Plug in different combinations and permutations
Picking the same carrier for both legs of your flight won’t necessarily be best value for money. Try selecting two one-way options and/or different airlines for each leg. And if the website doesn’t allow you to check flight prices across a range of days, check each day manually around your ideal travel dates. It’s a bit laborious, but can save you hundreds.
Check the airline sites directly too
Sometimes, by using the comparison sites to find the cheapest flight and then going directly to that airline’s website to book it in, you’ll avoid those booking, amendment or cancellation fees. This is particularly the case for domestic flights. But our research found that some comparison sites still offer lower prices for certain airlines than the airlines themselves on their own sites, even after you’ve added in all the extra fees. So again, exhaust all possible options before you whip out your credit card.
Have a flexible travel schedule
Consider breaking up your journey with an overnight stay in an intermediate country, and then flying the next part of your journey with another carrier. You may have to use the money you save to pay for accommodation (or be prepared to spend a few hours in an airport), but you can make your overnight stay part of your overall overseas experience.
Don’t forget insurance
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