Travel Cheats: Cheap airfare!
#1 Look for airfare tickets online using incognito tab
Ever felt excited looking at airfare price that is dirt-cheap, only to return to the website to find it increased? Airlines increases the price if you are looking at the same flights multiple times.For example, by using the normal tab, return flights for Siem Reap is RM100 the first time; RM200 the second time for the same dates. By using incognito tab, it’s RM100 no matter how many times you look at it (unless the cheap seats have all been swept clean).
Some says it works, some don’t. Since I don’t have the exact explanation to tell you how does it work, all I can say is, try it yourself to see if it works for you!
#2 Utilize the great power of the internet
If you have a specific destination in mind, Kayak is a great choice. I’ve heard that Airfare Watchdog is a great tool to monitor airfares too, but unfortunately they didn’t feature Kuala Lumpur, where I am based, as a departure city. Normally I go to the airline sites themselves as they might feature a list of discounted destinations for you to choose from in a specific time period.
#3 Cross reference the destination and your intended travel period before actually planning a trip
Let’s say your time is not so packed in May. Try to check which destination is cheaper in June as opposed to choosing a predetermined destination. It’s risky that way, but I’ve gotten my best deals like this. I usually decide my travel period first before the destination because that’s my only available time. Destination don’t matter to me as I feel that every destination has their own unique quirks and it would be great discovering those.
If you have a destination in mind, though, try travelling in the low seasons. Airfare is usually cheaper then.
#4 Be flexible in your travel dates
Sometimes one day or two days before your intended travel period is all it takes for a cheap return flight.
Departing from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu on 18th May: RM109
Returning on 24th May: RM79.
Total airfare: RM188 (include airport tax)
Departing from KUL to Sibu on 19th May: RM79
Returning on 25th May: RM79
Total airfare: RM158 (airport tax included)
Of course option B is going to sound better than option A. All it took is to fix the travel dates 1 day behind the dates intended and you save about RM30. It’s not a lot though, it roughly translates to $10 USD. But better than nothing right? So if you can help it, try to be as flexible in your travel dates as possible.
I’ve saw online that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best time to book cheap flights, but I don’t think it didn’t make much of a difference for me. Like tip #1 though, if it works for you, great! If it doesn’t, well, no harm done.
#5 Travel budget
If you’re serious about travelling cheap, the invention of budget airlines are GOD. I usually travel spartan-style. It means no baggage, no legroom, no food and no entertainment. Although uncomfortable, it saved me a lot of money which is awesome! Budget airlines do offer add ons to make your journey more comfortable with a minimal price tag. Don’t expect too much though.
#6 Always cross check between the price quoted by travel agencies and the actual price
Travelling can be cheap with a little effort, a little luck and a little flexibility.
What are your favorite travel hacks? Share them in the comments below!
Till next time.