Every frequent traveler has their own tricks for booking the bestand cheapest flight possible.
Luckily, some were willing to share their secrets on a Quorathread that asked, "what are the best flight booking hacks?"
Keep scrolling for some tips and tricksthat may make all the difference.
1. Look at all your options.
Quora user Saran Udayakumar, who has 45,000 miles in the sky underhis belt, says that when he's booking flights he makes sure to check travelsearch engines like Kayak, Priceline, and Skyscanner, as well as airlines'websites.
2. Don't be opposed to layovers.
This may seem like an obvious one, but nonstop flights aretypically more expensive than flights with layovers. So if you're looking forthe cheapest possible option, Udayakumar says to consider booking a flight witha layover.
3. Clear your cookies or open anincognito tab before booking.
According to Udayakumar, travel agencies and airlines often useyour computer's cookies to determine what kind of flight you're interested inbooking. Once they discover what you're looking for, they'll often raise pricesaccordingly.
4. Book a connection you knowyou're not going to make.
This hack is better suited for risk takers, as it involvesgambling with airlines. Udayakumar suggests booking a cheap flight with a supershort connection time that's almost impossible to make.
5. Don't only rely on big-nameairlines when flying internationally.
According to Quora user Patrick Keane, a frequent flyer with StarAlliance and a Lufthansa eXperts member, some airlines you probably haven't heardoften offer the cheapest fares for transatlantic flights.
6. Fake your computer's IPaddress to fudge your location.
Flight prices differ widely from country to country, says Quorauser and avid traveler Anya Mary. Often fares are cheaper in countries withlower living standards, so pretending you're booking from, say, India, insteadof the US, can make all the difference.
7. Book a flight with a layoverthat's actually your end destination.
Quora user Gaurav Srivastava refers to this hack as "hiddencity ticketing." Here's the example Srivastava uses to explain the trick:Say you're flying from New York to Chicago and you find a cheap flight thatgoes from New York to Kentucky, but with a layover in Chicago (chances are aflight like this will be cheaper than a nonstop flight from New York toChicago). Book that flight and then just disembark in Chicago (don't board theconnecting flight to Kentucky).
8. Look out for"fifth-freedom flights."
Srivastava explains that the "fifth freedom refers to theright for an airline to carry revenue traffic between two foreign countries aspart of a service connecting the airline’s home country."
9. Book an early flight when youcan.
Turns out waking up at the crack of dawn for an early flight isworth it. Quora user Dan Birchall highlights a few reasons why.
10. Consider booking one waytickets and flying into and out of different cities.
While booking a round trip ticket in and out of the same citymight seem like the easiest, most logical way to go, Quora user Jeff Mccoy saysthat it's not always the cheapest. Sometimes, booking two one way tickets thatarrive in and depart from different cities can save you a lot of money.
11. Search for one-person flightseven if you're booking for multiple people.
If the first search you perform for a flight is for multipleseats, the airline might hike up prices, McCoy says. So instead, start bysearching for a flight for just one person, and look into booking for multiplepeople later.
12. Use Points Loyalty Wallet totrade and/or buy points and miles.
"Trading or buying a few extra miles might be all you need toearn a travel reward," McCoy says. Points Loyalty Wallet lets you do bothof those things, and it's worth checking out.