrying two separate searches that you may find two cheaper flights.
Please note that if you do book your flights separately on two separate days that you don’t leave the booking of your second flight too late as the closer you get to your departure date the higher the risk that the cost of the flight will increase.
How Far In Advance to Search for a Flight
Although it is well-known that last minute deals are often available these often come in the form of specific dates of travel and offer limited flexibility with regard to your route of travel.
In order to plan a trip thoroughly, on your terms and in order to get the best available deal there is an advisable period of time to book your flights ahead of your departure.
It is commonly advised that a period of one to five months is a reasonable period of time ahead of your trip to find the best deal available. However, if you are travelling somewhere in high demand due to time of year or an event then it may be advisable to book earlier to avoid disappointment.
Why Use Skyscanner
There are many price comparison websites out there at the moment to assist you in searching and comparing flight prices such as Opodo or GoEuro. However, for the most thorough and comprehensive search solely on flights, Skyscanner still stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The wide variety of search options for departure and destination points plus the flexibility on date options allows you to carry out some in depth research before making your booking.
Should you have any queries or questions regarding the above article, please feel free to leave your comments below and we will endeavour to come back to you.