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If You Want To Book The Cheapest Flights, You Can’t Miss These 22 Secrets

If You Want To Book The Cheapest Flights, You Can’t Miss These 22 Secrets

There comes a time in life when it happens: The travel bug has hit, and there is a stomach-rumbling urge to cure it. Your body cells are vibrating away as you search the routes to your next destination. You need to get there. You just need that flight confirmed. You’re ready to hop on the plane; but then you see the price.

Don’t worry, there are enough cheap flights; you just have to know the methods to find them! Here are 22 secrets to finding cheap flights.

1. Opt for private browsing

If you repeatedly search for a particular route, then flight prices increase. This is a tactic to make you book quickly, before the price leaps. If you browse privately, then you won’t lose your sanity if flight prices change.

The way to get past this is searching in a mode of private browsing, or incognito, to be able to view the lowest flight prices. In Google Chrome or Safari, incognito is enabled by pressing Command (or “Control” if using PC) and Shift at the same time, then hitting the “N” key. For Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, hit Command (or “Control”) and Shift, then “P.” This will open a new browser window where your information is not tracked, thus not inflating prices as you search.

If you have an older OSX version, open Safari and click on private browsing. Your cookies will then reset every time you open a window in incognito mode. This will be a clean slate for each search.

2. Check for changes in price after booking

Once you book a flight, remember to check the price the next morning. If the airfare lowered the price, cancel and rebook without a penalty.

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3. Check for price cuts

Airlines usually cut prices when they cannot fill a plane for a weekend trip. Sign up for price alerts to be aware of price cuts.

4. Fly on Wednesday

According to FareCompare.com, flying on Wednesday is cheaper for domestic travel. The best time for a booking is the Tuesday 6 weeks before your flight.

5. Keep an eye on social media

Airlines experiment with social media, but you have to act very fast, as deals can disappear in a few hours. If you find one, grab it.

6. Frequent Flyer memberships

Frequent Flyer memberships allow you to build a relationship with an airline. You will be cozy in your personal choice of an airline with incentives and rewards.

If you are a member of a  frequent-flyer program, or you have linked your credit card to a specific airline, you get automatic preference. The airline will tailor the price for you. Credit cards that are linked to airlines offer perks like free checked bags, and priority seating and boarding. This makes it worthwhile to dedicate yourself to one airline.

7. Keep an eye on airfare-watching sites

AirfareWatchdog.com is a site that can get you excellent deals on lower prices. Real people scout for the deals, not computers, so some good offers will turn up.

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8. Know the flight search engines

Get familiar with sites that offer the best prices, such as Skyscanner, AirFare Watchdog, MomondoJetRadar, Google Flights, and TripAdvisor. These are some search engines that do not include budget airlines, so do additional searches for budget airlines in certain regions. Use a combination of various search engines to ensure that you do not miss results.

9. Use a travel agent

Travel agents have special rates that are inaccessible to public domains; yet, this does not always ensure that you are getting the best price. Do your own research, find the cheapest flight you can, and present this to the travel agent to see if they can beat or match that offer. This could possibly lead to huge savings,

10. Look for airline error fares

Mistakes with postings can lead to huge discounts. These happen because of technical glitches, mishaps with currency conversions, or human error. Get in the know-how of searching for errors, and you could save yourself buckets. Secret Flying and AirFare Watchdog are great resources for sourcing mistakes in prices. Search Skyscanner for a full month and spot reduced fares.

11. Book with different airlines

Mixing and matching are worth a try. Airlines have one-way tickets at reasonable prices, so one airline may be cheaper for an outbound and another airline for the return. Check it out.

12. Choose the morning flights

The early bird hours are cheaper than lunch or dinner time flights.

13. Book 6 weeks in advance

According to a study by the Airlines reporting corporation, the best time to purchase a flight is six weeks in advance.

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14. Search a variety of sites

Do not rely on just one site. Open up to options. For airlines, it is about getting you to pay the highest, which is not what consumers want, according to Joe Brancatelli, publisher of JoeSentMe.com, a travel website. On a single flight, he adds, there can be more than a dozen pricing categories; “On a 150-seat plane, there could be 50 different prices,” he says.

15. Be flexible with your trip length

Business Insider recommends adding extra days to the trip and be flexible. Adjusting around peak travel times lowers the fare.

16. Check the price on the actual airline site

When you get the listing of the flights, double check with the actual site of the airline. You might find better rates reserved on the website.

17. You will save yourself the most if you fly when nobody else does

Even though you aspire to dream away summer in Paris, everyone else does too. And the airlines? They capitalize on this.  So holidays, festivals, major events, or school breaks need to be noted, as airlines will raise prices accordingly.

18. Do not always take direct flights

It is better to be flexible with destinations and dates on the route you plan to take. It may be cheaper to take a connecting flight. There are many budget carriers that will make your savings worth it.

19. Student discounts

If you happen to be a student under 26 years old, there are discounts available. Agencies like Flight Center help you find a cheap ticket.

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20. Subscribe to a mailing list

No one likes their inboxes to clutter, but by joining airline mailing lists, you get regular updates and last minute specials and deals.

21. Do not search for group tickets

Airlines show higher ticket prices for group tickets. Search for tickets per single person instead of as a group.

22. Keep an eye on currencies

If a currency you have access to is stronger in comparison to others, search in countries where the currency is weaker compared to others around the world. This method may help you find a cheaper ticket.

If you think traveling is expensive, think again. There are insider tricks, and deals that can save you money. It is possible to afford trips with more time traveling, and less planning!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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