1. To have patience. It will make efforts to get a good flight price. Do not be discouraged, because saving $ 100 + on aircraft can mean you will have more money for sightseeing trips, hotel, meals, trips, etc. This means that if you want to go in the spring, you should start checking the prices in the late autumn or winter. Sometimes it is a last minute offer, but most often we find the best offers at least 21 days before the departure date
The first thing in the morning (around 9:00 and evening after 6:00 pm) I like to browse the travel web site to see whether in this day offerings. I also want to clear browser history and cookies because sometimes travel websites and airlines remember your search and this can cause real price increases.
My Skyscanner is my favorite site. One of the great features of this website is that you can check what is the best price per day for traveling around the world from the airport you want. For example, I live in Toronto, so I'm going to fly from Toronto (YYZ) to Everywhere. It's a great thing to tell me where the day is, the month, etc. It's cheapest for me to fly anywhere in the world. [I used this site recently to help me get tickets for my trip to Seoul, South Korea in April. Other airlines were charging $1,000-$1,500+ for flights to Seoul, but Delta was having a promotion and I was able to get round trip flights for only $850 CAD / $770 USD with the exchange rate.]
Another great feature on Skyscanner is that you can enter your destination and travel dates and sign up for "Price Alert" so they will send you an email if the price increases or decreases for the specified travel dates. [My sister just used this feature to help her get a flight to Edmonton, Alberta for travel in May. Prices for one-way tickets were around $300-$400 and she was able to get it for $269 CAD.]
Another website I like is Expedia. Everyday they will display travel deals available at the highest domestic and international tourist destinations. They will also include offer packages for "Flight + Hotel". This helps me to get a sense of the average cost, like a 4-night trip to Las Vegas. Let's say the price of a flight and hotel in Vegas for 4 nights on a tape is $ 500- $ 600 per person from Toronto, I'd like to try to track the stores that are the same or lower than this price-that's how I know to save money and I get the best price.
One thing about Expedia is that the advertised price is not always available. If I look at their flights at the last minute, I can see Miami flights for $ 250 CAD (Toronto departures), but once I click on the deal, it can be said that instead the price has risen to 350 CAD. It's not always, but sometimes it's wrong.
Other websites I like are: Kayak, Redtag, Sunwing, Bing Flight Predictor and Airfarewatchdog
2. Check out the airline's direct website. While these third-party travel websites may be great, sometimes the best irregular offers are found directly through the airline's website. I recommend that you sign up for promotional emails offered through your preferred airline. For example, because I live in Canada, I'm signed in to the Air Canada promotional event. This will show me when they get to the Air Canada website, special offers will be offered.
I really wanted to visit NYC together with my sister in February to celebrate my 21st birthday. In addition to reviewing third-party websites, I would also like to play deadlines when entering the flight to Air Canada. They did not publish this agreement, but I was able to find direct flights from YYZ to LGA for 199 CAD. It was great that I was so happy to find Air Canada. Sometimes, airlines websites also offer promotional codes, so it is advisable to check out.
3. Check departures / arrivals from alternative airports. This is not always convenient, but sometimes many big cities have more than one airport or another airport in close proximity to another city. For Toronto residents we have Pearson Airport, which offers domestic and international flights and Billy Bishop Airport, which offers selected flights within Canada and the USA. There is also an opportunity to cross the border and fly off Buffalo Airport as well. It's almost always cheaper to fly from Buffalo Airport than Pearson or Billy Bishop. The disadvantage is however that most (if not all flights) are not direct and you will have to pay for parking because most people leave their car at the airport. Flying out of Buffalo is always the last option because it's a 90 minute drive from Toronto (you have to consider gas charges) and depending on how long your trip is, the cost of parking can bring this discounted flight up or as well as the flight would be if he deviated from YYZ or YTZ. However, sometimes there are considerable savings to be made when flying from Buffalo, which will definitely be worth your time. [When I handled the company corporate travel at my previous job, last minute trips happened often and if a group of 2 or more needed to travel to the USA, flying out of Buffalo saved the company upwards of $300-$600 + per flight ticket.]
This can be said not only about the departure airport you choose, but also about the arrival airport. For example, when flying to NYC, there are essentially three airports to choose from: LGA, JFK or EWR. Sometimes you can get a better price when arriving at one airport over the other. However, one thing to keep in mind is a trip from the airport to the hotel. If you arrive by public transportation, you can get to Manhattan from the LGA for just $ 2.50 on arrival by bus and metro. However, it's much more expensive when you get out of Manhattan from EWR because you have to go to New Jersey transit, then switch to the Manhattan transit system. If you have a taxi, the prices you get from any airport in Manhattan may vary. This is an important point to keep in mind and I recommend that you conduct your own research before traveling.
4. Follow third-party airlines and third-party travel websites on Twitter (social media) and sign in to their mailing list. One of the main features of the social media is that airlines can use to promote special promotions through certain social media. Sometimes an airline will offer a special promotional code through its Twitter or Facebook site, which is not advertised on other websites. West Jet offers Blue Tag Thursdays, a special promotional event that is only available on Thursday afternoons (unless they have another special run at that time). You can find them on your website or view them on your Twitter or Facebook page. When subscribing to third-party mailing lists or airlines, they sometimes send private promotional offers to their customers that allow them secret sales.
5. Do not be afraid to book your flight and the hotel separately. Sometimes you can get great deals on sites like Expedia to make your holiday and book flights and hotels at the same time, but not always. If you see an exceptional flight deal, order it now, do not wait! Maybe you will be able to find the hotel at a later date. I also recommend that if you actually look better on a flight, please book it now before you wait later on the same day. Let's say you're doing a lot on a flight to San Francisco, but wait until you get home from work and buy tickets, it may not work for you.
I'll give you an example: in San Francisco, looking for flights to come back and visit (it was in October 2012), but it was around $ 600 and I wanted to wait for a better price. Several weeks later, Delta sold and offered flights from Toronto to San Francisco for 437 CAD. It was an incredible price, since everything I saw was $ 600 + in the previous weeks, so I did not expect and I immediately bought the tickets. I tried later in the afternoon to find out if the deal was still alive and the price dropped to $ 600. I recommend booking when you see the price you think is great because it may disappear before you think.
Sometimes, if you book multiple flights, it can be more cost effective to book than to go with the same airline. For example, in the summer of June 2013, I wanted to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas, then from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and finally from Los Angeles home to Toronto. I spent a month and a half every day checking the prices to get the best deal. Finally, I was able to get a sale through Air Canada for flights from Toronto to Las Vegas and Los Angeles back to Toronto. I was waiting for a US domestic flight booking from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because Air Canada apparently did not offer this and the prices for this one-way flight at that time were around $ 100 USD. About a week later, I was at Southwest.com, and I saw they had a "Getaway" contract for $ 49 USD for the flight I needed from LAS to LAX. That was a lot, so of course I booked it right away. My entire multilingual airshow ended in a total of $ 515. [YYZ to LAS and LAX to YYZ cost me $466 CAD and the Southwest flight from LAS to LAX cost $49 USD].
6. Find out what season and what days are the cheapest for flying. Traveling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is generally cheaper than any other day of the week. (Generally, mid-week search for flights also provides the best deals). Experience also shows that Thursday and Saturday can sometimes offer the best price. Of course, it will not happen all the time and you have to experiment with the data, so Skyscanner is great when it decodes when it is the cheapest departure and return. The most expensive days are Monday, Friday, and sometimes Sunday. Airlines know that most business trips take place from Monday to Friday, which is why it is more expensive to depart from Monday and return on Friday. Business travelers, however, started to fly on a Sunday instead of Monday, hoping to get a more affordable tariff, but that may not always work. Getting the cheapest departure date of the week depends, of course, on the flexibility of your travel date.
Year of the year also helps. It is usually cheaper to fly to Europe in the off season and on the shoulders (late autumn, winter and early spring). Last year (2013), my parents traveled to Paris in April with direct return flights with Air Transat from Toronto for $ 671 for each. It's not the best price I've seen, but it was definitely the best deal at that time for non-stop return flights. Traveling during the off or shoulder season is not always negative. Sometimes due to bad weather you will not want to travel off-season, but generally off-season is less crowded and offers better prices.
I found that right now (early spring) it's a little bit more expensive to fly to Las Vegas (about $ 400- $ 500 CAD) because most people like to go there during the spring before the weather in the summer months is too hot. [I am comparing this to flight deals I saw this past winter for around $350 CAD.] It is always reasonable to check what events happen when you want to travel to a specific destination. Sometimes it might happen that there is a high price on a holiday or a large conference. I always suggest setting the average cost of flights to your preferred destination, and then see how the price changes.
7. Save money on luggage. Most airlines now charge you $ 25 for every check of your luggage. And they will charge you extra charges if your luggage exceeds the airline weight limit. This can be avoided by packing light and making sure your luggage does not exceed the limit (check your airline to confirm the weight limit and the baggage prices). Also, if you are on a short trip, you will consider sharing one luggage bag with your travel partner (partner). This can save you $ 50 for travel costs, as the cost of checking your luggage costs $ 25.
If you are taking a shorter trip (weekend trip), consider only baggage and baggage. Most airlines will allow you to bring a small amount of fluid on board the aircraft. If you are going for a quick weekend trip, you can only get away with a bag. I did it for my trip last month to NYC. I went to the local dollar shop and bought a small travel pouch made of clear plastic containers. This allowed me to bring shampoo, conditioner, face wash, night / day cream, foundation, etc. It also contained labels, so I knew what was all about. I realize that this is not practical for all, but for a 2-night trip I would rather have spent $ 1 dollar on the travel case at Dollarama and then $ 50 for a check bag. It also saves me the trouble of waiting to pick up my luggage when luggage is picked up
8. Shop around for travel / health insurance. I always recommend traveling or (off) health insurance for your trip, but you sometimes do not get the best price when choosing the insurance offered by the airline when booking flights. Usually, your work insurance will offer some kind of travel or medical care when traveling. If you are not sure, consult HR. You can also buy insurance through your bank – that's where I tend to find the best prices. It will also be cost-effective in the long run planning and traveling more than a year. [Rather than pay for insurance each time you book a flight, you can get covered through your bank or alternative place for the year for a set fee.] If you have more than 40 years (or you have health problems in the past), I recommend buying additional health coverage (even those already included in the job). Unfortunately, we can never predict what can happen when traveling, and if something does not happen, something happens, you will be happy to have purchased another health insurance. This is something that is unique to everyone, so I can not say what is the best choice, it's something you have to discuss with HR, your bank and your family to see what's the best choice for you.  9. Avoid paying for seat selection (if you can). Some airlines require an additional fee for choosing a place, sometimes included in the price – if that's the case, then it's great, but if you have to pay $ 20 for choosing a seat in advance, I'd go through it. As a rule, you can check in time (24 hours before departure) and choose a seat free of charge. You could get the seats you wanted or maybe you will not. It's hit or miss. If you do not prefer where you are sitting or are willing to take the risk, then avoid paying the additional pre-selection fee.
10. Take advantage of reward programs for your trip. There is so much competition between airlines and credit cards today so sign up for travel rewards programs. Check with your bank to find out which credit card reward best suits your needs. Many of them allow you to collect points for daily expenses to buy them for free. Some of these payment cards have some provisions, for example You can book flights only through your bank or there is data for travel. Due to the huge amount of credit cards they offer today they are getting better and you can find one that does not contain any of these provisions. This means you can use your points to redeem your flight anytime, anywhere. Sometimes these cards come with a modest annual membership fee, but the rewards are worth it.
The same applies to programs for regular airlines. The more you fly with one airline, the more frequent points you get. This works great for business travelers, because while their company pays for their trips, they are able to collect frequent leaflets so they can redeem for their personal holiday. Some companies even allow employees to book their own flights and then submit a bill of reimbursement. This allows employees to get points on their travel credit card rewards in addition to frequent flight points.
I hope these tips will help you when booking your next trip or trip. Please note that these tips worked in my own experience, but may not work for everyone. The main thing to keep in mind is that the key to getting the best deals on your flights is to have patience and be flexible with your travels.