How To Find Cheap Flights! Booking Secrets with Google | Gunnarolla University

How To Find Cheap Flights! Booking Secrets with Google | Gunnarolla University


– Hey everyone, how you do? It’s Sunday which means it’s
time for another episode of Gunnarolla University. Synchronizerman wants to
know about how to plan a trip abroad if you’re on a budget? Well, there are tons of
steps involved in planning a trip, but in today’s
lesson I wanted to focus on booking flights and how I use Google to find the best fares. Class is in session. First of all, time for a paradigm shift. Don’t tell yourself you’re looking for the cheapest fare, you’re looking
for the best available fare that you are comfortable paying. With the exception of Budget Airlines and low cost carriers, which tend
to have more fixed pricing, when it comes to major airlines,
the price of flying can fluctuate so much that
it’s almost impossible to know when you’ll get the
absolute cheapest price. That being said, there
are optimal times to book your flight. A study by Cheapair.com,
which I’ll link to in the description box below, found that 21 to 105 days
before you have to leave is the prime booking
window where you’ll find the best fares for a flight. There is no such thing as
a last minute day of deal, so make sure you organize,
because booking your flights last minute is not a good idea. Now when it comes to when you should fly, historically speaking,
mid-week, that’s Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
generally have lower fares than a Friday, Sunday,
or Monday departure when you’ll find more business
and vacation travel. If you know where you’re
going, you might also want to research when
the low season or the rainy season is, although
it’s always a rainy season when I’m involved. Again, these are general tips
but a good starting point when you’re researching flights. So, how do you go about
finding the best fare when there are so many different airlines? Well, there are basically
three ways to do this. You can book through a
travel agent, they’re usually very knowledgeable and might
have access to whole sale deals that you won’t find online. Or if you wanna have more
control, you can book the flight yourself by
doing research online. You can do it through a
third party booking website, like Expedia or Priceline. These sites will allow you to
compare different airlines, buy package deals, and make
your bookings through the site. Or if you’re like me and
you want full control and you’d rather make
your booking directly with the airline, you can use
a flight aggregator like Skyscanner or Google flights. I love Google flights. It’s got everything you need
and a really easy to use interface, it’s the perfect tool for research and discovery. Unlike other Google owned websites. Let’s say that you know
your destination, but your dates are flexible and
you want to find the best fare. Well, you put in your
destination and if you look in the calendar, you can
see how much the flight will cost if you were to book today. On the other hand, if you
know the dates you can travel but you don’t know
where you wanna go, just put the dates in and Google flights will suggest some destinations. You can even filter your
results based on the type of travel you wanna
do, the number of stopovers, your price range, or the
airline you wanna fly with. If you collect loyalty
points, as you should. Keep in mind that a lower
price usually involves fare restrictions and
connections, which means a longer travel time. If you’re not in a rush
to book, you can set up an email alert and Google flights will let you know if the price changes. Once you found a price that
you’re okay with, Google can take you directly
to the airline’s website to complete the booking. There are some other great
resources for tracking flights and finding flight deals. Hopper is a really great
mobile app that does a lot of the things that Google flights can do. It can track flights, offer
predictions, and it has hotel bookings, and there
are a ton of websites out there that keep track
of really cheap deals and mistake fares and I’ll link to them in the description box below. If you’re in Canada, you need
to follow nextdeparture.ca, they’re posting tons
of deals all the time. Now, once you booked your
flight, keep an eye on it for the next 24 hours. Most major airlines
will allow you to cancel without any penalty 24 hours
after you book a flight. If the fare doesn’t change
in that time, my number one tip is to close your browser window
and never check again. The price might go down, it might go up. But after 24 hours, there’s
not much you can do, so I don’t think it’s worth knowing. So, those are just some tips
for finding good flight deals. If you have any of your
own, let us know in the comments below, and if there’s
anything you wanna learn in an upcoming class, let me know. I’ll see ya next time. A la prochaine!

34 thoughts on “How To Find Cheap Flights! Booking Secrets with Google | Gunnarolla University”

  • Best flight secret i've found: If you have some amount of time, look into booking a close-by, third destination other than your origin or destination, often called a stopover. A lot of sites refer to this as a "multi-city" itinerary. You have to play around with destinations if you already have a trip planned but not booked. In many cases for as little as $50 more than your original ticket you can travel somewhere else! I was able to add Las Vegas onto my Atlanta to Cleveland ticket for a piddly $60 extra. What a great end to "Thanksgiving Break" ha!

  • Searching in a incognito (privet) browser window helps too because sometimes the sights can track you and raise prices according to your recent search for the same flight 5min later even when it's the same price in the privet browser window.

  • I've been using Google Flights for the first time this week. At first, I was excited about the flight tracking feature with the neat graph. But I realized it's actually not very accurate. Going directly to the airline's websites and checking the fares showed that it sometimes didn't show the cheapest fares, or it stated the price had increased/decreased when it hadn't.

  • I use the Skyscanner app. It’s good for UK/Europe flights but not sure about rest of the world. I’m too scared to go long haul.

  • I love Google Flights, I rarely have the extra cash to go on trips but I get my momentary fix by planning my would-be itineraries in Google docs and it's such an easy tool to use.

  • Another thing I keep in mind is the prices of departing and arriving at certain airports. For example I'm planning a trip to Kyoto, Japan but the closest airports to Kyoto are all in Osaka and there are three airports! Depending on which destination airport I pick the price changes (but so does the traveling time between airport and Kyoto).
    It can also be cheaper take a bus or drive to an airport in another state/province/prefecture to depart from rather than the closest airport to you. It can be time consuming, but money saving.

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    I have spent 5 years training a team of falcons to carry me to my destinations so I have no need for planes!
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