How to find and book the cheapest flight tickets 46


Book Early

This is the standard advise given out by every travel advisor. Airlines provide tickets at cheaper rates if booked early. This is to incentivise the users so that the airline can operate with confidence that its flight will be full sooner. If your travel date or date range is confirmed, book the tickets right away, as early as possible to get the best fares. Booking in last minute will cause unnecessary stress on the wallet as well as peace of mind, since normal economy tickets tend to become sold out as the flight date gets closer and the travellers are forced to book business class or premium tickets at a higher fare than that of the economy class.

Book flexible dates

There are certain portals such as makemytrip.com or SkyScanner where one can see a calendar of fares, in different combinations. Anyone with flexibility in dates should check for the cheapest outbound date and the cheapest inbound date. Even if your region doesn’t have any OTA that supports such a feature, one can manually check the rates for a 1 week to 10 day period to figure out the best date for travel.

Compare OTA vs Direct Airline website

Certain airlines offer cheapest prices on their own website compared to OTA (Online Travel Agent) websites. It is always advisable to check the prices of a flight ticket in multiple OTAs as well as directly on the airline website before booking. Several OTAs charge a convenience fee (ex: Tajawal, Cleartrip etc) while booking with specific airlines (Air India Express, Air Arabia etc). To avoid this convenience fee (sometimes called as “Processing Fee”), simply logon directly to the airline’s official website and book from there.

Avoid Credit card Forex Fee

When booking flight tickets online, avoid using international portals and use portals in your own country to book the flights. Since you will most likely be using a credit card to book the flight ticket, watch out for the foreign exchange fee on the card (aka forex fee), which usually starts at 3.5% on most cards. Ideally, look for tracel portals (OTAs – Online Travel Agents) of your own country and book through them.

Book Connecting Flights

If you have time, but want to save on money, opt for longer flight times but with cheaper fares. Most OTAs allow you to sort by cheapest flight and shortest flights. Often, connecting flights are cheaper. Some OTAs also make their own connecting flights without codesharing agreement between the airlines themselves.

Hide your Flight ticket Search History

OTAs as well as airline websites use cookies to track a returning user and intentionally show higher fares to maximize their profits. It is always recommended to do all your flight searches in “Incognito Mode” or “Private browsing mode” to hide your search history from such websites.

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46 thoughts on “How to find and book the cheapest flight tickets

  • irene Haurobi

    I would like to buy return ticket using miles how do I go about it . From Khartoum to Harare and from Harare to Khartoum.

  • Brita Gardom McLaughlin

    hi. I just want to change the credit card I just used – can a customer service rep help me with this without me incurring the cancellation feels?i still want the flight

  • SBL Saxena

    Dear Sir,

    SUB: Looking for most optimum cost Business Class travel:- BKK-CMH(Ohio)-BKK

    I am Indian National working in Thailand for last over 20 years.
    For our travel from Bangkok to Columbus (Ohio) United States, me and my wife wish to travel by most optimum Business Class ticket.

    Dates of our travel are flexible say by +/- 3 or 4 days.

    Proposed Travel Dates are:
    Bangkok – Columbus (CMH) 12th Oct 2018: +/- 3 or 4 days.
    Columbus (CMH) – Bangkok 8th December 2018: + 3 or 4 days

    Please inform us possible flights. I expect total flight time including stop over not omever 25 to 27 hours.
    As regards to cost of business class send me the possibilities anywhere below 5000 US $ and not over.

    We already have 10 years validity Multiple entry US Visa and we have travelled to US 10-12 times in last ten years or so.

    Best regards,
    SBL Saxena

  • Cindy Ivey

    I accidently booked the wrong date for my husband’s flight home from Alberta. I have been on hold for over an hour now as the on-line system will not allow me to cancel/change the date. What a waste of time! My error, I realize that – but on hold over an hour….seriously?

  • Muaz Yusuf Ahmed

    I am a PhD STUDENT here in one of malaysian university, I would like to travel to Nigeria .. i mean from Kuala Lumpur to Abuja Nigeria or from Kuala Lumpur to Kano Nigeria,on 13, 14,15,16 Dec, and come back on 12,or13,0r 14 January 2019. please can you get me a cheapest ticket ?? thank you so much

    • Stephanie Onuorah

      I want to check if there’s still seat to travel to Addis Ababa from Enugu on 5/1/2019 to come back on 29/01/2019. please if there’s space how do i make my payment

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  • Wellington Abrahim Cooper

    I Please Kindly Seek your Urgent Financial Help For Protection as Im Homeless here In Bamako for Twelve Months as Due To Lack of Dollars and Stay In Senegal Since The Fall of Libyan Gadafi and Loss all My US Dollars, about Two Decades or To Return To Senegal either Country of Origin and Birth The USA, where I Live Before Arrested By These Same Terroris who Sent Me To Mali,Since January 2018 and with Out Shelter,Medication,Food and Clothing and Sleep at The Sonef Lorry Park That Took Me From Nouakchott To Mali,Since I Loss All my US Dollar In This Region, and Please Find attached Of Reference Photos Of US Diplomat who Die From Tieing on a Pole at The South Beach april 12 1980 By Doe Men in Liberia, That Created All These Misfortune Im Calling No one Here My Call,Monrovia a City Control By Libyan araps Lebanaise and The Forest People on this of Africa, ,I Left Dakar By saint Louis Since The 17 of January 2018 By saint Louis and Arrive In Nouakhott on the Twenty of January 2018,and was arrested By Police who Same To Be These Same Criminal assigned at Muy US Embassy In Nouakchott,I was Jailed and Istill Of Returning Me To Roso Mauritania where >I came From To saint Louis They Brought Me Bamako where I Don’t Know and I am homeless for twelve Months and Still at the Lorry Park,I am Mr Wellington Abrahim Cooper Born on January 1 1981 In New York To Charles J Cooper and Valentino Rebecca Cooper Presently Lives In Washington DC as US political and conomic secretary who was responsible for resolving political situation between the regime of former President Lansana Conte of the Republic of Guinea,It was During the time in 1999 and was my second time to West Africa, when a group of men entered the city of Conakry, it confuses US Diplomats , here for which I loss more than one hundred million Of US Dollars , but with investigation gotten from sources From information, It was Due To The opening of the Sierra Leone border that is about 600 km From The Guinean Capital Conakry, which led men from the Guinean forest region to the border with Liberia could Rush into the Capital Of Conakry That left Me with Lossing More Than hundred Of Millions Of Dollar in 1999 and Until after My Visit with The MV Doulos ship which time I was Kidnap By Rebel Leader sekou Damate Corneh From Conakry Through Sierra Leone To Monrovia and was Place In to A Hotel Holiday Inn Manage By Mr.Bassam Jawhary a Libyan and Spend Eight Years with Losing A Billions Of US Dollar and Return In 2011 where My Dollar Was arrested Both in Sierra Leone and Conakry after Mauritania have Taking away a Grip worth over 20 Millions of Dollar From The Forest of Ivory Coast , which created a precarious situation and has been able to finance the transport of all those who, outside the Guinean Republic, return home. Mr. President, it was after a visit with the ship MV Doulos who was on the dock at Conakry Harbor, opposite your residence, the supermarket, your neighbor, the Sierra Leone Embassy, where I was recovered by strangers. as the men of rebel leader Sekou Damate Corneh and his compatriots who kidnapped me from Conakry to Monrovia via Sierra Leone, this brought the US and Irish army back to the UN representative in Liberia, Excellency Jack Paul Klein,although the first American since the fall of 1989 The civil war that struck my gray stone suit of the United States when the fighters stormed Wellington’s house that scares me, as well as those of The men hurry up, drive me to the Holiday Inn hotel run by a Libyan bassist Jawhary, where I spent eight years losing more than ten billion dollars, according to the statement of dad and attorney in the United States when Called him in 2016 and it was the moment of my return to Sierra Leone and Conakry in 2011, I currently reside in Senegal and left of Dakar by St. Louis ulaye and cross of St. Louis Roso Mauritania Roso where I boarded for a car in Nouakchott The reason for my visit was to search my parent whom we separated in September 2003,I was arrested by a police who would be recognized as one of those same criminals of Conakry and are always embarrassing me I and my family were arrested by the police in front of my US Embassy and sentenced to jail for days since I lost my phone in Dakar. In Roso Saint Louis, they take me to Mali since January 2018 and since then, they are in the heavyweight park since I am American and do not have access to Guinea itself where I spent more than twenty years in as an American diplomat before talking about Mali. Me in 2011 was arrested and is currently in the Sky Bank in Conakry and Sierra Leone That’s why I have no dollar and I live since 2011 in Conakry without shelter, without drugs, without food or clothing. Im still homeless since the war From Libya and losing all my US dollars, while I’m dying like a dog here in Bamako for twelve months, I do not even have the money to book a room to sleep and stay away from Sonef’s transport services as the police drove me to Nioro Gugui and brought him to Bamako. Please, attach yourself to the American identity, please kindly bring your financial assistance under the American name Deplomat returning to my country and being currently homeless here in Bamako as a lack vis-à-vis of the American dollar losing all my dollars in Libya and then going to West Africa as American political secretary, I was kidnapped in 2003 by the warlord Sekou and Corneh and the deceased Cheyee Z Doe, while he had been to the Super Market at home since my mission with my parents had been stranded for three decades now in Africa, in 1999, in the Republic of Guinea, the Office of Human Rights and the UNHCR.the refugees in Conakry, went to the political situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone, which allowed me to lose more than a hundred of millions US Dollar, Me in 2011 was arrested and is currently in the Sky Bank in Conakry and Sierra Leone That’s why I have no dollar and I live since 2011 in Conakry without shelter, without drugs, without food or clothing. Im still homeless since the war From Libya and losing all my US dollars, while I’m dying like a dog here in Bamako for twelve months, I do not even have the money to book a room to sleep and stay away from Sonef’s transport services as the police drove me to Nioro Gugui and brought him to Bamako. Please, attach yourself to the American identity, please kindly bring your financial assistance under the American name Deplomat returning to my country and being currently homeless here in Bamako as a lack vis-à-vis of the American dollar losing all my dollars in Libya and then going to West Africa as American political secretary,I was kidnapped in 2003 by the warlord Sekou and Corneh and the deceased Cheyee Z Doe, while he had been to the Super Market at home since my mission with my parents had been stranded for three decades now in Africa, in 1999, in the Republic of Guinea, the Office of Human Rights and the UNHCR. the refugees in Conakry, surrendered to the political situation in Liberia and Sierra Leo

  • Lawrence Kinyua

    I would like to book for one way ticket to Nairobi from Hargesia via Addis in April last week of April 2019 what are the flexible dates?

  • Vlascicka Triaska

    I would like to book flight from Belgrade, Serbia to Houston, Texas on June 8 and return on July 6 (or around these dates – important it is on weekend Saturday or Sunday). I am looking for the cheapest option. I am 67 and with relatively poor vision. I would like to purchase ticket in Belgrade. Payment can be done in dinars or USD. Please, give me the contact – e mail to Belgrade office, so I can get in touch with them. Thank you.

  • Syaifuddin

    I would like to suggestion to the Garuda Indonesia Ticket Office telephone contact numbers to provide the internet Mobile Number which could access of WA or VC. this is easy the costumer send any massages related any issues to be solved Quickly action, easier, effectively, efficiently and timely manner please.

    Because of current number is most expensive (High Roaming cost) in communication

    Highly appreciate for your kindest to improve the Communication link please

  • vinod lobo

    2 May 2019 23:00 hrs Dammam (DMM) Mumbai (BOM) 9W 563 Jet Airways
    08 Jun 2019 19:55 hrs Mumbai (BOM) Dammam (DMM) 9W 564 2 Jet Airway
    I received message on phone the flight is cancelled. please call me on 0551424671 and let me know what is the status or what are the other alternatives. ASAP. or if you cannot arrange the flight refund the money immediately. so I can look for other options. I do not want to waste days of my planned vacation chasing your flight cancellations and rescheduling

  • Mohammed P. K.

    I do appreciate your advise it is really a stitch in time that saves nine, because it has educated me as to what to do whenever I want to book a flight to save me from spending huge amount of money on air fare. I will henceforth visit the airline office to get whichever information I may need regarding my trip.Once again thanks a lot for that awe-inspiring information.

  • Mary Ndungu

    Hello,

    My name is Mary.

    I request to talk to someone at the customer care desk

    All the telephone numbers you have provided are not going through.

    • Editor G

      Dear Mary Ndungu
      We have not shared any numbers on this page. If you are looking for any specific airline, please comment on that page which is dedicated for that airline.

  • john morgan

    i have tried to contact Turkish Airlines in dublin.on this phone number..01 5251849..as directed by the Website…A message comes on to say that the number is no longer in use!!!..Can you please tell me how to make contactwith the Dublin office..Thank you..John Morgan

  • Marschhofer Karl

    Passagier Frau Mag. Irina LEBANIDZE , reserv. TK/TDTMQC/IS/LNYELV/
    ich habe für die Freundin unserer Familie im net bei Turk. Airl. buchen wollen , bin aber an my trip mit Sitz in Griechenland geraten. Ich werde 84 Jahre und bin am computer ein Anfänger. Ich habe Hin-und Rückflug plus Aufzahlungen für Terminänderung , Kofferaufgabe und Speisen gebucht. Es hat sehr schlecht funktioniert .
    Frau Lebanidze konnte bei Ihrem Büro in Tiflis das ticket NICHT erhalten, erst später hat sie das ticket bekommen. Essen war im Preis inbegriffen , habe ich also doppelt bezahlt. Die Griechen sind also keine guten Partner . Ich werde im Februar bei Turk. im net buchen, ich bitte um hilfreiche Anleitung dazu, ich bin Privatpilot und Vielflieger.
    Am Letzten des Juli hat Frau L. mit Ihrer Mutter per video telefoniert, einige Stunden ist Ihre Mutter bei der Operation (nicht billige OP , 3 stants) gestorben . Ich konnte nicht autofahren, grauer Star OP ). Frau L. ist am Steuer meines Autos überstürzt nach Wien Schwechat gefahren, um den Abendflug-Flug Wien Tiflis via Istanbul zu erreichen . Trotz meiner Aufzahlung für kostenlose Umbuchung musste ich am Schalter Flughafen Wien etwa € 195,– bezahlen. Das war in der Eile NICHT zu bklären !! Das kann am Abend passieren, aber versuchen wir es wieder gut zu machen, bitte . Danke, Bei meinen Reiseberichten kann ich das erwähnen .
    Frau Lebanidze will im Februar 2020 wieder zu uns kommen . Ich bitte hier eine grosszügige Lösung anzubieten. Tiflis -Wien oder auch via München Salzburg oder Linz . Ich wohne in Oberösterreich und habe nach München die gleiche Entfernung. Frau L. kennt aber nur den Flughafen Wien und die Bahn zu uns: Attnang – Puchheim. mein Tel. 0699 122 01234 , [email protected]

  • Pornchai Ravichutiwon

    Refer to PIR # SU404499 about my baggage loaded from ATH (SU2111 on 17DEC2019 transited to SU272 at Moscow, the baggage had been found broken and four Toblerone in 34-piece packs (14 Euro for two) had been lost at Suvannabummi Airport, Bangkok on 18DEC2019. I already reported this at the Airport on that day. I have been trying contacting the Airlines via various modes such email, direct calls at 023562998, 02251-0617-8, 0-2251-1223-5, 0-2254-1180-2 since 20DEC2019 but it always becomes unsuccessful. Up to now. I have not yet been responded. Please immediately take an action.

    Pornchai Ravichutiwon

  • Hashir A Khan or Hashir Ali Khan

    I Book my Saudi Airline ticket to fly on Jan 30th and return on Feb 10, 2020, through the Saudia Airline office in Saudi Arabia; they email me my Itinerary with my e-ticket number 0652122634174.
    This morning I went to the SAUDIA website https://www.saudia.com/ “MANAGE BOOKING” use my e-ticket number 0652122634174 and print out my e-ticket and still no error message or cancellation notice my e-ticket valid.
    Saidia Airl line charges my American Express card with my name “HASHIR A KHAN.” on Jan 16, 2020.
    but when I call Saudi Airlines to find out language size, they told me my ticket had been canceled. Due to my name on my credit card, it does not match my full name on my passport.
    My name on my passport is “HASHIR AII KHAN,” and my name on my credit card is “HASHIR A KHAN.”

    There is the missing link between https://www.saudia.com/ “MANAGE BOOKING and Saudia Airl line office

  • John Hayes

    Since Rodrigo Dutererte in Philippines has not allowed your flights to land in Cebu it seems impossible to talk to any one in your Adelaide office or Lai Lai agent. So as l, Ronald John Hayes & Fedelina Nadela Hayes have bought a ticket departing from Adelaide Air port 29 Feb 2020 & returning 28 March, 2020 we would like to know our ticket status. [email protected]

  • Marschhofer Karl

    VIE – Istanbul – Wien with 3* hotel down town , historic center, 3 0r 4 nights with breakfast end of march 2020

  • Rodoljub Popovic

    I want to buy one way ticket from Detroit, Michigan to Belgrade, Serbia, dates are flexible from May 15th to June 1st.
    Please advise, signed Rodoljub Popovic, Phone # 734-891-4869

  • Stephen Heath

    my wife and I are in lockdown in Australia. The South African consulate informed me of a possible flight (repatriation) to South Africa. Can you please advise as to whether this is happening and if so please let me know what the cost for two persons would be and also whether your flight lands at Cape Town and or Johannesburg..

    Thank you
    Kindest regards.

    Stephen Heath

  • Seyed Jalil Sadri

    Hello there: I am looking for my family for cheapest ticket SFO to Tehran with three languages. How could I get one.
    second, I have already Turkish ticket one way to Tehran ( Oct 7/2020) I would like because of COVID 19 and Turkish Airlines schedule to Tehran, postpone it and make it as open ticket I use that any time I want. how could I do it. How it could be done? refund or new open date ticket for end of next year or more late?. My Ticket # is 235-1400663793 SEYED JALIL SADRI GHISAR please check and let me know what could be done,
    I look forward hearing you good news. I really kindly appreciate your kindness in advance and God bless you always.
    Seyed Jalil Sadri
    (510)502-7639

  • masoud Azartash

    Hi There
    I would like to get a round ticket Tehran Los Angeles Tehran .Please let me know.
    flight from Tehran to Los Angeles : Dec 10 th 2020
    return from Los Angeles to Tehran : Jan 30 th 2021

  • Annalie van der Merwe

    Dear sir or madam

    I would like to purchase the offer that was launched as a black Friday special… Fly from Windhoek to Frankfurt for N$ 8 300 per person. 2 x baggage and free change of dates, fully flexible. if necessary. Sales period advertised: 27 Nov until 10 December. Offer is to fly between 30 March and 30 September.

  • John Steeples

    Booking a flight some people go long distance so we need have extra weight but when you booking a flight you can’t see any box give you that
    alternative this is what I’ve been looking for oazmis to manila 29/3/2021
    the reason I sent you this text is because I can’t see anywhere we can put weight on your bag and carrying 40 kg

    So can you give me the best price please also need to go on a boat