Another reason why novice travelers, despite the overpayment, choose the option of buying a ticket on the official carrier website, is the stereotype that it’s the only way they can avoid problems if you need to change the date of departure or to cancel your reservation. This is misleading: airlines and aggregators have the same rules for exchanging or refunding the tickets. By the way, aggregators are even more flexible in such situations.
The existence of metasearchers makes life easier for tourists and saves their time. However, after comparing prices on different websites and selecting the lowest, it would be wise to take a look at the website of the carrier: maybe there is a special sale right now. If not, feel free to buy your ticket via the selected booking system.
To go on vacation at the lowest price, consider the following recommendations:
Plan your vacation and buy tickets as early as possible, because in a couple of months before departure prices are galloping up.
Do not try to fly during the high season: ticket prices are at the peak, and the pleasure of relaxation in the overcrowded tourist spots will be questionable. The best deals from airlines are in November-January. The highest prices are respectively in the summer, during the May and Christmas holidays.
Try to use special offers and sales. From time to time scan the prices for tickets in the desired direction through the prism of the current currency exchange rates. The cost of tickets also depends on the time of the day and the day of the week. For example, to fly in the early morning, night and midweek will be cheaper than on weekends.
Shortly before the date of departure ticket prices can jump up (if the direction is in high demand), and the opposite — to drop sharply (in the case of small number of passengers on the flight). It’s hard to predict this situation, so you can only take advantage of the reduced rates and spontaneously go on a trip.
The cost of tickets is also affected by the model of the aircraft. The more passengers and luggage can be placed on board, the cheaper the trip will cost.
The chance to purchase cheap tickets is much higher for those who are planning to go on a popular tourist route than those who want something exotic. The more popular the route, there are more flights from different carriers who respond to the competition reducing the prices of the tickets.
When you determined the direction, compare the prices of the tickets for planes landing at various airports around the city. As a rule, low cost flights fly more to small unpopular airports. But don't forget to estimate the distance from the city: maybe the transfer will "eat up" whatever you have saved.
If you fly quite often, use special bonuses from airlines: many carriers have a special program where passengers are awarded with points or miles. You can use them when paying for the next flight.