5 ways to score cheap flights amid skyrocketing prices this winter

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Flights have become more expensive, and that’s not just a feeling; that’s a fact. According to a recent report shared by the United States Department of Labor, flight fares increased by 42.9% from September 2021 to September 2022.

While prices have risen, especially for the holidays, there’s no need to panic. There are different strategies you can apply to score cheap flights amidst these skyrocketing prices!

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Travelers interested in getting the best fares can compare prices and even combine methods to get the best routes with the best airlines at the best prices. Here are some ideas:

Use the Google Flights feature

Google knows everything and often knows which airline or travel website has the best rates. Google Flights is an online flight booking service that shares flight prices and different options so that users can compare and explore different alternatives.

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Users only have to write the city or airport of departure, the destination and the dates, and the application will display a list of the best fares. Google recently shared a guide on how and when to find the best flight deals with relevant tips and information.

Check popular websites for the best rate

Some travelers don’t trust online booking sites, but they sometimes offer the best deals. It’s never a bad idea to confirm fares directly on the airline’s official website – and it’s probably the safest option – but there are a few popular and recommended online travel agencies that can offer deals. interesting offers.

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Here are some of the most used:

  • Skyscanner
  • CheapOair
  • Momondo
  • Kayak

Depending on the website, users may book directly or be redirected to another site, and the final price may change slightly. Travelers should be careful when buying tickets, but these are generally great sites to get great deals.

Download apps like Hopper

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Hopper is a very popular and user-friendly mobile app that helps users find the best deals, consider the best times to fly, and predict future price movements based on their data. It’s a good way to know when to buy and to have a “travel agent” do the work for you. Hopper sends notifications to your phone when prices have gone up or down.

There are other apps like TravelPerk that provide travelers with cool features like bundling different airline deals for the same trip. And some of the websites for cheap flights, like Skyscanner, Momondo, and Kayak, also have mobile-friendly app versions.

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Consider the best times to fly and the fares for this destination

Flight prices vary not only during holidays or high seasons, but also depending on the specific destination. If you’re a flexible traveler, you can use filters and apps to find great deals to “surprise destinations.” A great tip for finding international tickets under $200 is to apply filters in search platforms like Google Flights.

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If you have a specific destination in mind, it may also be useful to read articles with price references, such asCheapest flights from the United States to South American destinations this winter and use this information to confirm if your flight offer is really as good as the website promises.

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Also, keep in mind that sometimes there are special festivals, natural conditions or phenomena at that special destination you wish to visit which may also affect prices. Look for the best times to get cheap flights to that specific city.

Stay tuned for tips or special offers

Follow travelers, travel agencies, your favorite airlines, travel blogs and websites on social media, and stay tuned. Sometimes there are sales and special offers that only last a few days or even hours and can help you save a lot of money. At Travel Off Path, we are constantly sharing airline sales and specials!

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On social networks and forums, there are also tricks that go viral and actually work. Not all advice is good, but there are travel hacks on Tiktok or real stories on Reddit that can provide great information for travelers.

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