Finding great deals on flights always feels good, especially now that budgets are tighter. But it’s not all luck. It’s an art to always get the best prices. Find out how to get the most out of our money-saving tools, plus some data-driven tips.
When it comes to finding great flight deals, the travel sphere is full of complicated strategies and easily debunked myths. It’s time to cut through the nonsense. We look at real data to show you what really works. Ready to always get a bargain? Let’s go.
First things first: understand the science behind flight pricing
More airlines charge their flights dynamically, so prices can change from day to day or even hour to hour. Airlines consider affordability, demand, availability and many other factors when pricing their flights. But there is a pattern to this. Skyscanner travel enthusiasts (data experts) found that airfares tend to follow a weekly cycle. Prices are generally lower at the beginning of the week.
If you want to skip the guesswork, sign up for a Skyscanner price alert. You will receive a notification each time the price of your flight changes. It’s free and easy to deactivate.
If you search for flights with Skyscanner, you don’t need to go into incognito mode or clear your cache and cookies. We never use any form of tracking to alter flight results. You can browse safely knowing that we always display the best prices we can find.
We have seen some general trends in flight prices. Flight prices tend to follow a weekly cycle and are often cheaper at the start of the week than at the end of the week. Midweek flights tend to be cheaper than weekend flights. But, every trip is different. It is always possible that the flight you want will not follow the price trend. Skip the guesswork and leave a Skyscanner price alert tell you when a price drops.
Gone are the days of keeping 25 tabs of airlines and travel agents open, searching daily for the best flight prices. Thanks to our technical team, Skyscanner searches more than 10 billion (yes, with a B) of prices daily, across the world’s best airlines and travel websites, to find the flight that’s right for you. And it’s not just the price you can filter. Find flights based on speed, value for money and environmental impact.
Take advantage of great flight deals during the sales
Although there are great deals to be found all year round, this is when flights are likely to go on sale:
|black friday||Friday, November 25, 2022||All travel deals; especially long-haul flights between the UK and the US and the UK and Australia. Budget airlines sometimes offer £5 flights to European cities.|
|Cyber Monday||Monday, November 28, 2022||Flights and travel essentials like luggage and accessories from online retailers|
|The day after Christmas||December 26||All travel offers|
Find great flight deals with Skyscanner’s features
Find Flights to Anywhere
It pays to be spontaneous. When entering your destination on the Skyscanner website or app, look for the ‘Everywhere‘ option. We’ll reveal the cheapest destinations in Europe and around the world for the dates you want to travel, based on the prices found in the last eight days.
Search flights by month
It’s easier to find great flight deals if your travel dates are flexible. Select ‘The whole month‘ on the research calendar. We’ll show you the cheapest prices for this route and this month found in the last 4 days. If you are very flexible, selecting the “cheapest month” will give you the best chance of finding cheap flights throughout the year.
Multiple cities, one booking
Are you going around the world or want to extend your stopover? Instead of searching for multiple one-way flights, use the Skyscanner multi-city search feature to save money and simplify your projects. We’ll review multiple airlines and online travel agents for your trip, creating the best (and cheapest) itinerary for you.
Jump when prices fall
When you find a flight you like, with a price you don’t like, set a Skyscanner price alert. We’ll monitor the flight(s) you’re interested in and send you an email or push notification when prices change. This is the best way to find an offer if you have a few weeks or months before planning the purchase.
mix and match
You do not have to book return flights, even if you plan to return home. Sometimes it is cheaper to depart with one airline and return with another. You can also consider flying to/from one airport and to/from another. This is especially convenient for cities with multiple airports like Paris, London, and New York. Sometimes it is also cheaper to travel a little to the UK. For example, flights from Edinburgh can cost more than taking the train and flying from Manchester Airport. It takes a bit of tinkering with the flight search to find the best deals, but it can end up finding some really good flight deals.