The number one travel goal I told myself I’d reach this year is seeing the northern lights (aka Aurora Borealis). I thought for sure I’d be going to Iceland to see them but a $300 RT flight from Orlando to Oslo convinced me to chase them in Norway instead.
Cheap flights aren’t that hard to find if you’re using the right tools and you can probably find a flight to your dream destination for cheaper than you think. If you’re wondering how I found such a cheap transatlantic flight or how I find cheap flights in general, the answer is Google Flights! Here are three ways you can easily save on airfare using Google Flights.
How to Find Cheap Flights with Google Flights
When you first visit google.com/flights, you’ll see the Discover Destinations section. This is particularly useful if you have dates in mind but aren’t sure where to go.
Using the Explore Map, you can peek at prices for flights to nearby areas. This is helpful if you’d like to go to California but aren’t really set on the city. Come on, I can’t be the only one who picks destinations based on flight cost.
I confess. I have had 40+ flight trackers running at once (I only have 11 now, OK?). If you have your heart set on a date and/or destination but aren’t ready to book, flight trackers are for you! You can set a tracker for a specific flight or you can set it to track the cheapest flight to your destination on set dates. Google Flights will email you every time the price of your trip changes. Also, once your tracker has run for a while, you’ll see a price history chart.
Google Flights is my favorite way to save money on flights. It makes it so easy to make knowledgeable and budget-friendly travel decisions. It even provides money-saving tips by letting you know if you’ll save a chunk of cash by flying into a different airport or flying in/out on a different day. <3 you, Google! This year alone, I've scored some seriously good deals out of MCO thanks to the googs, including:
Kauai, Hawaii – $570
London, UK – $545
Oslo, Norway – $300
Chicago, IL – $70
(Yes, these are all roundtrip flights and include taxes and fees.)
So, what are you waiting for? Get to traveling (and saving)!! Can’t wait to hear what you book!
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