Saturday, July 28, 2018

How to find and buy the cheapest tickets?

Buy a plane ticket today is easy. Do you remember how much time, energy and nerves it took to purchase them earlier? A multi-kilometer queue at ticket offices for the sale of air tickets (especially in the season) and their limited number? And if you lived in a small town or village, additional expenses and time for the trip were added here.

With the advent of the Internet and special services to find air tickets, all these problems were solved overnight. Now the services that you can use when planning your travels and searching for air tickets are enough: Aviasales , Momondo, Skyscanner and others.

We prefer Aviasales and Skyscanner . Because they are convenient and understandable. Instead of a tedious, many-hour comparison of prices in different airlines - a quick search, a large selection and the best prices.

Why do we recommend Aviasales?

Because we tested in practice how this service works, and it seemed to us very convenient and reliable. Using this service, you do not pay additional commissions.

You receive quickly, at any time of the day and in any place (where there is Internet) a list of flights you are interested in for a specified time and in the chosen direction. 

How does the search engine work, and why can we trust it?

The system is designed in such a way that the search engine does not sell anything. He only helps us find what we need.

Aviasales deals with the search and comparison of prices for air tickets in 40 agencies, 728 airlines, 5 reservation systems. When choosing the right option, the search engine redirects you directly to the website of the agency or airline, where payment is made and the ticket is purchased.

This system does not fail, because all Aviasales partners are reliable, tested in the work and are carefully selected. So try it. It is not difficult to find cheap tickets with Aviasales.

What is a Low Price Card?

Imagine the situation: you have a certain amount of money you can spend on buying tickets, and some free days, but do not know where to go (to which country, visa or visa-free) to meet the budget. In this case, you will need a low price card .

Test your version and you will see where you can go so as not to empty your wallet, and the available amount of money would be enough to rest and return home.

To do this, you need to take several steps step by step:

  • Enter the name of the city from where you plan to fly
  • note, you fly only one way or the other way round (do you know that round-trip tickets usually cost less?)
  • note which flights to look for: direct flights or with transfers (by the way, direct flights are sometimes more expensive)
  • if you do not want to do visa processing, you can also specify it, and the search will be conducted only on visa-free countries
  • choose the date of travel (you can simply specify the time of year, month or weekend)
  • the duration of the trip (how many days are coming)
  • the amount that they are willing to spend on the purchase of tickets.

Further, with the help of the search, find the cheapest tickets taking into account the entered parameters in different directions. Having decided on the direction, proceed to the study of proposals, which are collected for one country with the cost of tickets for each city.

Finally choosing what you need, go to the selection of the company to sell tickets and make out the purchase. Everything is very simple. A map of low prices for a few minutes, evaluating your options and opportunities, will choose for you the cheapest tickets and help you decide on the itinerary of your trip.

Low price calendar

In the "Low Prices Calendar"  you can compare the prices found by visitors to the site in the last 48 hours, with what you have found, to study the dynamics of prices for air tickets. In this section, all information on previous requests is collected, which are sorted by prices, countries and dates.

Analyzing the received data, it is possible to choose a ticket that is right for the price at the right place and at the right time.

Skyscanner - service for correct ticket search

The action algorithm, the process of booking and selecting tickets on the Skyscanner site differs little from the actions on Aviasales. Although, of course, there are special features and nuances.
Skyscanner has a chip: choosing the point of arrival / departure, it is not necessary to specify the name of a certain city. The system is looking for tickets and the name of the country at the same time for several cities. This is convenient if you do not care what city you arrive in. The system shows the cheapest tickets for the selected date by cities and airlines. We can only determine for ourselves the city of arrival.
The "Search everywhere" function will help if you have not yet decided on the direction and route. Using this tool, you can understand where and when it is most profitable to go on a trip from your city.
There are other tips on the site. For example, in the presence of several airports, you can choose the most advantageous option, book a ticket (one way or round trip), note which interests the flight - with or without transfers.
When selecting dates, the Price Calendar is useful (to open it, click on the "Depart" and "Back" fields). For those who are free to choose dates - this is a real find. In advance, you can choose the best ticket by using the search for the month (button "all month").
But even if you need a specific date, by clicking on the desired date on the calendar and clicking "Search", you find yourself on the page with the search for the cheapest tickets. Search results can be viewed in two ways: in calendar mode or as a table.
Skyscanner compares thousands of offers and selects the best options for you. We see the result of these searches in the form of a list of all flights. Further, using a variety of filters (flight direct / with a transfer), a list of airlines, travel time, departure time (round trip) we choose a ticket that suits us in all respects.
Due to fluctuations in the exchange rate, it is now difficult to predict how the cost of air tickets will change. To be aware of the changes and catch the time to purchase a ticket, you can sign up for notifications and track prices. This is especially convenient for those who are planning trips for many months and have already decided on the direction and time of rest. By tracking and comparing prices for a certain period of time and direction, you can find the lowest ticket price.

How to save money and find the cheapest tickets?

Predict in advance when and how the cost of tickets will change, hardly anyone can. But there are certain patterns that are revealed in the study of statistics on ticket sales for several years.

  • The most obvious of them is to buy tickets as soon as possible. True, this simple rule is followed, oddly enough, not very many. Most of us buy tickets a month or two before departure, while significantly losing money.
  • We adjust to the seasonal decline in prices. The "low" season is November and the end of January - the beginning of February. And it's expensive and very expensive in the summer, for the May holidays and the New Year.
  • We use a suitable sale or share.
  • We monitor prices in the chosen direction and adjust to fluctuations in the exchange rate.

There are some more nuances, for example:

  • Buying tickets on certain days of the week and even hours. Tickets for early morning flights and mid-week flights are the cheapest. It is not necessary to book tickets from Friday to Sunday.
  • Prices may become more expensive closer to departure, if the direction is heavily loaded. And, on the contrary, they may become cheaper before departure, if the load is bad.
  • The cost of the ticket depends on the volume of traffic in the airplane (the larger the airplane, the more likely that tickets can be cheaper) and the number of flights in one direction (the more flights, the more competition).
  • Do not ignore night flights and small airports (having previously checked how far this airport is away from the city and what is the cost of the transfer, so as not to reduce the economy to zero).
  • Use the accumulated bonus miles (some airlines charge bonus miles for each flight) and the correct bank card (co-brand card), paying for the purchases, you can save bonuses, which can then be exchanged for a ticket.

And, of course, use meta-searches. This is the fastest, easiest and most effective way to find cheap tickets. Searching for tickets on the most popular Russian site-aggregator Aviasales and no less popular foreign search engine Skyscanner will help you to take travel planning under full control.