A typical travel itinerary includes all of the information you may ever need while on your trip — for example, accommodation fares and flight bookings. And the latter is always a rip-off. From reserving seats to small water bottles, a plane trip can compel you to spend more than you intend to. Nevertheless, if you can save money on flight bookings, then it will surely give you a head start for a better vacation.
Many travellers believe flight bookings are cheap during the off-season, but that is not entirely true. Because you can get a discount on your flight bookings at any time of the year, yes, you can!
Here are a few simple tips and tricks that will help you book cheap flight tickets in India.
1. Book your ticket 30 days before a trip
Often the most cliched thought is the oblivious one. However, booking flights well in advance is always the right way to approach a business or leisure trip. Understandably, trips can come up without a prior warning, and it can be spontaneous. Nevertheless, for the people who have ample time in their hands, buy your ticket a month before heading out to a new destination. you will surely get discounted airfares and comfortable seats.
2. Search for flights using incognito mode
Yes! Using incognito mode is one of the best ways to book cheap flights in India. Not many are aware of how flight booking portals and sites work. We often take things at face value. But what many flight booking sites do is, it logs your page view and clicks; based on that, they automatically record your activity on their website. So, the moment the system knows that you have done multiple searches for your preferred destination, they manipulate the price. Smart right? Nevertheless, you can beat the system by using an incognito window, that will not reveal your multiple visits to the booking portal. Thus, the price will remain the same for your benefit.
3. Compare prices with other booking portals
If you compare your flight charges with other booking websites, you will get a better picture concerning the offers and discounts. You can access sites like Momondo, kayak, Expedia, Google Flights, and Skyscanner to see every possible airline and their fares for your preferred destination. The detailed information that you may find on the portal will ensure you get better offers and save money.
4. Browse for the flight tickets on weekdays
Just like you, people around the world are trying to browse for the best flight fares and offers. Because it is a weekend, you may think you have leisure time to search for the best offer but so do other people. Therefore on the weekends, the airfares shoot up due to traffic and demand. So, wait till weekdays and try to get the best possible deals on your flight bookings. Bonus hack- not many travel on weekdays, consequently making airfares cheap. So, pack your bags and parade on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
5. Use technology; use apps
Thanks to the advanced technology, it is easy to receive updates on flight fares and offers. Be it iPhone, Android, or other computer apps, it provides tons of options to set alerts for the flight that you want. And also pay attention to emails. Many airlines send email blasts offering special offers and pricing. Sometimes these emails are automatically sent to spams but pay head to airline emails so you don't miss out on a great deal.
6. Baggage and food tips to save money
Check for the airlines that approve carrying a personal item like a briefcase for free. Also, find out if it all under a basic fare. Once your baggage is set, you can move to the next essential item, food. As we all know, airplane foods are ridiculously expensive and resentful sometimes. Don't spend an arm for a burger or a sandwich; instead, you can be smart and carry some snacks or lunch from home.
We hope these simple tricks help you save money, time, and sanity.