Finding a great flight deal used to be all about booking at the last minute, as airlines were desperate to get rid of their empty seats. Today there are so many budget airlines and business travellers willing to pay big bucks at the last minute that it’s no longer the case. We've crunched the data and found that 7 weeks is the best time to book for short haul flight such as the UK to Malaga whereas you need to look around 18 weeks in advance for long haul destinations.
Secret 2: Sign up for fare alerts with Airlinesticketcorp.com
Although last minute flight deals are hard to find, they do exist if you know where to look. Monthly special offers from 900 Airlines give customers chances to enjoy their dream holiday with a huge saving. Take the leg work out of finding cheap flights by visiting signing up for the newsletters. Your inbox will soon be filling up with news of flash sales, new routes with special introductory rates, and most importantly, low fares on last minute flights.
Secret 3: Buy a one way ticket to your destination (and back)
Not always, but sometimes, buying return flights with one airline can be more expensive than purchasing two one way tickets from different airlines. For example, flying from Edinburgh to Paris with Ryanair on a cheap one way flight and then booking a cheap one way flight home with Easyjet. This method gives you more flexibility, too, as you can come back when you want or even fly home from a different (cheaper) airport.
Secret 4: Try the 24-hour rule
Some airlines may offer you a free refund if you cancel more than 24 hours before departure, so watch the price of the flight you’ve just booked using Airlines Ticket Corporationprice alert. If the cost of the flight drops substantially, cancel your original flight and book the new one. This will save you a bit of money, but be wary as some airlines don't offer this and some may charge a cancellation fee if you’re out of the 24 hour window.