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5 flight booking mistakes you didn’t know you were making

When booking flights it’s important to remember that more often than not, you’ll be able to find something cheaper than your first quote. There are dozens of mistakes people make when booking their trip which could result in a more expensive flight, or avoidable inconveniences. In order to help you avoid these mistakes, we’ve put together some of the common things people do wrong when booking their holiday.

1)   Compare the cost

Many people book flights without first checking a flight comparison website. Something as simple as this could make all the difference. If you look on a specific website first, ensure you check it against other flights to see if you can either find a better price or more appropriate flight times for a similar price. Try to avoid booking the first thing you see.

2)   Choose the right airport – not just the cheapest

If a flight is £5 cheaper to a different airport, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s the most financially viable option. Sometimes cities will have multiple airports, which are a significant distance from one another. If you discover that an airport is located close to your accommodation, it’s worth making that your top priority when you’re booking. Otherwise, you’ll incur additional travel expenses for a taxi, bus or train.

3)   Clear your cookies!

Certain websites will plant cookies which will allow them to track how often you visit a site, resulting in them increasing flight prices for your specific phone. It is encouraged that those booking holidays should turn ‘incognito mode’ on when browsing or to clear their cache before looking up the website.

4)   Be cautious of when you’re booking

Booking flights too late will increase the price, but so will booking too early. Organisation when it comes to booking flights is a positive thing for the most part, but if you’re too early, you could miss out on a better deal. On average, deals start cropping up around five months before departure, so it’s important to bear that in mind when you’re booking.

5)   Check your flight times

It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re arriving late and leaving early, you can lose a whole day. Try and schedule your flights in order for you to get that full day on holiday, otherwise you could be paying for a hotel stay you’re not able to make the most of.

There are a number of other things you can do to make your flight cheaper, including opting for flights which have a stop off and being flexible with the time that you need to go. In order to get the best possible price for your flight, it’s important to try and avoid these common mistakes.

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