Everyone loves a bargain and there can be few bargains that are more satisfying than knowing that you managed to get your seat on a flight cheaper than most of your fellow passengers.

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or are off on your annual holiday, read on to find out some tips that could save you serious money on your next international flight.

  • Don’t book a package trip

What ever you do, don’t book a package for your holiday. It can seem really tempting to let your travel agent sort it all out for you, but you’ll usually end up paying far more for the deal overall than if you arrange your flight, accommodation and any extras for yourself.

Why is this? The travel and leisure industry has some of the thinnest profit margins of any industry. When you book a package with a tour operator it gives them an opportunity to inflate the prices of various parts of the package – often without you noticing.

Do your homework and search around yourself for the best deals.

  • Use specialist search engines

You might be surprised to find that the best prices often aren’t listed on the airlines own website. Buyers who go to the airline direct are often loyal flyers who want to travel with that carrier only. The airlines release their absolute best fares out to a more competitive market for which you’ll need to use a specialist search engine such as Globehunters to find.

You’ll also find using one of these specialist flight search engines useful when it comes to our fifth and final tip in this article.

  • Check out the mid-week price

Flying when there’s less demand is a great way to find a bargain. Airlines will reduce the price of flights that are less busy than the peak flights in order to try and fill seats that would otherwise remain empty.

If you like a little more personal space on your flight, you’re far more likely to find the seat next to you is empty on a mid-week flight.

  • Book as late as possible

We admit that this method of getting a bargain flight isn’t for everyone, but if you’re on a tight budget and want to get away, it could be just the solution that saves you some money.

As the days to departure get fewer and fewer, airlines will reduce the price of any remaining seats.

In order to keep their flight departure slot from an airport, the airline has to run the flight, whether it has reached the point of being full enough to be profitable or not. This means that the airline will often reduce prices right within a few days prior to departure in order to get some money in and reduce losses.

This method could also save you on your accommodation too. Many hotels will offer the best discounts the closer it gets to the booking.

  • Fly each way with a different airline

If you’ve familiarized yourself with a specialist flights search engine such as Globehunters, you can now use those search tools to find the prices for one way flights.

Often there are a number of airlines flying the same routes who offer great deals on single fares. You may find that one airline is cheaper than another on your outbound and return flights. So, it could be cheaper to buy two single flights with different carriers than it would be to buy a return flight with one airline.
As you can see, there are great discounts to be found if you are prepared to do a little searching around first or make slight adjustments to the time and day of departure.

If you used one of the above techniques to save some money on your international flight, please leave us a comment here on the blog, with how much you managed to save and how.

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Everyone loves a bargain and there can be few bargains that are more satisfying than knowing that you managed to get your seat on a flight cheaper than most of your fellow passengers. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or are off on your annual holiday, read on to find out...