How To Find Ridiculously Cheap Flights Using Skyscanner

When it comes to finding cheap flights quickly, there is one website that stands out from the rest.

If you don’t like spending hours and hours looking through different airlines and search engines to find the cheapest flights online, then keep reading because I’m going to show you how you can find cheap flights with Skyscanner.

Skyscanner is a search engine that collects the flight data from other airlines and websites, and puts it all together to show you the best deals and the cheapest flights.

I’m sure that most of you will have already heard of Skyscanner before, and probably found some cheap flights.

However, in this article I’m going to share with you the method that I use to find ridiculously cheap flights using this incredible tool.

To take full advantage of Skyscanner and find amazing flight deals, follow these steps:

1. Delete Your Cookies

chrome clear browsing data
Select Chrome, Clear Browsing Data

 

Clear Cookies
Clear Cookies

Skyscanner, as well as most websites out there, use cookies to track what flights and searches you’ve been making. They store this information so that they can provide relevant advertisements to you, but more importantly to raise the prices and create urgency around your the searches you’ve been making. This will obviously make you more inclined to make a booking when you see that the prices keep rising.

If you don’t know how to delete your cookies using your favourite web browser, do a quick google search on how to delete them. It should take less than 2 minutes.

2. Change Currency and Country

Select Country and Currency
Select Country and Currency

In the top right hand corner you are given the option to choose your country and currency. Simply change this to your preferred currency so you better understand if you are getting a good deal or not.

Note: If you are booking domestic flights abroad, you will find cheaper flights if you select the country as the one you will be taking the domestic flight. For example if I was in Australia, but I wanted to book a domestic flight in England from London to Leeds, I would select the country as England, not Australia.

3.  Select One-Way Option

Make the above changes
Make the Above Changes for Steps 3 to 6

This is an important step if you are going to be taking a trip with multiple flights. Rather than fly to and from one location, select different locations to visit more places and find cheaper flights.

If you are only booking a flight to a single destination and not taking multiple flights, it may be cheaper to select the return option. Play around with both and see which is the cheapest.

4. Select Departure City

The departure city is the city that you will be taking your first flight from. Rather than simply selecting the major airport, select the ‘city option.’ This may mean finding cheaper flights from smaller airports.

As you can see in the image above, I have selected the departure as ‘Melbourne (Any)’ meaning that I will be shown the cheapest flights from all of the airports in Melbourne, not just the main one.

5. Add Nearby Airports

Once again by selecting nearby airports, you may find that there are cheaper options from smaller airports that are a little further away.

6. Enter Destination as Flexible

This is probably the most important step! When you enter the destination as flexible, you are given options in a list from cheapest to most expensive.

Ultimately this means that you may find a neighbouring country to the one you want to visit is cheaper. You could then take another, cheaper flight/train/bus/car to your final destination. In this way you are able to not only find cheaper flights, but explore somewhere new that you normally wouldn’t visit.

7. Choose The Cheapest Month Search Option

Select the cheapest month option, or the month you want to travel
Select the ‘Cheapest Month’ Option, or Select the Month you Wish to Travel

Instead of selecting a specific date to be travelling, be flexible. It’s best to look at results for destinations using the cheapest month option.

However, if you know which month you want to be travelling, select the ‘whole month’ option. For example if you want to travel in February, select the entire month of February.

8. Browse Through The Cheapest Destinations

browse cheap destinations
Cheap European Flights From Melbourne

After conducting your search, look through the destinations from cheapest to most expensive. Play around with the different options and see which cheap destinations appeal to you.

9. Select The Cheapest City

Selecting City with the Cheapest Flight to Sweden
Selecting City with the Cheapest Flight to Sweden

Upon choosing the country that you want to visit it will give you the option to choose a city. There will normally be one city that is a lot cheaper than the others, and I suggest selecting it.

If you don’t want to visit that city, you could go back to step 8 and choose a different country to fly in to. Otherwise I suggest booking your flight to this city, in this case Stockholm, and looking at domestic flights/train/bus within that country to your preferred city.

10. Browse Through The Cheapest Dates

Looking at the Cheapest Dates to Stockholm in February
Looking at the Cheapest Dates to Stockholm in February

Use the chart to have a look at the cheapest dates in the month that you could be travelling. This can give you an idea of the dates that offer the cheapest flights and now you can use that as a starting point to organise the rest of your trip.

11. Start Organising Your Trip

After you’ve selected the first leg of your trip, repeat the same process to find cheap flights for the second leg of your trip. This means going back to step 3 and changing your departure city, in this case Stockholm.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a quick and easy way to book cheap flights.

This is how you can book a trip around Europe from Australia for less than the price of a return trip to a single destination.

Now that you know how to find ridiculously cheap flights using Skyscanner, start playing around with different options and book your next overseas trip!

I would love to hear from you guys on how you use Skyscanner to find cheap flights and to hear about some of the great deals that you’ve found using this method.

4 thoughts on “How To Find Ridiculously Cheap Flights Using Skyscanner”

  1. Thanks Lewi! Great tip about deleting cookies so that the website doesn’t exploit you and up the price because they know you are interested in those particular flights.

    I have a question for you.

    What do you think of Momondo?

    Cheeers

    1. Hey Talia,

      Glad you found the article helpful.

      Although skyscanner is the main website I use when looking for cheap flights, before I book any of my flights I will go over to Momondo to see if they offer a better deal for the same flight, which they often do.

      I find skyscanner easier to navigate through with their ‘flexible’ option.

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