Book My Ticket
Complete Guide to Affordable Airfare
A blog about how to find affordable flights with tips on how to book, how the airlines work, and debating if the budget airlines are worth it.
I’m not a travel agent and I’m not getting paid for this. I’ve just spent a lot of time searching for cheap tickets so I thought I would put together some of the things that I’ve learned over the years. A lot of people don’t realize that there are many different ways to find cheap airline tickets beyond Expedia or Travelocity. Here is a list of things you can try if you want to save money before booking your trip.
Don’t Fly at Certain Times: Some times are cheaper than others. Flights around Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, and any other holiday are almost always more expensive. Stay away from these times if you want to save money. The cheapest times depend on what airport you fly out of, but typically it is best to avoid flying on weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays (depending on where you live).
Hi everyone! Welcome to the Complete Guide to Affordable Airfare! The idea for this blog came about following my own struggles trying to book flights online. I was visiting my good friend in NYC and really wanted to go see her in London, so I tried booking a ticket online. What a nightmare! But after many hours of searching, I had finally figured it out, and the ticket was only $300 roundtrip!
I told all my friends about my discovery, and soon enough they were asking me for advice on how to find cheap flights too. That’s when I realized that there isn’t a single place where you can go for expert advice on finding affordable airfare — so I decided to create it.
My name is Hanna, and I’m an avid traveler and flight deal hunter. My goal is to make air travel more accessible for everyone by giving you all the tools you need to travel at the lowest prices possible.
Be sure to check back regularly for new posts on topics such as:
How budget airlines work
Which websites have the cheapest tickets (and which ones are full of rip-offs)
What time of day should you book your flight
Debating if budget airlines are worth it
I’m writing to let you know about my site, Complete Guide to Affordable Airfare.
I’ve written a few posts aimed at helping people find affordable flights, including:
The Complete Guide to Booking Affordable Flights (https://www.completeguidetoaffordableairfare.com/book-affordable-flights)
How Airlines Work and Why They Charge What They Do (https://www.completeguidetoaffordableairfare.com/how-do-airlines-work)
Are Budget Airlines Worth It? (https://www.completeguidetoaffordableairfare.com/are-budget-airlines-worth-it)
I’d love your feedback on the site! Thanks for taking a look!
How to Find Affordable Airfare
How to Book Tickets with the Best Price
How to Make the Most of Your Flight
Is the Budget Airlines Really Worth It?
Air Travel Tips and Tricks
The Truth About What Airlines Charge You For
The budget airlines are amazing. I fly them everywhere. They’re cheap, they’re fast, and they get you where you’re going without all the hassles of regular flying.
But booking with a budget airline is not without its challenges. Often there are fees to pay, restrictions to abide by, and sometimes they just don’t seem to be the cheapest option.
I have flown with every budget airline there is, and over time have developed a system for booking my flight that lets me get the cheapest price almost every time.
The key to finding cheap flights is knowing where to look, being flexible with your travel dates, and most importantly: being patient!
If you’ve never flown before, the entire process can seem overwhelming. For most of us, flying is the fastest way to travel long distances. And with so many low-cost carriers popping up, it’s also becoming one of the most affordable ways to travel.
But while booking a flight can be challenging, it’s not impossible. When you understand how airlines work, you can gain control of your trip and make sure that you get the best deal possible. In this guide, I’ll show you everything there is to know about finding affordable airfare—and help you book a ticket for your next trip.
The Airline Business Model
Airlines are in business to make money. They do this by selling seats on planes at certain prices, and by charging fees for additional services like baggage and seat selection.
How to Book a Flight
When you book a flight, it can seem like there are endless options as far as what day/time to leave, what airline to fly with, and how much baggage you want to bring. But don’t let that intimidate you. It’s fairly simple once you get started. Here are the key things to look for when booking a flight:
1. Dates – The most important thing is choosing dates that work for your trip. If you’re super flexible with your travel plans, check out our guide to finding the cheapest dates to fly. If you’re not super flexible with your travel plans, just choose the dates that work best for your trip and move on.
2. Airports – The next thing you want to do is find out how many airports there are in your destination city and decide which airport works best for your trip. For example, if you will be staying in downtown Paris but flying into Charles de Gaulle airport which is about 20 miles outside of Paris, then factor in the cost of taking a train or taxi into the city center. This may be cheaper than flying into Orly airport (which has fewer airlines) but it will take more time (and money) getting from the airport into the city center