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How to Find Cheap Flights

Flying has never been cheaper and booking airline tickets has never been easier than it is today. However, finding the lowest available price can be much more difficult. Thankfully, there are a few common tricks that can be used to beat the airline at their own game and save a little bit of money when booking a flight.

Consider Changing Your Start Point

A traveller's nearest airport may not be the cheapest place to fly from. In fact, prices can vary by several hundred pounds between airports that are as little as 50 miles apart for a whole host of reasons. When booking a flight, take a little time to compare two or three alternative airports. The results can often be surprising

Change Planes

Direct flights are more expensive than connections. This confuses some travellers given that indirect flights cost more for an airline to operate than direct ones. The reason for this apparent paradox is demand. Travellers, particularly time-pressed people flying for business, are willing to pay more for the convenience of a direct flight from one place to another. If the airlines want you to change planes on the way, particularly if there is a direct flight available, they won't be able to charge as much as their competitor offering the direct service.

Generally, the best way to get a cheap flight is to compare as many options as possible. Investing a little time before booking, could lead to a very significant saving.