Skyscanner hacks to get cheap flights
The best way to save money with Skyscanner.net is obviously to use a combination of these Travel Hacks! If you really want to save money on flights, it only takes a bit of work. First search for where you are to where you want to go (and when) to get a baseline. That way you can see how much money you saved, WEEE!
1. Search Incognito
These sneaky airlines track “supply and demand.” Make sure you are searching incognito, otherwise next time you look and decide to commit, you might see a price jump!
2. Search your city to “Everywhere!”
This way is great to see “Where can I fly the cheapest?” when you get a wild hair! This option is especially great to save money if you don’t have a particular destination in mind. I found out that I had a 5 day break, and I did a search and found a $270 Round Trip ticket from Atlanta to Colombia! My flight was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew though 🙁
If you do have a particular destination in mind, still search Everywhere. Then you’ll be able to see places that are closer to your destination and see if you can fly there, and then catch a cheaper flight to your real destination. Bonus… stopover!
For Example: I needed to get home after a whirlwind 9-week European tour! I was in Spain and wanted to get home!
So I saved money, and I also added on Portugal, met a lovely couch surfer, saw the supposed last place of the Holy Grail, and a buddy in Boston! Winner winner chicken dinner.
3. Use Layovers to your advantage!
When I do a search and see a layover, sometimes it’s easier/cheaper to book them as two separate legs.
For example: I wanted to get to Moscow for the Trans-Siberian Express. The price very expensive, but there was a long layover in Toronto. You don’t have to do as many stops as I did, but I had people to see on my way out there! And free lodging, what what!
Savings of 66% Definitely worth the time to search to save money!
4. Reverse Engineer It!
This works great in conjunction with the second tip. Wherever you want to go, put that in your Departure City/Country and put Everywhere as your destination. If you have Tip 2 in one window and this tip in another window, you can find the common denominator.
For example: I needed to get to Istanbul for an exciting trip!
5. Sometimes Round Trip is cheaper than One Way
I think it’s well known that it’s better to get a RT ticket rather than two OWs. But seriously, sometimes you can buy the Round Trip ticket and just use the first portion. Make sure the first leg is the one you actually need. If you don’t use the first leg, the second leg is automatically cancelled. I’ve personally never done this, however. I was mapping out a trip last year, and was planning on doing it. I ended up going to Cambodia on an awesome tour instead. But it is also possible to get RT and just get those short/cheap flights to and from that place as well.
6. Search by Month or even Year!
This one is really great if you don’t really have any restrictions. Since I’m a teacher, I can’t take any ol’ time off (Don’t Cry for me….. Argentina…), so I don’t use the year option often, but I bet you could! I do use the month option a lot though! It lets me see when the cheapest day is. Then all I have to do is factor in whether the price difference is worth possible lodging costs or not.
7. Switch it up with different airlines!
This is where rewards come in handy, but you could also just try checking other airlines.
I found that flight by doing United States to Cambodia to find cheapest flight out there, and then used my Southwest card to get me to New York! They ended up being different airports, but a $12 shuttle fixed that.
8. Compare *just* to be sure
I would say 19/20 times, Skyscanner.net is the cheapest option, but it doesn’t hurt to double check. I’ve used the other sites as well, but since my Skyscanner hacks pretty much always win, I kinda let them all go by the wayside. They don’t have flexible search options, and some can open a 1,000 pop up windows. The other two sites I’d say are worth a double check are Google Flights and Kayak. Both are pretty similar to Skyscanner, but I prefer my Skyscanner 😀
If you’re taking multiple flights, don’t forget to factor in possible baggage costs. These super cheap fares are often on budget airlines. Before you commit to the flights you’re thinking about, go to the airline’s website and check on baggage. But if you’re a carry-on sort of person, do your thang! Just make sure it fits size requirements!
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Get out there and Scan Those Skies and practice your skyscanner hacks!! Do you have other tips and tricks? Comment below!
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Great tips! I will be on skyscanner later to find flights to Vegas, Detroit, and Vietnam for next year!!! Thanks for the tips!!! I will let everyone I know who travels about your site.
Skyscanner is my secret weapon for sure!
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Truly learned a lot from this! I never would’ve thought about separate flights instead one with layovers. Great post!
Yeah! Just used it for my last trip! $1800 Atlanta to Iceland? No! Instead, I went Atl to Baltimore (saw a friend) to Reykjavik to Berlin for 2 days then Miami (saw a friend) then home! For $665 🙂
I saw your article on the link in FTB, had my eye right away! Thanks for sharing this great resource..I am an educator also and trying to see the world on a very slim budget!
Best to you!
Oh thanks so much! That’s actually why I started the blog! All my friends asked me how I managed to travel to 45 countries on a teacher’s salary! I tell them planning and flexibility!
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There are some useful tips here. I would never have thought of searching incognito! And searching for everywhere sounds like a fun thing to do. You could end up anywhere or at least somewhere you’d never have thought of visiting.
That’s how my Colombia trip happened! Until it didn’t because of the hurricane hehe. But yea, I think open plans are great!
Skyscanner is my go-to as well! I love that you showed your actual savings in this post… so neat to see! I’m a big fan of long layovers too but you’re right, the baggage fees are what will really get you! That’s why I always fly carry-on with budget airlines. Much less fuss 🙂
I thought examples might help! Oh Carryon is always the best! I haven’t managed to get to carry on only for super long trips though. New goal!
Great tips! I particularly like the idea of searching “City X” to “Everywhere” to find good layovers or a random destination. I haven’t tried that before but will do that the next time I have flexibility in my air travel!
It’s how I’m saving over $400 to Iceland next month!! Ain’t flexibility grand?
Good tips. I have not used Skyscanner. I tend to be very airline loyal so keep those upgrades, free luggage, and First Class seats that I am rewarded with. I will check this out for comparison.
It is hard to compare with those loyalty rewards! I’m not loyal to any specific airline since I bounce around a lot based on the deals!
Damn, I have literally just booked a flight as of 10 minutes ago and this article would have come in really useful. Skyscanner really is a superb system and its incredible to realize how many ways there are to save using it. Thanks for opening my eyes to just a few more and I will most definitely be taking advantage of these in the future
I hope so! I’m currently using my own advice to find some flights to Iceland!
Thanks for the tips. Searching in Incognito has become so important now because as you said of the price jump that happens when you finally decide to buy. For me the best tip was the one about searching the destination from different locations and the example of Spain to US that you gave and how it was cheaper from Portugal. I never tried that and will start searching in that manner now.
I didn’t realize the value of incognito until about a year ago! It makes me wonder how much I’ve wasted! I’m glad you found it helpful! I thought the examples would be helpful!
These are such great tips! I’m totally bookmarking this article. I’ve never used Skyscanner but I hear about it all the time–I don’t really know what I’ve been waiting for. I’m definitely going to give it a go! I love the idea of “everywhere” because I’m always just wanting to go somewhere, anywhere!
The Everywhere option really sold me! But the prices kept me coming back! I wouldn’t have been able to travel as much without it!
Nice tips! We often have some pretty awesome layovers in London or Amsterdam…even easy to get to the cities while waiting!
London and Amsterdam are often top layovers!!
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