Tips For Booking Flights | Backpacking For Beginners #3

Top tips for booking flights, giving you the best deal and peace of mind!

How do you know where to even begin to look for cheap flights with reputable airlines? The prices vary greatly and with so many to chose from, how do you know if you are getting a good deal? This is why whenever I’m looking to book flights, my first port of call is always Skyscanner.

 

 

Why Use Skyscanner?

Skyscanner is a price comparison website that will show you the cheapest flights, on specific dates that you want to travel. When you have chosen the flight that best suits your needs, the website directs you directly to the airline or travel agent. The best part is, it’s completely free! It provides great flexibility for backpackers, thanks to its whole month search function. This shows you the cheapest flights and price trends for the whole of the month you are looking at.

 

TOP TIP:

Midweek flights are usually cheapest
Skyscanner whole month search function

 

Always Clear Your Search History:

Some travel experts have warned that airlines and booking engines use cookies, to show potentially higher airfares on routes you have searched previously. Clear all your cookies and search history, if you want to get the best deal on your flights.

 

Why I Book Directly Through The Airline

As explained, Skycanner is always my first port of call for the reasons stated above. However, when it comes to booking long haul or expensive flights, I then go to the cheapest airline shown and book directly through them. I avoid 3rd parties for these type of flights, mainly for peace of mind . If I know I will have connecting flights, I want to make sure that I have one booking reference, with one airline.

 

Why?

This is important because if you are catching a connecting flight there are a number of things that could go wrong (but rarely do)! Imagine that you are flying London to Perth Australia, with a short lay over in Hong Kong. If your flight is delayed out of London and you miss the flight from Hong Kong to Perth, as long as you have booked through one airline and have the one booking reference, it is the responsibility of the airline to get you on the next available flight. If you have booked London to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific and then Hong Kong to Perth with Malaysia Airlines, it will be you (or your travel insurance) that has to pay for another flight from Hong Kong to Perth.

Another reason for booking your trip through just one airline, is the fact that legally they cannot sell you flights that don’t allow adequate connection times within the airport. Not all 3rd parties will adhere to this.

 

Think Baggage

It may be that the cheapest flight showing on Skyscanner doesn’t have any baggage allowance included, but the result underneath does. Look at the cost of any hidden extras, to make sure you really are getting the best deal.

Choosing your seat

There is an amazing website called SeatGuru that allows you to put in the details of your airline, and aircraft model to see which seats will suit you best. This can be in terms of general comfort, leg room, or whether you will be near the toilets. Have a look on there before making your final seat selection with the airline you have chosen!

I hope you have found this helpful. If you have any other questions about booking flights, or have tips of your own please share them down in the comments!

Happy Travels!

Han xx

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Hannah

Creative unicorn ninja; Travel vlogger/blogger. Green tea enthusiast and lover of dance and art. Currently be found back in England planning the next adventure! Southeast Asia Odyssey coming very soon!

Where I can be found: UK

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