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How to Save Money on International Flights

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Be flexible

One of the best ways to save money on international flights is by being flexible with your travel dates, times, and destination. For example, if you find a flight that costs $200 but it’s only direct from Los Angeles to New York for one day, then you should probably look for another option.

If you want to go somewhere within a week or so (and get there before 3 pm), then you might try searching for routes that go through San Francisco or Chicago instead of New York City. If this isn’t possible—for example because your family lives on Long Island—then look into other destinations near there and see what kind of deals they can offer: maybe Boston would be cheaper? Maybe flying into John F Kennedy International Airport instead of LaGuardia will save more than $50 per person?

Being able to change your travel plans should also give you the flexibility needed when choosing an airline too; if one carrier offers cheap tickets but has poor customer reviews or very few seats available per flight, then don’t hesitate switching over to another airline!

Look for sales among budget carriers.

Looking for a cheap flight? Consider booking with a budget carrier. These airlines offer cheaper fares and often have fewer amenities—like fewer seats, smaller bathrooms, no in-flight entertainment or food—but they still typically include seat belts and oxygen masks. They're also more likely to have sales on their itineraries.

You can find budget carriers all around the world; here are some of our favorites:

Add a stopover.

One of the best ways to save money on international flights is to add a stopover. A stopover is when you land in one city, spend some time there, and then continue on with your journey.

For example: If you're flying from New York City to London, instead of booking a direct flight from JFK Airport (JFK) to Heathrow Airport (LHR), consider stopping over for a few days in Paris or Amsterdam first. This way, not only will you get cheap airfare by combining your flight with another destination but also have an extra week or two in Europe!

Take night flights.

When it comes to saving money on flights, you can't go wrong with night flights. The most popular time for people to fly is during the day, so many airlines charge higher prices. If you're willing to take an overnight flight and get some sleep on the plane, then flying at night will help you save money on a ticket. Overnight flights are also less likely to be delayed or canceled because there's less traffic in the air at that hour of the day—and if there are delays or cancellations due to weather or other factors, they'll occur while it's still dark outside, which makes them easier for passengers (and pilots) to handle.

Use your airline miles strategically.

  • Use your airline miles strategically.
  • You can use them to book a free flight, upgrade your seat, pay for part of your flight or pay for part of your hotel and car rental in addition to other things.

Avoid transfer points in busy cities like Bangkok and London.

Avoiding transfer points in busy cities like Bangkok and London can save you a lot of money. These cities are notorious for high hotel costs, taxes, food, travel, entertainment and healthcare costs because they're so popular with tourists.

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If you're planning to visit either city on your trip then try to book a flight that doesn't include a transfer there as it will be cheaper than flying into one of these major hubs first before transferring elsewhere in the country (or even region).

Look for cheap airports.

  • Pick airports that are not in major cities.
  • Pick airports with low fees.
  • Pick airports with low fuel surcharges.
  • Pick airports with low taxes.
  • Pick airports that have lower landing fees and airport fees.

There are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best deal for your flight. First, look at the calendar when booking flights. It's no secret that most people book their flights on Friday or Saturday and then fly out on Sunday or Monday. This is because those are the traditional days off from work and school, but it also means that these days are more expensive for flights. Mid-week flights will cost less than weekend ones so if possible, try to avoid flying over the weekend if you don't have to!

The other thing many don't realize is that if they're going abroad during holiday season - like Christmas or summer break - they may have more options available as well as lower rates due to fewer people traveling during these times of year. Be sure not only consider when booking international travel but also when buying domestic tickets too; sometimes airlines will offer better deals on certain routes depending on what day or week they depart/arrive on so always check before buying!

Research seat maps so you can pick the best seats for your needs.

  • Choose a seat with extra legroom.
  • Choose a seat with a window.
  • Choose a seat near the front of the plane.
  • Choose a seat with power outlets for charging your devices.
  • Choose a seat with USB ports for charging your devices.
  • Select an aisle or window so you can easily get up and move around if needed, or ask for one if it's not available when booking your flight (if you're flying abroad).

There are ways to get good deals on international travel if you do your homework

The first step to saving money on international flights is to do your homework. Look for deals on budget carriers like Ryanair or Easyjet, and search for cheap airports in Europe that don't charge as much in taxes as major hubs like London Heathrow or Amsterdam Schiphol. When booking your flight, be flexible with dates and times by using tools like Skyscanner's "everywhere" option (it looks for the cheapest day to fly from your city).

If you're traveling with friends or family, try to book seats together if you can—sometimes airlines will offer a discount if there are multiple people traveling together. If not, check Kayak's fare predictor tool which may suggest that buying two separate tickets will save more money than purchasing one trip!


If you’re looking to travel abroad, there are ways to save money. It just takes some research and planning!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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