There’s a famous saying that goes ” you don’t have to be rich to travel well”. In this day and age, it has never been truer. Travel is no longer an exclusive experience for the rich. As long as you know where to look, you too can travel well and comfortably within a reasonable budget. One key method to plan for a more affordable trip is to look for it online.

And, of course, flights will be a major part of your trip. Here are some ways that you can bring down your flight ticket costs.

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How to Find Cheap Flights Online?

1. Use Flight Ticket Aggregator Apps

One of the first things you want to do is download an app that compares and compiles all the possible flight tickets in one place. These apps are a quick and easy way for you to identify which airlines are offering the best deals for the date and destination you want. These are some of the most useful flight ticket apps in the Phillippines.


Skyscanner app
Image credit: Skyscanner Philippines Website

Skyscanner is an app that lets you search for flights to any destination in under 30 seconds. The most affordable tickets will usually be displayed first and you can use the built-in features to find the most affordable days to travel in a month. The same feature will also help you narrow down which months are the best to travel to your chosen destination. Skyscanner gathers ticket prices from more than 1200 airlines and online tour agents so you can be assured of all the promotions and discounts available.


Hopper app
Image credit: Hopper on Google Play

Hopper is yet another easy to use app where you can find all the tickets available. Price ranges will be displayed as different colour codes on a calendar so that you can explore alternative flight dates. This is super helpful to find the seasons with the lowest flight prices. Bookings can be made within the app itself. You can also choose to save a particular travel date or destination and be notified when there’s a promo price on it.


Kayak app
Image credit: Kayak on Google Play Store

At Kayak, you can customize your search easily using the many filters available. As with all the flight aggregator apps mentioned previously, you can use this on mobile and through an online website. Kayak is a straightforward app where you can get a list of flights according to your parameters. You’ll be redirected to official airline sites once you choose a flight so that you can make your purchases more securely.

Download the app here.

2. Always book early

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The earlier you plan your trip, the higher your chances of getting cheaper tickets. This is because you can avoid the last minute scramble whereby most airlines tend to increase their prices nearer to the take-off date. Early bookings, at least 3-6 months before you fly, will also give you a better baseline picture of what prices are like during your chosen travel date and destination.

Some recent reports also suggest that the best day to book flights is Sunday.

3. Go flexible with dates

One of the best strategies to gain a better flight ticket price is to not be fixated on one travel date. Ticket prices can vary greatly over a period of a few days. Typically, flying in the middle of the week will be cheaper. However, this isn’t always true when there’s a holiday around. Always be prepared to shift your flight dates a few days before or after to avoid days when the crowds are flying.

4. Make use of travel credit cards

Credit card
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If you’re a frequent flyer, it helps to have a credit card specifically dedicated to travelling. It would be even better if this credit card was tied to your favourite airlines such as AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Phillippines Airlines or the like. Using these credit cards can often win you rebates, discounts, and points. Often you can also get frequent flier miles which you can be used to claim more affordable tickets.

Here is a short list of the top credit cards with miles rewards you can consider:

  • Citi PremierMiles Visa
  • HSBC Visa Platinum
  • UnionBank Cebu Pacific GetGo
  • UnionBank Cebu Pacific GetGo Platinum
  • PNB-PAL Mabuhay Miles World Mastercard
  • AUB Platinum Mastercard

5. Consider a connecting flight

If you’re travelling for leisure and can afford the layover, connecting flights are often cheaper than direct flights. Many flight ticket apps like Skyscanner offer features where you can choose to show both direct and connecting flights so that you can compare prices. Be flexible with your destinations and consider stopping for up to a day in a connecting city. You’ll get to chance to broaden your horizons whilst at it.

6. Use cashback deals

Wing of plane
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Using travel deals from ShopBack is one way of bringing your travel ticket prices down. There are up to 6% cashback offered by our various flight partners including airlines like Tiger Air, Phillippines Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and so much more. 6% back on the total price of a flight, is quite a good sum.

7. Don’t Believe the Seach History Myth

It’s important to not believe online flight myths that ask you to clear your search history before a search. Airlines will offer cheap flights from time to time that have nothing to do with your search history. Flight aggregator sites, promotional sites and the rest are pretty transparent and honest. They will definitely show you the cheapest tickets affordable based on whatever search terms you want.

Affordable flight tickets are a click away. Don’t forget to fully utilize the flight aggregator apps to bring up the best deals available to you.

For more travel inspiration don’t miss our top destinations to visiting during the 2019 holidays and long weekends here.

*Featured Image credit: Bambi Corro | Unsplash