10 tips on how to get cheap flights online

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Here's the ultimate guide on how to search for flights online to get the cheapest price.

It may seem as simple as Googling your preferred route but we'll teach you how to save hundreds of pounds to get the best deal.

You'll be surprised at the tactics used by some websites to get you to spend more, so we'll first get a little technical to stop that.

Start by getting rid of cookies

Delete the cookies (here's how) from your internet browser, as well as other temporary internet data, as these can be used to track you online and adjust prices accordingly.

Use private search

Private search features (aka incognito mode) in browsers will stop some tracking by websites and could allow you to get you a better deal.

Use comparison engines

There are a number of Flight comparison websites, such as Expedia where you can plug in what city you want to fly to and from and it'll show you the best deals.

Be flexible with your location

Many cities such as New York and London have multiple airports, so you can save money by being flexible. Expedia will show you the cheapest flights from all the airports within a given city, although remember the cost of any transfers.

Leave it late... and leave on a Thursday

When you book flights and what day you fly out can save hundreds of pounds. Mobile app Hopper can help you out, predicting the best prices up to a year in advance. It boasts savings of up to 40% on flights, as well as hotels.

Use a student travel agent

STA Travel describes itself as the world's largest student and youth travel company, offering everything from just flights to full holidays designed for students with exclusive deals and offers.

Consider two one way tickets rather than a return

Sometimes this is cheaper, sometimes it's not, but when there are sales on they're often with one way tickets and so you can grab a bargain this way. Search for both options and have a look!

Fly two different airlines

Look at whether or not it's cheaper to buy two one-way tickets there and back on two different airlines. It's may not be as convenient but could save money.

Book two different routes

Or go one whole step further and investigate whether or not you can get cheap flights by flying back to, or leaving from, (or both!) different airports. For example, you might travel from Heathrow to Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Gatwick. This is especially good for big cities such as London that have lots of airports, but consider any transfer costs.

Always compare the full ticket price

Airlines love to charge fees so when deciding to purchase, make sure you've included everything such as baggage costs.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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