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Flight Hacks: Booking Online

Tue, 01/24/2017
Flight Comparison Websites And Booking A Holiday Online

While many people do still go to travel agents, most of us now use the internet to find and organise where and how we will spend our vacation. Anyone who has researched and booked a holiday on the web before will agree that it can be a very time-consuming process.

The Internet does offer a lot more flexibility in terms of destination, flight times, prices and avoiding the travel bureau means that whether you want to stay in a tent, rented apartment, hotel, hostel, couchsurf or motel is also up to you. In a travel agents’ certain holidays and packages are pushed and advertised to you more, and on the internet you just don’t get that… or do you? Although you may not realise it some websites are actually pushing certain flights which they get more commission for.. and everything from travel blogs to hotel comparison sites could be advertising to you in clever ways.

Here at Get Paid When Delayed we’ve been thinking about the most difficult part of going away, during months before, when you’re sitting in front of your screen trying to arrange your next trip... 

Everyone has their favourite flight comparison website or preferred airline, but when you’re looking at cutting costs, navigating these can be a tricky business. If you’re comparing flight prices online, make sure to check both the price the airline offers and the price offered to you through an online travel agent or another third party. Many frequent flyers swear by changing their IP address clearing their browser cookies or simply using different browsers to avoid websites making predictions about them or hiking prices up if they visit a site or search the same flights a second time.

Don’t rule out doing your flight over two legs, as often journeys with a layover are cheaper than a direct flight. Another trick is to look for flights which layover in your final destination- for example a flight from London to Rome stopping in Paris may be cheaper than a direct flight from London to Paris, apparently. Or you could try flying in to one city and out of another- changing airlines and cities means avoiding paying for a round-trip with return flights which always cost more. Across Europe many cities have more than one airport: London is the city with the most airports in Europe with six, Heathrow, Luton, City, Gatwick, Southend and Stansted, Paris has Charles de Gaulle, Orly and two more, Stockholm and Moscow both have four airports, Milan, Oslo and Barcelona each have three, Berlin has Tegel and Schönefeld, Rome has Ciampino and Fiumicino. Other European cities with two airports include Brussels, Düsseldorf, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Reykjavik, Venice, Warsaw, Ulaynovsk, Mugla, Istanbul, Kiev, Belfast, Glasgow and Tenerife Island. Remember too, that some cities lie so close together that you can easily arrive at one and depart from the other (like Liverpool and Manchester, Cologne and Düsseldorf or Vienna and Bratislava).

Everybody knows that early flights are usually the cheapest, but getting up at the crack of dawn to fly is worth it for a few other reasons too. If your flight is cancelled or you are denied boarding and you were booked on the first flight of the day, then there are plenty of other opportunities to be moved easily onto a subsequent flight. If you’re taking a late night flight however, you’d have to wait until the next morning. Flying in the morning means not only do you get to arrive at your destination early in the day and therefore make the most of your time there, but if your flight is oversold you can still volunteer to give up your seat and earn some bonuses. If you’re in no rush, giving up your seat and waiting for the next flight might be worth it, as you’re likely to get upgrades, vouchers or lounge access.

There are hundreds of rumours, tricks, hacks, tips and formulas floating around the web on how to get the best flight deals. One thing that is true is that prices do fluctuate, and to calculate ticket prices airlines have special algorithms affected by many different factors, so it’s hard to be certain about pinpointing when flights are really at their lowest price. After comparing what many bloggers, experts and comparison sites say, we believe that between 110 days and 20 days in advance is the best time to book.

Here at Get Paid When Delayed we’ve devised a system to quickly and easily work out what you are owed in the event that your flight is cancelled, delayed or if you are denied boarding. And it’s completely free of charge. All you have to do is answer a few questions and fill out your details to add to your claim letter (we promise to never share any of your information with any third parties). At Get Paid When Delayed simple and easy to work out what the airline is liable to pay out to you in compensation, refunds or welfare costs.

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