Here are 6 tips for finding cheap flights from Vancouver
Are you looking for great deals on travel now that countries are reopening their borders?
You may find that prices at popular destinations have rapidly increased to pre-pandemic levels.
Unfortunately, as more and more people book tickets, the prices of flights, cruises and accommodation increase. There are several things you can do to make sure you get the best deal, but it will involve a bit of research.
Use a travel aggregator to start your search
Using a travel aggregator, such as Expedia, Booking.com, Kayak, or Google Flights, is the perfect way to analyze the cheapest deals.
From there, you can get an idea of which airlines or hotel providers have the lowest fares and on what dates, says McGrath. Some third-party vendors sell tickets for less than buying them directly from an airline.
Weigh the risks and pay attention to the red flags
Once you find a third-party company with a good deal, you might be tempted to buy it, but it pays to be patient.
If you haven’t heard of the company, check the reviews and see if there are a lot of bad ones or if people have had particularly negative experiences. You can check if the company also appears on a consumer advocacy website.
“It’s a good idea to weigh how much you’re saving,” she adds. “If it’s a few hundred dollars, it might be worth it…but maybe not if it’s $40 or $50.”
Be flexible in your projects
If the price doesn’t budge, check to see if an area near your destination could save you money. Sometimes just choosing another airport in a state or province can save you a lot of money.
For example, if flights to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York are too steep, try booking a ticket to LaGuardia Airport in Queens. Similarly, McGrath advises traveling by train in Europe if you can fly into a city close to your preferred destination.
If you’re good at paying off your credit card, some offer a viable way to save money on your travel plans through point systems.
Look for last minute deals
Is it bad to wait until the last minute to book an offer?
While it’s good to plan ahead, many travel suppliers offer big savings on last-minute deals. A good practice is to always check the section that includes these offers, whether through an airline directly or through a third party.
Set up travel alerts
If you know which route you want to travel, many websites allow you to set up alerts to notify you when the price drops for your route. You’ll get a notification when the price drops for your desired destination, McGrath describes.
Again, it pays to be flexible when looking for the best deal.