One of the first hurdles if you want to go travelling is finding the cheapest flights. Depending on where you live, visiting Asia on a tight budget might not even be possible if you can’t get a good deal on a flight first. Fortunately we have done a lot of travelling here at We Wander Asia and we have put together some of our top tips to help you get the cheapest flights to suit your budget.
Here are the top 5 tips for finding the cheapest flights…
Use aggregator sites
The easiest way to check out the best deals is to use an aggregator site. Back in the day these didn’t even exist and you had to go to each airline website separately and then cross check all the prices. Fortunately this has now been made easy and you can use sites like Kayak and Skyscanner. The great thing about these sites is that they will shop around for you and give you the results in a few seconds
Do open searches
If you use an aggregator site like Skyscanner or Kayak then it will let you do an ‘open search’. This is by far the best way to get the cheapest flights as you can just type in your departure city and then leave the destination blank or choose ‘Fly Anywhere’. The site will then search and find the cheapest flights for you and as long as you are willing to be flexible you can get a great deal. If you want to explore Asia this may mean snapping up tickets to India instead of flying directly to Malaysia as you had planned, but just keep an open mind and get ready to save money.
Have flexible dates
As well as keeping the destination open you should also keep the dates flexible if you want to score the cheapest flights. Set the search criteria to ‘Anytime’ and then let the aggregator do the hard work and show you which days are the cheapest for you to fly on. Often you will find that weekends are more expensive but if you can fly during the week, or in the off season, then get ready to see the price of the tickets tumble.
Choose the right airport
Many cities in Asia have more than one airport or they may have another international airport that is very close to your destination. Sometimes you might get a cheaper ticket if you fly into a lesser known airport rather than the main hub. You also might be able to get a flight cheaply to a neighbouring airport and then get a bus to your final destination which often won’t cost much in Asia. Don’t always focus on the famous names and you might be surprised at the savings!
Use budget airlines
Some aggregator sites only show you the top airlines but others like Kayak and Skyscanner will show you all the options including budget airlines. Many budget airlines don’t fly long haul but you may be able to get a cheap ticket on the shortest leg of your journey and you can then change to a budget airline for the second leg. This will usually turn out to be much cheaper than buying a ticket with a major airline all the way to your final destination.