Not all travel sites are created equal, especially when it comes to buying an airline ticket. When it comes to traveling the world on a budget the airline ticket is going to be the most expensive obstacle in your way. It’s a necessary evil that will get you to where you need to be, but will come at a price. The goal of this article is to help you find the best sites to buy your airplane tickets.
My personal favorite for buying long over seas or multi-continental flights is STA Travel. Since 1979, STA Travel has made its goal to provide affordable tickets, especially for young travelers. They have discounted tickets for Teachers, Students, and those who are under the age of 26. Even if you don’t fit into one of those categories, STA Travel still has the cheapest tickets around.
Now that you have found a great site for buying the long haul, lets talk about once you have reached your destination. If you are looking at booking flights once you have reached your destination to surrounding areas look no further than Skyscanner. Skyscanner has the cheapest short destination flights available hands down. They search through a variety of local airlines and provide you with the cheapest available options.
The key to getting the cheapest flight possible is flexibility. Both Skyscanner and STA Travel have table options that will show you the cheapest flight within a 3 day or more period. Skyscanner actually has monthly calendars that will show you what days have the cheapest fares. Flexibility is crucial when trying to travel on a budget and making big purchases like a plane flight makes a huge difference.
To give you some perspective on how cheap these flights can be, I’ve taken a 3 hour flight from Lithuania to Norway, that only cost $17. My flight from Madrid, Spain to Bangkok, Thailand was only $300, that’s a good cost point for an international flight. Some quick ticket tips, 54 days out is on average the cheapest a plane ticket will be. And according to FareCompare the cheapest days to fly out are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
My advice now is to go get yourself familiar with these sites and how they work. Spend 20 minutes playing around on each website to understand how they work. That being said if you like what you have read make sure to follow me on Twitter for more great travel information. Also, don’t forget to comment below with any comments or questions you may have, thanks!