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When it comes to flying, it goes without saying that we would all prefer a seat at the pointy end of the plane.  But let’s face it, most of us we just want to get to where we are going for the lowest cost possible and will deal with our knees being jammed into the seat in front of us.  While business class would be nice, Australian’s shortest international flights are usually a 3-hour hop to NZ, so things can get pricey.

 

Here are 5 ways to find cheap flights so you can keep travel costs down and increase the amount of fun stuff you can afford to do at your destination.

 

1. Check Flight Comparison Sites

These are a great starting point to give you an idea of what is available and what sort of price range you are looking at.  Often you might find cheap multi-airline routes you hadn’t thought of, so you could even take the money you save on a flight and use it on a stopover.  Webjet, Skyscanner, Kayak and Expedia are all worth a look.

 

2. Use Google Flights

Another great resource when trying to find flights.  Most people are familiar with Google products, and the integration with Google Maps makes it a good tool for finding flights and researching your destination.

 

3. Book Direct with the Airlines

While flight comparison sites and Google are good tools to start with, if you find the flight you want using them, head over to that airline’s website and search for it there.  You might find it cheaper or for the same price and book directly with the airline.

 

4. Subscribe to Airline Newsletters

Embrace the spam and sign yourself up to airline newsletters via their websites.  While you will probably receive some unwanted emails, they are a useful way to stay up to date on sales that airlines run throughout the year.  If you’re looking at travelling domestically, sign up for Virgin, Tiger, Jetstar and Qantas.  Once you’ve booked your flights you can always unsubscribe from these mailing lists.

 

5. Try Skyscanner Flights to “Everywhere”

Sometimes you just need to get away, and don’t care where.  Skyscanner’s flights to “everywhere” search allows you to punch in your departure point and travel dates, then spits out the cheapest destination is ascending order.  It’s also a great resource for coming up with travel ideas!