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How to Fly on the Cheap like a Seasoned Pro

 Stranded on the runway in Galapagos in extremely high heat with no AC on the plane for 4 hours. Stranded on the runway in Galapagos in extremely high heat with no AC on the plane for 4 hours.

So far, in 2019 I have taken about 25-30 ish flights. I have been stuck, stranded, delayed, canceled, re-booked and canceled again on sooooo many flights.

I spend a lot of time flying all over the world and I get asked how I find my flights A LOT! I get asked which sites I use, how I book my flights, what I do for baggage and what are my tips and tricks for booking cheap plane tickets… well ask no more because I am going to break this down into my top 5 tips for finding and booking cheap flights….here are my secrets!

1. Get Yourself a VPN

Personally I use NordVPN but there are other options out there as well like ExpressVPN. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. Basically it provides an added layer of security and anonymity. Sometimes, not always but sometimes when you change the country that your IP address is in then you can find cheaper flights on many of the airline websites and other bargain websites too. It also comes in handy if you are traveling and want to be able to continue watching your favorite shows from home.

2. The Best Days to Purchase Your Flights & Fly

There is a ton of research out there about what days are the best to fly (generally Tuesday & Wednesday) and what are the best days to actually purchase your tickets (generally also on Tuesday but can also be on Sunday). Sometimes these days fluctuate a bit and if you check back on these flights on the same device or computer often, the airlines or companies will increase the cost because the cookies will keep track of it. In other words, that’s another reason to use a VPN.

3. Don’t Buy Your Tickets Too Early or Wait Too Late

If you are traveling within the US you can look at purchasing your tickets about 3 months in advance but domestic flight deals can also be found about 30 days out. If you are flying internationally, about 6 months out or about 1.5 months out (approximately 54 ish days). I generally book my stuff about 50-55 days out if I have the opportunity to plan in advance. (It also helps if you can be flexible on the dates.)

4. Always Compare Airfare & Use a Flight Booker

This might be obvious but always always compare your airfare websites. Don’t assume if you are on a site that collects airline data that they will all be accurate all the time. You can use Google flights and also check directly on the airline websites. I have, however, booked about 80% of my cheap flights through Kiwi.com and I recommend them all the time. You can also use sites like Skyscanner to find good deals and Dollar Flight Club to get emails about cheap flights.

5. Take a Connection & Pack Less

Direct flights will, without a doubt,  be more expensive so if you can swing a little bit of extra time, take a flight with 1-2 connections. If you have an extra day or so, consider an even longer connection to see an extra city or country. It can be a bit of a pain but honestly at this point in my life and being from Albuquerque, New Mexico, I am super accustomed to taking flights with multiple connections. It’s rare to catch a direct flight from Albuquerque to anywhere that isn’t super close by. The second part of this is to pack lessssssss…. I know I know! It’s practically impossible. But you are gonna have a hard time finding an international flight for cheap without having to add on those extra baggage fees. A lot of flights may even charge you for a large carry-on but it will be cheaper in the long run than checking a bag, PLUS if you do end up with a longer connection your bags will not be a pain in the ass. You can get a few of my packing tips here.

Coco Betty Travels About Me

Hi Friends!

My full name is Courtney Elizabeth and growing up some of my nicknames were Coco & Betty, thus the name Coco Betty. Feel free to call me Coco, I still answer to it. I empower women to love themselves through travel, one trip at a time.

2 Comments

  1. Ivan on July 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Question: do you know if you ever can miss first leg of the flight. Or do airlines cancel your tickets?

    • Coco on July 17, 2019 at 10:22 am

      In my personal experience if depends on the company you book through. If you book directly through an airline and miss the first leg, they could cancel the remaining flights. If you book through kiwi or skyscanner they won’t because they book each one separately for you. There is the term skip lagging too which is when someone leaves their flight halfway through the journey cause its cheaper and it can be an issue if you book directly through the airlines.

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Coco Betty Travels About Me

Hi Friends!

My full name is Courtney Elizabeth and growing up some of my nicknames were Coco & Betty, thus the name Coco Betty. Feel free to call me Coco, I still answer to it. I empower women to love themselves through travel, one trip at a time.

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