How to find cheap flights in 2018

Times are a changing! There are many ways in 2018 for finding cheap long haul flights and we are going to list some super tips for saving money on your next plane ride!

Remember that flights is often the most expensive part of your trip…

For all of the changes in the transatlantic flight market, many pricing factors remain the same—as do the strategies for getting the cheapest airfare possible.

Be flexible. Summertime is still peak season, yet flights generally cost less if you avoid the season’s true peak and opt instead for departures in early June or late August. For example, in one of our searches Aer Lingus was charging $1,146 for a round trip from Los Angeles to Dublin in mid-July, compared to around $800 for departures at the tail ends of the season. For that matter, flexibility in general boosts the odds of snagging cheap flights. Switching departures from the weekend to the middle of the week can save you hundreds.

Look for budget hubs. You can save hundreds of dollars by tweaking your plans to fly to airports served by the low-cost carriers. Instead of flying Aer Lingus nonstop from Los Angeles to Dublin, for instance, go with WOW Air from LAX to Cork (via Reykjavik) for as little as $680 on our searches for peak July travel dates. Or, instead of flying out of Boston, consider Providence, which is served by Norwegian Air. During searches in late March, we found nonstops from Providence into Bergen, Norway, in mid-July for only $302 round trip. With prices this cheap, you can handle the extra costs and hassles of using B-list airports, and still have money left over to hopscotch around Europe by booking a few low-fare flights within the continent. (Just remember that they too charge hefty fees for baggage—so pack light.)

Be indirect. Connecting flights have always tended to be cheaper than nonstop to Europe, and that’s largely still the case for 2017. We couldn’t find direct flights from Washington, D.C., to Rome for anything less than $1,700 throughout the summer, for instance. But routes with one stopover could readily be had for under $1,000.

Book strategically. crunched months of search data to conclude that the optimal time for booking flights to Europe for the least amount possible is roughly four months before departure. (That’s too late for you if you fancy a June getaway, but perfect if you’re targeting an August escape.) Travelers probably have more leeway when flying during non-peak periods; we’ve seen plenty of deals to Europe available for under $400 round trip at the last minute this winter and spring. And if you’re hoping to get ultra-cheap airfare, pay attention to when carriers like Norwegian Air announce new routes—and insane introductory prices as low as $65 to go along with them.

It’s a good idea to check multiple flight search engines before you book a ticket. You never know which site may show you the best price and cheapest flights.

Our Favorite Flight Search Sites:

Google Flights

Generally, my first stop is Skyscanner when searching for cheap flights. When I find a good deal, before I book it, I’ll also double check Momondo, Google Flights, Kayak, and finally the airline’s official website.

Be Flexible With Dates/Times

The best time to book a flight has been found to be 4-10 weeks in advance of your trip. The best days to depart seem to be Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday because they’re off-peak with less passengers and lower fares.

Early morning flights or red-eyes (overnight) will usually be cheaper too.

Flights with long layovers are less expensive. Another way to save money on tickets is by flying during the off-season, or shoulder seasons, when there will be less demand.

For example? Iceland in the Fall/Winter, or Mexico in the Summer.

Check Alternative Airports

If you happen to live near a few airports, remember to check the fares for each of them, as well as alternative airports or large hubs near your intended destination.

Sometimes traveling by bus to or from a different airport can save you a lot of money on flights.

In the past I’ve saved a few hundred dollars choosing a $10 bus ride to New York rather than flying directly out of Boston. It takes longer, so you’ll have to weigh the opportunity cost.

Identify the cheapest day to fly out

While many theories exist around booking specifically on a Tuesday to save money, the reality is there is no consistent truth to exactly which days are cheapest to fly. Most of the time it is cheaper to leave on a weekday, though this isn’t always the case. Your best strategy is to get a quick visual of prices for a whole month to see what days are cheapest for your specific route. Here’s how:

Step 1. Hop on the Skyscanner website or download the app

Step 2. Enter your departure & arrival cities

Step 3. Select “one-way” (even if flying round trip – you’re just determining the cheapest days to fly out first)

Mix it up

Long gone are the days when it was always cheaper to book a return flight on the same airline. Our research indicates you can frequently save by being disloyal. When we checked flights from London to Gran Canaria in August, we found savings of £76 for a family of four by going out with one airline and back with another.

But doing a comparison of all the flight options on the airlines’ own websites would take hours. But on, every search scours all the airlines and brings you the best deal, whether it’s flying out and back with the same airline or mixing it up – or even flying into and out of different airports.

Finally don’t forget holiday cover particularly if you are over the age of 80 as insurance has never been more important!

Ten longest flights in the World

Ever wondered what the longest flights in the world are? Well here is the current top 10 list as of April 2017.
Top 10 | The world’s longest flights
Doha-Auckland, Qatar Airways, 9,028 miles
Dubai-Auckland, Emirates, 8,824 miles
Sydney-Dallas, Qantas, 8,578 miles
San Francisco-Singapore, United Airlines & Singapore Airlines, 8,446 miles
Atlanta-Johannesburg, Delta, 8,439 miles
Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles, Etihad, 8,390 miles
Dubai-Los Angeles, Emirates, 8,339 miles
Jeddah-Los Angeles, Saudia, 8,332 miles
Doha-Los Angeles, Qatar Airways, 8,306 miles
Dubai-Houston, Emirates, 8,168 miles

United Kingdom and the US ban laptops, tablets and kindles

The US has banned passengers from carrying electronic devices on direct flights to the US from eight Muslim-majority countries.

The US has banned passengers from carrying electronic devices larger than a smartphone on non-stop flights to the US from the ten airports across eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The banned devices will only be allowed on board in checked baggage.

The nine airlines affected by the new policy are:

Qatar Airways
Etihad Airways
Royal Jordanian
Egypt Air
Turkish Airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Kuwait Airways
Royal Air Maroc
US officials said the airlines had been given 96 hours, beginning at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to implement the ban. Currently, the ban has no end date.

Critics have accused the US of another attack on Muslim-majority countries, after the Trump administration have repeatedly attempted to enforce an executive order banning citizens from six Muslim-majority countries entering the US.

Tech experts say the new rules appear to be at odds with basic computer science. They say that if there are concerns about laptops on board being used as explosives, it would work just as well in the cargo hold. Additionally, most modern smartphones, which are not included in the ban, have the same capabilities as larger devices – a smartphone is a computer.

Interestingly, the Federal Aviation Administration have previously raised concerns that the shipment of lithium batteries in aircraft cargo poses a serious fire risk. This ban will increase these concerns.

The Department of Homeland Security said terrorists were constantly seeking “innovative methods” to bring down commercial aircraft. The electronics ban has been under consideration since the US government learned of a threat several weeks ago.

Oslo Copenhagen to South-East Asia from only €364 roundtrip

Summer flights from Sweden, Denmark or Norway to South-East Asia from only €364 roundtrip with Thai Airways.
Stockholm – Bangkok: €364 (non-stop)
Copenhagen – Bangkok: €364 (non-stop)
Oslo – Krabi: €366
Oslo – Bangkok: €368 (non-stop)
Oslo – Chiang Mai: €374
Stockholm – Krabi: €375
Stockholm – Chiang Mai: €383
Stockholm – Phuket: €383
Oslo – Phuket: €388
Oslo – Phnom Penh: €396
Oslo – Vientiane: €400
and more…
Stockholm, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark
Oslo, Norway
Bangkok/Krabi/Chiang Mai/Phuket, Thailand
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Vientiane, Laos
Manila, Philippines
Yangon, Myanmar
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Denpasar, Bali
Stockholm, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark
Oslo, Norway
Availability from April to November 2017
The Thai Airways website conveniently provides a date matrix so there is no need for a list of example dates from us.
However, do NOT purchase on the Thai Airways website. Simply find the cheap dates, then purchase on the Momondo 


Momondo OTAs price these flights cheaper.

March Travel and New Routes News

Could the Airbus A380 be the future for no frills long haul flights?

The Airbus A380 could be the missing piece of the budget long jigsaw. If an A380 was stripped out and replaced with only economy class seats then in theory you could have over 85 paying passengers per flight.

However to compete with ordinary airlines the operator would have to be very selective over which routes they will compete for. For instance there might be more passengers per plane but with a ‘frills’ airline you have first, business class who’s fares tend to be 3 to 4 higher than economy. There is also an expectation that when one flies on a budget airline they would expect to pay less than a frills airline own economy budget seats to Valencia

Whether this model will ever work, e.g. long haul flights on budget airways, remains to be seen but there are bound to other airlines who will pick this up in years to come and try and break through and make a successful long haul budget airline.

Budget carrier Jetstar to fly long haul from Chiangi

Jetstar budget airlines have announced plans to fly budget long haul flights from Singapore to destinations in Australia and Europe insurance. Details of exact destinations have not been announced yet but we will bring you the news as soon as they announce plans.

Air Arabia Egypt

A new airline from Egypt is being create called Air Arabia Egypt – the airline is in parntership with travco and will fly from its base within egypt all over the middles east and European destinations too.
Sahara Air
Air Sarah has began chartering flights from Heathrow to New Delhi from an incredible £126 plus taxes and Emirates has revealed that it is considering launching flights from London to Sydney for £280 return including taxes and £140 return to the Big Apple.
Ryan air UK flight to USA coming soon!

Ryan air has announced it plans to create another airline that allows passengers to fly from the U.S. to Europe for very cheap prices.

Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary told reporters last week he plans to take advantage of the recent open skies agreement between Europe and the U.S.
More Travel News from Budget Long Haul

Air Asia X who are going to be flying no frills long haul have from Asia to Europe and beyond have announced that they might not be starting the flights until 2008, possibly late as August 2008.

The reason is that they have no planes!

Airlines are charging too much for food

Low cost airlines are hiking up the price of snacks and drinks by more than 1,000% compared with everyday prices, according to research that shows that a 12p cup-a-soup sachet can cost passengers as much as £2.50.

A comparison of six major budget airlines serving the UK market found huge price increases on basic refreshments, with most carriers charging £2.60 for a tea and £1.80 for a 500ml bottle of water.

Ryanair, perceived by most as the airline offering the lowest seat prices, was found to be the most expensive when it came to on-board snacks, charging £2.34 for a bottle of water and £1.56 for a chocolate bar.

Passengers on a Ryanair flight could find themselves paying £1.96 for a 200ml can of cola, and £2.34 for a 160g bag of gummy sweets.

However, Ryanair is by no means alone in charging high prices. The price comparison snapshot, by travel search engine, found airlines routinely charged triple the supermarket price for chocolate bars, compared with supermarket prices.

When buying cheap flights you should also be aware of the offers of travel insurance. If you are flying anywhere out of your home country then is should be assumed you will have cover anyway! Source:

Norweigian has issues with budget long haul Dreamliner flights

One of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA’s (NAS.OS) Boeing Dreamliner jets remained grounded in port Fri as a result of technical issues, adding to a variety of recent mishaps with the planes solely days when the Norwegian budget airline Sat down with Boeing BA -0.54% during a crisis meeting to resolve the case. The spokesman said that he hopes everyone has good travel insurance for over 85s the trip on the plane.

The jet ought to have left port for national capital, Sweden, at 5:30 pm civil time with virtually two hundred passengers however had to stay on the bottom as a result of hydraulic ram issues, Norwegian press voice Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson told The Wall Street Journal Fri.

Norwegian is voted Europe’s best low-cost airline for the second year running
— Norwegian (@Fly_Norwegian) July 15, 2014

The passengers are rebooked on different flights, and a few of them are checked into hotels, Ms. Holmbergh Jacobsson aforesaid. Norwegian continues to be attempting to repair the aircraft’s technical issues, she added.

Norwegian presently operates 2 Dreamliners on long-distance routes from Scandinavia to Asia and therefore the U.S., and aims to introduce six additional over future few years because it ramps up its long-haul service. however it’s had to ground the craft many times in recent weeks as a result of technical problems, together with mechanics issues also as power provide mishaps and brake run-down indications. Others, together with heap Polish Airlines Sturmarbeiteilung, have additionally had to halt flights recently as a result of technical problems with their Dreamliners.

Top managers of Norwegian and Boeing met in national capital weekday on to debate the recent issues.
Could the Airbus A380 be the future for no frills long haul flights?