How to find cheap flights before the December holidays

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During the trip, your biggest expenses are flights and accommodation.

However, with the right tools and know-how, you can get big discounts.

start early

Usually, airlines release ticket prices almost a year in advance, giving travelers plenty of time to plan ahead. Once you have decided on a destination, start researching prices on different platforms to secure yourself a cheap flight. The earlier you book, the better your chances of getting a good price.

Hourly

Fridays and Sundays according to experts are the most expensive days to travel because everyone does it. You have a good chance of saving money when you book flights on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. The best way to save on flights is to be flexible. If you can play around with your dates, you can get the best deals. Likewise, choose to travel during off-peak hours when flights have fewer passengers, such as early morning or late evening.

Join loyalty programs

Most major airlines run some sort of program for their frequent flyers. Join for free and put your name on their list to reap the benefits. The more you travel, the more points you earn for upgrades, cheap flights or free companion tickets depending on the airline.

Use search engines

A good way to get the best fares is to compare fares using flight search engines. Use two or three to check for the best deals, then buy your tickets. Skyscanner, for example, lets you type in your destination and gives you results for the cheapest flight there or to any city in the world.

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