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5 Tips for Finding Affordable Flights

Let’s face it, being able to fly somewhere is rarely affordable, especially as millennial professionals juggling the pressures of a limited budget and rising costs of living, finding affordable flights is crucial. Here are some savvy strategies to help save you money when booking a flight. 

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Use The Power of Flight Search Engines

Flight search engines like Skyscanner and Google Flights are your best friends when it comes to hunting down an affordable flight. These platforms aggregate prices from various airlines and travel agencies, allowing you to compare options effortlessly. Don’t forget to play around with flexible dates and nearby airports to uncover more affordable options. 

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Maximize Credit Card Points

There are so many travel related credit cards available. There are both airline specific cards with flexible points that can be transferred to multiple airlines. You can get rewarded for everyday purchases and turn those points into discounted flights. If this is something that interests you, I would suggest looking into “travel hacking”. There’s a whole community of people who utilize credit card welcome offers and use those points to score nearly free vacations. 

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Book Your Flights in Advance

Booking your flights well in advance can often result in some savings, as airlines tend to offer lower prices for seats that get booked in advance. Aim to book your flight at least 6 months in advance to get the deal before the price gets increased. 

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Set Up Flight Alerts

    If you’re a bargain hunter, signing up for flight alerts from budget airlines and carriers known for frequent sales is a great option. Southwest is known for having frequent sales so signing up for emails or texts allows you to snag a better deal. This approach ensures you’ll never miss out on a flight deal again. 

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    Clear Out You Search History

    Have you ever noticed how the price may have mysteriously increased after searching for the same route? That’s not your imagination, some airlines can track your activity across multiple websites and can tell when you’re searching for the same route. To avoid falling victim to this sneaky tactic, always clear your cookie history as you’re searching for flights.

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