Of all the tools we used for finding bargains in the travel world, Skyscanner was number 1. Recently we saved ourselves £100 per person, £300 total, on our flight to Sri Lanka, just through using the Skyscanner tips we share here. Let’s take a look at how to use Skyscanner to scan flights and find the best bargains. We still prefer Skyscanner to new flight comparison tools, including Kiwi, it also often gives us cheaper prices than going direct to the airlines themselves but that comes with a warning, read on to discover how we were scammed by one of their 3rd party sellers. Still read the tips, use these skills to find the best routs, days and deals, but proceed with caution and find out what happened to us.
Skyscanner Tips, Tricks and Hacks to Save Money On Flights
We all want to save money on flights, right?
Let me walk you through a few Skyscanner tips. Of course, you need to be flexible, if you need a direct flight on a certain day you can’t work the same magic, but Skyscanner.net or Skyscanner UK ( .net is global, .co.uk is uk specific ) will still help you find the best price. Enter your departure airport and destination in the box, enter 2 dates. Start your search and below the search box you’ll see an important next step.
You’ll Love Skyscanner Flexible Dates. Find the Cheapest Day to Fly
So, you’ve got Skyscanner open, first enter your departure airport in the FROM box. You don’t have to be specific, you can ask for any airport in London ( you can even do any airport in the UK), (catching a bus to Stanstead or Luton may be cheaper than paying for a Heathrow flight).
Choosing Your Best Dates for Travel
In the DEPART box, click on the calendar image. A standard calendar appears with days for you to click, instead of selecting a particular date look a little lower down.
Under the calendar you will see something like this, WHOLE MONTH or WHOLE YEAR is what you need.
A search like this, once you’ve selected your desired destination and preferred airports ( based on price or your convenience), will give you a graph showing prices, day by day. Now you know which days are cheapest.
Not Ready to Book? Sign Up for Notifications
Select the flight and day you want and click the button to allow notifications on this flight.
You can do this for multiple flights and destinations, I really like that they all come in 1 email instead of several.
Skyscanner will tell you if flight prices have increased or decreased. You can watch and wait for prices to dip for as long as your nerve lasts. Around 3 months before departure is often the best time to book.
Is it Cheaper to Book Through Skyscanner or Direct with the Airlines Themselves?
This varies. Sometimes Skyscanner has by far the best deals, sometimes booking direct with the airline can give you the best deal. Our best tip is to follow all of the tips on this page to find your best day, price, airline and route and then double check your price against the airline’s price. Etihad have given us better prices than Sykscanner recently, and also Wizz Air, Fly Dubai and Air Asia. Even if you end up booking direct with the airline, Skyscanner can still be a great research tool.
Using Skyscanner to Find the Best Deal on Car Hire or Rental
Yes, Skyscanner can also find you a great deal on car hire. Exactly the same principles apply.
We hope you’ve found our tips on using Skyscanner to find the best value flights useful. If you’d like more help with planning an extended trip, using flight prices from Skyscanner to determine destination and date, we have a post on planning a big trip. If your ambitions are bigger and you’d like to travel the world as we do, full time, we have our series on how to travel the world.