How to buy tickets cheap - 20 proven tricks

Hello! In this article I will talk about how to fly around the world as cheaply as possible, knowing a variety of tricks and techniques. The article was prepared for a long time and finally waited for the publication!:)All tips are based on our personal experience or the experience of our traveling friends.

Basic knowledge of booking flights

1. Meta-search engines

The most profitable way to buy tickets is throughmetasearch engines. They collect information from hundreds of airlines and offer you a choice in different price categories and with different conditions. The most popular search engines today are and. We use skyScanner. The competition among search engines is very high, so each service tries to offer some unique services.

For example, Skyscanner allows flexible searches. For this, it is not necessary to indicate the country of arrival and any specific dates. You can view advantageous offers in all directions.

At the same time you can see the price of tickets for a whole month or even a year.

Aviasales offers another interesting feature - ““, in which there are many interesting filters for selecting the most successful and suitable tickets.


At the same time you can see the price of tickets for a whole month or even a year.

Aviasales offers another interesting feature - ““, in which there are many interesting filters for selecting the most successful and suitable tickets.

I admit honestly, I have never found airline tickets cheaper than Skyscanner, but for sure it’s worth checking tickets in different search engines. Search engines do not take a commission for their services, so you can book through them calmly and without unnecessary burdens on the budget.

2. Price fluctuations

It is believed that the best price for air tickets is two months (50-60 days) before departure. The fewer empty seats in the plane - the higher their cost. However, companies often arrange a variety of promotions and sales, so there is no clear pattern for the timing. Sometimes we see that closer to the date tickets are getting cheaper.

In general, can be identifiedthree periodsfor buying the cheapest tickets: for a year, for two or three months, for a few days (last minute offers).The latter option is suitable for those who are ready for adventures, surprises and adventures, because There is no 100% guarantee that tickets will appear at all.

3. Back and forth

Purchase of ticketsThere and back againoften cheaper than a one way ticket. It would seem that this is very strange and completely illogical, but it is so. Therefore, many buy a round-trip ticket just for the sake of economy, and the return ticket is simply thrown out. With all the delights of this fact, it is worth noting that the most low-cost airlines do not always offer this opportunity. Also, this scheme does not always work for very long distances.

4. Days of the week

As a rule, buying a plane ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday is cheaper than on otherdays of the week. On weekends, flights are the most expensive. There is a nuance about the time: it is believed that morning and night flights prices are cheaper. Therefore, when searching for tickets, see differentdeparture time. Moreover, there is a dependence on the time at which you are looking for tickets! For example, booking air tickets at night or early in the morning before the start of the working day will be cheaper. Often, ticket prices are lower at this time and more choices.

5. Different dates

Another point about the dates. If you do not have an iron deadline, be sure to check out the offers ondifferent dates. It often happens that even on neighboring dates the price of a ticket differs twice!

6. City of Departure and Arrival

The same applies toto the cities of departure and arrival. For example, many international flights are much cheaper when departing from Moscow, and not from St. Petersburg. Often, people living in St. Petersburg, buy tickets from Helsinki, and before it already get by land transport. By the time it is not very profitable, but it can significantly reduce transport costs on your journey. Try searching for flights from neighboring cities.

7. Loukosterov

To date, flights are very developedon loukosterov- low cost airlines. Unlike regular airlines, they have many restrictions (for example, baggage allowance), service on board is not included in the ticket price, and it is almost impossible to hand over or exchange a ticket. But the main thing is that flying on low-cost airlines is really very cheap! In Europe, sometimes prices start from one euro! For example, tickets costing up to 10 euros between some European cities almost always have an airline. Known for its dumbfounded prices and the company.

For more distant flights you need to look at different companies. A complete list of all the low-cost airlines in each continent can be found. Next, you need to look for tickets on the airline's website.

8. Charter flights

Also in some cases you can flyon charter flights. Charter flights are flights that travel agencies book for their tours. If there are empty seats in the plane, the agencies start selling tickets for the plane separately from the tours. As a rule, this happens shortly before departure, so these tickets are called "burning". Charter flights do not fly in all directions, but only on popular ones. But the flight on such a flight will cost many times cheaper than on a regular regular flight.

Find a suitable flight on one of the sites:

  • Charter flights from Oneaero-GoCharter Alliance (I use this site)
  • Flights for charter and regular flights
  • CHARTERPAN Company 
  • Avia-Mir company
  • All charters
  • Internet project ""
  • Professional tourist portal (section "Exchange")

9. Seasonality

The price of air tickets is very dependent onseasonality ". As a rule, in summer, during the holidays, on New Year's holidays, on May and November holidays (for the Russian Federation) flights are more expensive! But this primarily concerns popular destinations. Unpopular destinations at any time of the year are more expensive due to their low demand.

10. Baggage

Do not take a lot of things with you, and if possible, limit your hand luggage. Behindbaggage allowancesome airlines charge an additional fee. Exceeding the norm can also cost money. Before flying, be sure to read the rules of your airline, so as not to be misled.


Advanced knowledge of booking flights

11. Subscribe to news

If you have time, and you are preparing for the trip in advance, a good way to save on the flight -subscribe to newson the price reduction for the directions chosen by you. Such a functional is the search engine. To do this, you first need to search in the right direction, then along with the search results a window will appear with a subscription to a price reduction.

12. Newsletter

Generally experienced travelers are subscribed to a wide variety ofmailings from airlines and search engines. Such mailings are usually devoted to discounts and promotions. This way you can be the first to find out about really cheap tickets, and book them right away. Go through the websites of airlines that fly to the regions you need and leave your e-mail address. One family we know so flies all over Europe for a penny. As soon as the action appears, they immediately book the tickets. And if suddenly it is impossible to fly to these dates, the tickets are simply thrown away. A ticket price of a few euros allows it.:)

At the same time, this method of saving has a significant disadvantage. Often, airlines under the auspices of promotional tickets send out letters with regular prices. Since ordinary traveler is unlikely to be well-oriented in prices and can not determine whether the price is actually lowered in this share. That is why all prices must be rechecked. We advise you not to subscribe to all mailings in a row, but only to verified ones.

13. Different prices

Under this mystical number, I want to tell you about onemysterious reception, which use a variety of sites to search for air tickets. They say that this way of knocking out money from a buyer has not yet reached the Russian online market, but it's better to be on guard.It is called "separate pricing" or in other words "different prices for the same product for people with different incomes".

The price of an air ticket may be inflated in several cases:

1. Youre-watch priceson those areas that have already been studied. On your computer remains the cache from most sites that you visit. This information is used by ticket search sites. They see that you have already seen these tickets, but have not bought them. So you hesitate to make a decision, and you have to hurry. Therefore, with each subsequent search for tickets to the same directions are more expensive. You start to panic and buy tickets with a surcharge.

To avoid this, see prices through the "Incognito" mode, which is easily included in any browser. Or personally clear the cache after searching for tickets.

2. YouApple Product Owner. A shocking fact, but sites can determine from which device and which operating system you are accessing the Internet. If you use a macbook that belongs to high-end products, then you are rich, and you can increase the ticket price for you.Abroad, this technique is used constantly, and many owners of apple devices are indignant when they see real ticket prices. In the Russian-language Internet, this has not yet been seen. I do not have an iPhone to check, so on occasion, you can test this item and write to us about the current situation.

To avoid this absurd situation, look for tickets from a computer / smartphone from another manufacturer.

3. You book a ticketfrom a rich country. For people with an IP address of the USA, Switzerland, Australia and other countries where the standard of living is very high, ticket prices will be higher. While in a prosperous, but secured Germany, prices will be adequate, since Germans are known for their unreasonable rationality. Internet marketing is a serious thing that has long been learned to work with an online audience.

A good option to hide your data on the global network is an anonymizer. This is a special service that allows you to maintain anonymity on the Internet. There are a lot of sites with anonymizers, one of them. To work in anonymous mode, you must go to any of these sites and enter into a special form the site that you want to visit unnoticed.

In addition, some sites use suchmarketing techniqueslike flashing bright buttons with the words “two tickets left” or “this is the lowest price”. Do not believe or panic. This is just a ruse, look for your tickets calmly.

14. Holidays

If you plan a trip for the time of regular holidays, try using a good service from the search engine. This site has a section "Fly away for the holidays "where the aggregator lists the cheapest tickets for certain holiday weekends.

15. Bonus system

Most airlines have their ownbonus systemsfor regular customers. Usually this is the accumulation of "miles" - the virtual currency for those flights that you have already committed. Miles remain virtual until you accumulate enough to convert them into an absolutely real flight ticket. Thus, if you often fly flights of the same airline, sooner or later you can get absolutely free ticket or even a few tickets only for the account of the bonuses that you have accumulated. This is the same as any other cumulative scheme, which is often offered to us in supermarkets, brand stores, and so on.

How it works? An example from personal experience

For a long time I was a member. For every flight of Aeroflot and its partners, virtual miles were credited to my bonus account. I also received miles for purchases that I made with City Bank, because my card was tied to this bonus account. Many banks cooperate with Aeroflot. However, all major airlines have a lot of partner banks.

For two years of this accumulation, I collected 14,700 miles. At the same time, the cheapest flight across Russia cost 17,000 miles. I thought that I would save up the remaining 3,000 very soon, and miles also have an expiration date. Therefore, I transferred all my miles to the charity organization "Give Life". Such a transfer is very easy to make right in your account on the bonus program site. The Fund spends these miles on the flights of sick children who need an operation in another country.

But I know a few people who were more successful in this bonus program and flew several times for free. This is a great way to save on flights, if you can organize everything correctly.

Often, such programs have many pitfalls, so you should carefully study the rules when entering into any program.For example, to get bonuses, you need to have time to register your ticket in the system during a certain period from the moment of the flight and so on. At the same time there are nice little things. For example, some programs allow you to spend your miles not only on flights within the company, but also on a variety of purchases in stores that are partners of the airline, on hotel reservations or car rentals.

16. Transit

Many countries are cheaper to fly not directly, but withtransit transfer. You can also use this option if you want to see many cities in a short time.

If you fly through Singapore with a long transit transit time, you can take advantage of the free city tours that Singapore Airport provides for those who are waiting for their flight.

It is possible to pick up very interesting variants of transit transplantation. The main thing is to be sure that for the selected countries you do not need a transit visa. When buying tickets online, the largest transit transfers can be up to one to one and a half days. During this time, you can take a good look around in the new city, see the main sights.

To increase the time of transit transplant, you can use a stopper.Stopper- This is the same transit stop, but stretched for up to three days. Many airlines provide stopover services for free, others - for an additional fee. With proper planning, you can make several flights in a row with stopovers. Get a kind of avia-tour.

17. Two phases of flight

Another way to save is todivision of flight into two stages: international and domestic. By the way, it works not only with airplanes, but also with all other types of transport. The bottom line is that from the initial point you need to fly to any city in the country of destination where the cheapest tickets are. And within the country, you can already reach the destination you need either on domestic flights (it is always cheaper than international flights, you can also use local loukosteram), or by bus / train / hitchhiking. Practice shows that tickets even to neighboring cities can vary greatly in price, although the distance between them can be quickly and cheaply covered by a local bus.

18. Secondary airport

Going to large cities, give preference tosecondary airport(Luton in London or the Gironde in Barcelona). Smaller airports often have government subsidies and serve low cost airlines at low prices, which also affects the cost of tickets. Such airports, as a rule, have good transport support, and getting from them to the city is easy. Although sometimes it can be quite difficult and expensive. How you will get from the airport to the city is worth considering in advance.

19. Transplant

As you know, usually a direct flight costs more thantransfer flight. You can play on this, knowing some tricks. Let's look at an example. You want to fly from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz. A direct flight costs $ 500. And the flight Rio de Janeiro - Lima, with a transfer in La Paz costs $ 400. You buy a ticket to Lima, but get off at La Paz. The main thing is to register the ticket not to the final destination, but to the transfer point. Also keep in mind that skipping any segment in the flight, you cancel this ticket. Therefore, if you bought a plane ticket in both directions and missed the segment when flying there, then you will not fly back on this ticket.

20. Shares of airlines

Before booking, check whichregular stockhave an airline.Many companies offer discounts to students, retirees and other categories of citizens. Often, to get a discount, you need to specify a special code or your individual discount number.