Travel agents tell all: How to get the best flight deals online

Australia’s largest online travel agent reveals how to get the best flight deals online.

Get the best flight deals online

One thing that appeals to all travellers is the opportunity of a good travel deal. More appealing is the possibility that you can get a good deal without having to do too much research.

With this in mind, Australia’s largest online travel agent, Webjet, has some tips on finding the best deal in the easiest way possible.

1. Consider alternative airports
Often flying into first-tier airports is the most convenient way to get to a destination. But sometimes, flying into a second-tier airport can save you hundreds, so long as it’s enough to cover your ground transportation to your desired end point.

“For example, you could save several hundred dollars by flying into Amsterdam instead of London and the savings will more than cover your ground transportation,” says Webjet.

“This is especially relevant during busy periods such as festivals. For Oktoberfest, a cheaper alternative could be flying to Memmingen and getting a bus to Munich rather than flying direct to Munich.”

2. Break up a long-haul flight
Again, booking a return flight is often cheaper than booking two one-way tickets. However, keep your eyes peeled for even cheaper one-way flights, especially airfares offered by local budget airlines.

“For example, if you’re flying from Sydney to Europe, booking as a one way from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong or Singapore and then another one way to the destination may work out significantly cheaper,” says Webjet.

3. Fly with more than one airline

You can often save money by flying with one airline then switching to another on your return flight, especially if you fly within Australia, or to Fiji, New Zealand and some South-East Asian countries.

According to Webjet: “Flight prices can fluctuate while you are researching and browsing across sites, but Webjet guarantees the price of your flight, along with any hotel, car rental or travel insurance booked at the same time for up to 30 minutes.  This allows you to compare and ‘Mix ‘n’ Match’ deals as you please.”

4. Plan ahead
Lower priced airfares always sell first, so the well-organised traveller will be rewarded by using Webjet’s ‘Deal Finder’ which keeps you up to date on cheap airfares up to six months in advance for both domestic and international flights.

5. Be open-minded
Another handy tool on the Webjet website is the ‘Where Can I Go’ function. Simply use the slider to specify your maximum budget and see where your money could take you. This tool will present all available destinations within your budget, so if you’re open-minded about different countries you could be quite spontaneous about where you go and save a bundle on your next holiday.

Do you have any tips for finding low-priced travel deals? Why not share them with our members?

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    Jim
    19th May 2018
    9:02am
    I have looked at web jet a few times, if you want to travel with a recognised airline then it's just as cheap going to the airline's site direct, if you don't care who you travel with some of these sites can show you cheaper fares, but be aware and check the travel times, quite often it can take twice as long to get to your destination.
    MICK
    19th May 2018
    1:05pm
    You are correct. I now avoid Webjet and if I have to book with an agent I have found FlightCentre is nearly always the cheapest. Having said that travellers need to be very careful of FlightCentre as they sometimes put in airlines like Malaysia, China Air and Philippines AIrlines. Anybody willing to fly on any of the above better be lucky as the history of these airlines is pretty horrifying and nobody in their right minds would fly with these for the couple of hundred dollars max they are going to save.
    I can't even begin to tell the story of our Malaysian Airlines flight a few years ago, and that was before the crashes which put this airline on the map.
    MICK
    19th May 2018
    1:10pm
    Hot in Japan? SImple solution. Go in early Spring or mid Autumn. We did. Perfect travel weather. I can't believe the travel industry which only ever has summer one travel time in its head.

    "Break up" a flight to Europe? How else can you get there? Until the last couple of months there was no direct flight to Europe Leon.
    Personally I'd rather stay on the plane and not waste time waiting for the plane to be refuelled. Tough call of course.
    sunnyOz
    20th May 2018
    12:24pm
    I have only JUST gone through this exercise. Trying to get my daughter and 3 kids across to Brisbane from Broome after a pretty horrific marriage breakdown - they really need an a break. Hell - would be cheaper to send them to England and back! All discount flight sites quotes were astronomical - and even going to travel bureau saw them try to push towards airline that they obviously got highest commission from. Example - one agent told me their were no flights left for airline A - only airline B. Did my own research - and airline A did have flights. Finally got tickets, but done by myself, doing my own search. Still outrageously expensive - now see why so many people go to Bali, etc.
    And as for tips above - most are counter productive and won't help.
    KSS
    20th May 2018
    4:50pm
    Be careful about switching airlines mid trip i.e. one way or sector flights. It will mean your luggage cannot be checked through to your destination. You will have to collect it at the transfer airport, and then go back through security and checkin process. If you don't leave hours between flights, you are in serious danger of missing the onward flight.

    There are other flight comparison sites than just webjet and it is worth looking at a couple of others e.g. skyscanner and flight compare for example. That gives you an idea of what is available. Then go to the airline site and look at what they are offering. Sometimes its cheaper!


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