I am fortunate enough in my profession to be able to do a great deal of traveling, both domestic and international. In fact, since my business launched, I have clocked up more miles in the last two years than I think I did in all of my years beforehand. The challenge however, for my associate Steve Buzzi and myself, was how to keep costs down when traveling. Travel is essential to my business, but so is trying not to spend much money, which meant that we had to be very smart about getting cheap flights. This is of course something that everyone tries to keep an eye on, and so here is how we go about getting our flights at the cheapest price.
One of the best ways in which you can save money on flights, is by getting yourself a credit card which can help you out. Many credit cards offer rewards on your spending, by way of air miles which you can collect, and then use on your flights. Personally speaking I never liked the idea of using a credit card but since I learned about this reward, I use it for just about everything. Think about it like this, if you spend $1,000 per month, and used the credit card insist of cash, and then cleared the credit card at the end of the month, the only thing that will have changed for you is the fact that you’ve put air miles in the bank, win-win.
The 2 main sites which i use to find cheap flights is Skyscanner and Momondo, these are what’s called flight aggregators and they search the internet to get you the best deals. What I like about these sites is that they don’t just search the airline, but also the third party sites who offer cheap airline tickets too. There is a huge range of filters on both sites which you can use to get yourself the very best deal, and the earlier in advance that you can look, the better the price will be that you find.
My number one tip on how to get to your destination for the cheapest price possible, is to open your mind to the idea of connecting. For example, I recently flew from Mexico City to Edinburgh in Scotland, the original price for a direct flight was $900 return. Instead of taking the direct flight however, I decided that I would rack up a couple of connections, to bring the flight cost down. I flew from Mexico City to Houston where I waited for 5 hours in the airport, and then flew from Houston to Vancouver and waited another 3 hours before taking the flight to Edinburgh. This new journey took me 13 hours longer than if I had flown direct, but cost me just $397 return! More than half price, for the sake of a few hours, a great way to reduce your costs.