If you have landed on this page, it is probably because you are looking for a way to find cheap travel options for your next vacation, or your next trip? Do you want to know how you can find a cheap flight to anywhere, without having a fixed destination? I’ve already mentioned this subject in my article on the best flight comparators and the one on the best tips for finding cheap airline tickets. Today, I would like to clarify the subject for you because it is, in my opinion, a crucial factor when planning your trip if you, like me, want to travel without breaking the bank!
In my experience all travellers ask themselves tons of questions when planning a trip: where can I find the cheapest airline ticket prices? Which low cost airlines should I book with? Which website compares airline ticket prices? Is Opodo better than Liligo, Edreams or Ebookers? Is it better to only book the flights or should I also book a car/hotel? Is a cheap ticket reliable? Is it better to use an online travel agency or a travel comparator? What about leaving my options open and taking a last-minute flight to anywhere? Is a cheap all-inclusive holiday good value for money? The questions are endless….
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I’m going to share one of my little secrets with you to help you discover new destinations at great prices. If you already know these secrets, good for you! The idea is to leave your options open and not to plan on a specific destination. Simply look for a long-haul flight, a low-cost flight, a direct flight or a flight with a stopover at the lowest price available. You’re going to say, “what do you mean? I’m not going to know where I’m going! But, I want to know!”
I’m not saying you have to go somewhere you don’t want to go, rest assured, I’m just saying that if you don’t have a specific destination in mind, you are much more likely to find better prices with airlines such as Airfrance, Ryanair, Air Caraïbes or British Airways to wherever you want to go. If you have a specific destination in mind; Bangkok, Mallorca, Lisbon, the Canary Islands, this plan isn’t for you, but if you’re happy to go to any of those places what does it matter?! It’s the same with the dates of your holidays, although I understand that many people can’t be flexible due to work commitments, etc.
So the idea is simple, you just book a cheap flight to anywhere in the world! You just have to be a little flexible about your options and you will certainly save money.
As far as the dates for your outbound and return flights are concerned, you once again have to leave your options open. The more specific your holiday dates are, the more expensive your flights are likely to be. There is nothing worse than saying; “I’m going to take a trip to Dubai from the 11th to the 19th of March flying with Emirates in economy class”, that will definitely cost you a small fortune!
Just bear in mind that if you can be flexible with your holiday dates, you will save yourself money.
So, if you can combine flexible dates with a flexible destination, you’ve hit the jackpot. You are in the best position to find your next destination at the cheapest price!
One of the ways you can find cheap flights with no specific destination in mind is to use flight comparators. Some of them allow you to make this kind of search, but be careful, I am talking about real comparator sites and not travel sites or tour operators such as Opodo, Edreams or Go travel. All these sites are linked to travel agencies or different airlines. I can’t imagine finding the best offers for international flights or low-cost flights with these types of agencies.
So, make sure that, if you travel a lot, you compare airline ticket prices using real comparators. To help you find your way around, flight comparators offer you flights for your requested destinations by comparing the price of the ticket on each of the other sites. They’re not trying to sell you anything and the proof is that once you’ve chosen your flight, you will always be redirected to one of the actual travel sites in order to buy your ticket. If you want to travel cheaper, this is something you should definitely know.
To my knowledge, there are three main comparators, which I know (very well), and these will find you the cheapest flights available: Skyscanner, Momondo and Kayak. It is possible that there are others, however, these are the best in my opinion for this type of travel.
I believe these are the 3 best known and the ones that I have used the most.
Have a quick look at the three flight comparators, and what they have to offer for this type of travel.
his is the one I use the most. I believe I have been buying tickets through this flight comparator for more than 10 years. It is the one I recommend above all for this method of travelling. Shall I explain why?
First, go to the Skyscanner website. Next, after you’ve entered your place of departure you must enter a place of arrival, here you can either choose a city, or, better still, a country only. For example, you can find last-minute flights to Thailand, Cuba, Frankfurt or Miami. That’s not too bad, however, wouldn’t it be interesting to search for flights further a field, from Europe to the West Indies, for example.?!
Then in the “destination box”, simply click on “can’t decide where?, click here to search everywhere”.
As for your departure and return dates, Skyscanner also offers the most flexibility here. Although you can of course choose a fixed date in a specific month, the great thing about Skyscanner is that you can search for a specific month but with no fixed date within that month.
You will then be given a list of results, classified in ascending order of price. All you have to do is choose the place you are interested in and then pick from the available dates for that price. It would be interesting, perhaps, to be able to set a budget and then to only see the flights available at the specific price you want to pay.
The pros : Possibility to search by country of departure rather than being obligated to choose a specific airport. Very useful for finding the cheapest flights on the cheapest dates.
The cons : No possibility to set a budget with this type of search and impossible to choose a continent (If anyone from Skyscanner comes by, it would be nice to add these options!!)
I have already given my review of Skyscanner in a full dedicated article!
Kayak is also a comparator which helps you find cheap flights to anywhere!
The principle is basically the same but the options are a bit different with Kayak.
First go to the kayak website. Here you can either enter a departure city or a country. The difference here is that, unlike with Skyscanner, you are forced to choose an airport (4 at most), which is not very handy if you are able to move to another town in the country, for instance, to take a cheaper flight to your future destination.
Regarding the dates, it’s typically by date, month, or anytime. There is also the option of choosing by season i.e. spring 2020, but I’m not really sure if that works out to be the cheapest option!
The results are given in the form of a map, which is visually quite nice. However, if you set a budget, you will have difficulty knowing where the cheapest destinations are. There are a lot of price tags displayed on the map but the lowest prices are not always obvious, which is unfortunate. However the option of limiting your budget is useful.
The pros : Possibility to limit the budget, the display on the map is visually nice.
The cons : No possibility to set a departure country (with all airports) nor to set “prices on the cheapest dates”.
Momondo is the last comparator I’m aware of for finding cheap flights to anywhere.
The option on Momondo is called Tripfinder. Several innovative features exist on the site, but some of them are, in my opinion, a bit disappointing.
- Discover: a very interesting feature for those who already know what sort of holiday they are looking for (beach, mountain) but don’t know where to go. A very good idea.
- Anywhere: Once again a great option as you can go anywhere in the world, and what’s more, you can choose the cheapest flights to any continent (Ex: Indian Ocean, South America). Impossible on the 2 other comparators, something that they are both sorely lacking, in my opinion.
- Anytime: la classic here, per month or anytime i.e. sometime in 2020 (but is that the cheapest option?).
- My budget: Another very good option, also found on Kayak, which gives you the possibility of setting a budget limit. This allows you to plan your trip with complete peace of mind by eliminating all expensive flights.
The results are displayed on a map or in a list with pictures of the destinations offered. The rendering is very good and you even have the possibility to sort the selection by type of trip (chic, romantic, etc.). This is a small detail, but one that offers you ideas for cheap getaways according to your desires. For example, if you click on “beaches”, you will be offered last minute flights to Fort de France, the Dominican Republic or the Balearics. On the other hand, by choosing “cities”, flights from Paris to New York, Paris to London or Paris to Barcelona are available.
A major disadvantage, in my opinion, which is not obvious at first glance, is the starting place. You are limited to 15 countries of departure (true at the time of writing this article) and you are obliged to set an airport, which oddly enough is very limiting. It’s impossible, for example, for me to know the cheapest flights from Paris when done this way.
The only alternative from this is to go back to the home page of the site, and return to Paris in the starting city and put ” anywhere-see where you can go with your budget”. Unfortunately in this case, you are obliged to set precise dates by the day, which obviously takes away your choice of the cheapest flights. So it’s a great pity.
Here are some general tips and advice on how to find a cheap flight. I apply them almost all the time when on my travels.
- The price of flights often varies from month to month, and sometimes by the day of the week. Do not hesitate to compare flights several times before booking. You can often reserve the best flight 3 to 4 weeks before departure,
- If you are looking for a cheap flight to go on holiday, be flexible with your flight schedules. with some airlines, it may be more advantageous to leave very early in the morning but with others it may be late at night. The departure time is therefore quite important.
- Some low-cost airlines provide cheap travel from several cities which are not usually considered when planning a departure. These are the secondary airports, which are often limited in air traffic, but whose prices remain unbeatable. If you want to fly from Paris (for example), instead of flying out of Roissy or Orly, you can go to Beauvais airport to find a cheaper flight than usual. A trip to somewhere else in Europe then becomes very economical!
- Even though it has never been officially proven, the location of your search can be tracked and flights can then increase as a result of several searches from the same destination. This is known as “ip tracking”. Doing a private browsing search would limit this problem!
- To pay less for your flights, consider making more stops and increasing your flight time,
- On some regular airlines (Air France, Air Tahiti Nui) and some other airlines which offer low-cost flights (e.g. XL airways, hop air france, Jet air, etc.), leaving with checked baggage will cost you more. So why not do as I often do and take one piece of hand luggage only.
- To find a cheap holiday in the sun or to go skiing at a lower cost, do you know the trick of booking flights to your next destination at night? I have tested this several times and it’s true, the prices are lower at night (sometimes with more options).
These three flight comparators are among the best known and most efficient on the market today, at least to my knowledge. So, when using the method, I’ve talked about in this article for finding a cheap flight, my first recommendation is Skyscanner. Despite the fact that you cannot define a specific budget limit, they offer the most help for finding a cheap flight regardless of the destination! Buying tickets with them is so easy, it’s almost child’s play…
Kayak also works very well, despite not being able to specify a country of departure, which obviously limits your search a little.
Momondo is for me, the least efficient when booking flights using this method as it’s impossible to select more than a few countries and starting cities. Which is very limiting!
Well, there you are, I hope you liked this article and that you now have a better idea of how to find cheap flights to anywhere you want to go! Do you know any other techniques for finding cheap tickets without specific destinations? I’m curious to hear about them!
Don’t forget to enjoy the experience of looking for a flight, it’s actually quite exciting, isn’t it!? Did you know that there are many ways to travel cheaply?
N’oubliez pas de profiter de ce bon moment de recherche de billet, c’est finalement assez sympa non ? Vous saviez d’ailleurs qu’il existe pas mal d’astuces pour voyager moins cher ?
Have a good trip everyone,