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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Cheap Flights


Andrew Sherman
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Booking Cheap Flights can be a game-changer for your travel budget, but it’s easy to make mistakes that can cost you money and time. One of travellers' biggest mistakes is not being flexible with their travel dates. Flight prices can vary significantly depending on the day of the week, time of year, and even time of day. Use tools like Google Flights’ “Flexible dates” feature to compare prices across a range of dates and find the cheapest options.

Timing is crucial when it comes to booking cheap flights. Booking too early can be just as costly as booking too late. The optimal booking window varies depending on the destination, but generally, 1–3 months in advance for domestic and 2–8 months for international flights is recommended. Monitor fare trends and set price alerts to track fluctuations. Relying solely on a single airline’s website can limit your options. Use flight comparison tools like Google Flights, Skyscanner, and Kayak to compare prices across multiple airlines and booking sites. These tools can help you find the best deals available.

Many travellers automatically choose the nearest airport without considering alternatives. Nearby airports can sometimes offer significantly cheaper flights. Check the “Nearby airports” option on flight search engines to compare prices and see if it’s worth the extra travel time. The initial price for a flight isn’t always the final cost. Airlines often charge extra for checked baggage, seat selection, meals, and other services. Be sure to read the fine print and factor in these additional fees when comparing flight prices to avoid unexpected costs.

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