For most people living in a country that isn’t the one they were born in, flying is a significant part of life. It’s not cheap, it’s long and cramped, and it’s generally a pain in the butt. So here’s how to make flying at least a little cheaper.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, so I want to know what I’ve missed, be sure to send me an email to tips@americajosh.com so I can update the article!

Google Flights

This has to be where most people start because it really does map out most (if not all) of the airlines who can get you from point A to point B.

With options for finding trends in pricing, and variations on the exact day that you want to fly in and out to ensure you’re getting a good deal, you’re sure to find all the information you need to get a good deal on a great flight.

Don’t forget to push the Save button! If you save the deal you’re looking at, you will subscribe to updates on that route and it will tell you if the price goes up or down!

Hopper

If you’re planning a trip a bit further out, the app, Hopper, is your friend!

Hopper gives you the ability to select your dates (after you’ve got some information from Google Flights) and then monitors them for trends in when to purchase. It will tell you whether the current average price is above or below what it could be, and will tell you whether you should “Buy now” or “Wait, because we think it’s going to get cheaper”.

A handy tool to put your mind at ease and know that you can keep some cash in your pocket for fun at the other end!

Scott’s Cheap Flights

This one is more curated and takes advantage of airlines that make mistakes as well as just finding great deals. It’s more of a “pick-the-departure-airport-and-wait-for-awesome-deals-to-anywhere” than a getting-cheap-flights-between-A-and-B  kind of place, but it can be great if you don’t mind where you’re headed for a vacation.

The paid service (I hear) is great for the extra special deals that get snapped up super fast.

IFTTT

What?! If This Then That is an AWESOME website for so many reasons, and not just this.

Basically you can tell their website (IFTTT.com) to take one thing that happens and turn it into something else. For example:

  1. If it’s going to rain tomorrow, email me at noon today.
  2. If I get a Facebook message, text my Mum.
  3. If an airline drops flight costs, send me a notification.

That third one is obviously the most important one for the moment.

If you sign up (for free) and then search “Flight” you’ll find websites like “The flight deal” which will let you monitor their sites and send you notifications when particular flights come up. SO HANDY!

If you’ve got other tips, please do reach out and let me know!