Finding The Best Flight Deals (NYC Example)
Traveling a lot involves always finding the best flight deals to maximize the trips you can take with your budget!
HOW FLEXIBLE DO YOU NEED TO BE
You don’t have to travel during the week to get the best deals, but a little flexibility is required – July, August and Christmas/New Year are always expensive, and flying in the US on a Sunday afternoon and evening is always an costly trip – either booking in advance or coming back Monday or better Tuesday! We go away for plenty of long weekends!
UNDERSTAND THE FLIGHT OPTIONS
App to Use: Google Flights (Web) – Explore Feature https://www.google.com/flights/
Know which airlines fly on which routes from your local airport. Understand if these are the main (or 2nd or 3rd) airports at your destination. Use the ‘Direct Flight’ option to understand the routes you can fly. It’s also worth looking up the arrivals/departure boards at the airport online to see even more flights / destinations!
UNDERSTAND THE PRICES
App To Use: Hopper
Hopper app shows you the ‘good to bad’ prices for any given journey, based on their smart data learning algorithms.
These prices should be used as a baseline, as you start shopping for flight deals!
For example: From the New York Area – Return as of April 2018;
To San Fransisco: $200 direct return is a buy now price, regular sales under $250
To Dallas: We bought weekend tickets for under $120 return
To Europe: For spring and fall you’ll see many sales under $400 getting to the low $300s! Exceptional deals can be found below $325, but involve traveling in the winter.
Greats deals can be found on Norwegian to Scandinavia, Paris and London.
Exception – London / England – Due to high taxes flights to London are notoriously expensive! Try low cost airlines like Norwegian, or Primera, and WoW if you are willing to stop.
To Caribbean: Low $300s, anything below $300 for a direct flight is awesome and you should snap it up!
Surprisingly, Norwegian fly from JFK to the French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique and usually you can get a great price booking far enough in advance (9 months+).
To Asia: It’s a long flight! Upwards of 14 hours. The Chinese airlines (Air China, China Eastern and China Southern) have great sales with flights in the low $400s! With China offering 72-hour transit visas on arrival, a stop over in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities can be added
SHOPPING FOR DEALS
Wait, wait, wait… go, go, go!! From a busy region like New York you can get a couple of deals every day..these deals may last hours, if that in some cases! No time to ask your spouse or partner – book it, you have 24 hours to cancel for a full refund if you can’t make it work out! More on deals soon…