Hacking into the Indian Flight Booking


Flights are often the most expensive part of travel and most of us want to travel at the lowest cost as well as avail maximum service. People often are confused by the promotions provided by airlines and travel agents. This guide will provide you how you can book the cheapest flight in India:

Compare the prices: This might be the very straightforward thing that everyone does. There are popular flight compare websites like Skyscanner, Kayak, and Momondo that helps you compare the best prices. But here is the catch. They compare only popular flight ticketing platform. There may be other flight booking platform like Akbar travels that provide cheaper air tickets than Yatra.com, MakeMyTrip & Cleartrip etc. I would recommend you to try out Akbar travel and compare the fare of a flight with other popular platforms. You might be in for a surprise.

Find out the actual Price: Often, when you book tickets, the money that you end up paying would be higher than the actual fare. This is because of the taxes and value added services you choose while booking. While booking ensure that you choose the right options. Certain airlines provide student discount and you can avail extra baggage allowances without paying anything extra. Similarly, families and friends can also avail discounts. Ensure that you choose the right options before making the payment.

Some payment options would also charge you a convenience fee. Hence, ensure that you choose the right payment option. Use a proxy account to transfer the money to avail a cashback. You might be able to offset any extra charges.

Plan your booking: One of the fundas of flight booking – Book early. If you are booking atleast 8 weeks before your date of travel, you are sure to get the lowest fare. Mid-week is the best day of the week to purchase flight tickets. You will also find the cheapest fares on Wednesday. Or get ready to take the red-eye flight – flight departing late at night and arriving early the next morning.

You can also use a VPN to fake your location. Prices vary according to the IP Address location. But make sure that it’s not a “resident”-only fare. You may also have to pay in local currency.

Use the incognito mode. Why? Because travel events use your computer’s cookies to determine what kind of flight you’re interested in booking. Once they know what you’re looking for, they’ll raise prices accordingly. To prevent this from happening, you can either clear your browser cache or just open an incognito tab before starting the booking process.

Enrol for Frequent Flier Program: People often don’t know that most of the airlines in India offer a free membership to their Frequent Flier Program. Even though you are not a frequent flier, it is good to enrol with the membership program. People often forget to redeem miles. You will also be able to avail extra value added services in future when you travel.

You must also check with your bank to avail benefits while booking. Some credit card providers offer you cashback, discount or even free access to airport lounge.

Do you have any pro-tips for getting cheap airfare? Share them with us in the comments!

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