Come Fly with Me: How to Score Cheap Flights

Every time I try to persuade my friends to visit me in Indonesia, their main excuses are either “It takes forever to get there” or “It’s so expensive to get there.” Well, I’m no engineer that can shorten flight duration, but I can sure help find cheap/discounted flights. Not only to Indonesia, but also everywhere. Now we’re talking.

I usually first check websites such as Secret Flying and Flight Deal for flight deals. Both of these websites immediately post flight deals and fare errors once their team of enthusiast travelers and experts get the details.

Cheap flight offers from anywhere to everywhere in the world in one website? Yes, please.

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Secret Flying website showing national/international flight deals from the US.

Though, you have to plan accordingly. Flight deals last for quite a while, but not fare errors. They are definitely cheaper but also expire faster.

To score affordable fares on specific dates or throughout date ranges, I always use Matrix Airfare Search. Their options include finding the cheapest roundtrip flights within a certain time frame of your choice.

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Another option is for one way / roundtrip / multi-city flights on a specific date. Matrix also offers looking at cheaper flights up to two days before and after the chosen time.

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Once you have found the dates and price that suit you, compare prices on the airline official websites and travel search engines such as Expedia or Kayak. Most of those search engines rely on Matrix Airfare Search, but I also have experienced finding even cheaper flights on the airline’s official site.

Finally, don’t forget to sign up for frequent flyer miles programs. Even when you book a flight from Expedia or Kayak, you can still make those you’ll-be-thankful-for-them-in-the-future miles count by submitting your milage account number. What do you get from saving up miles, you ask? From my case, I only needed to pay $25, besides 25k miles, for a one-way flight from Sioux Falls to Costa Rica.

Now that you have found your way to both travel and save up money (and probably use it for student loan or bills that you are going to forget for a while during your trip), off you go!

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