Post # 1
Hello! I live in France and would like to visit my family in Canada for about a month this summer. However, I want it to do it the cheapest way possible. I think that flying out of Paris is the most economical, it being a big airport (right)? However, I need tips on how to choose my travel dates….perhaps there is a ‘magic’ combination to get the prices down. While I search for flights I’m only able to select ‘my dates are flexible’ which gives wiggle room of three days. Does anyone know a way to search on a longer timeframe in order to find the cheapest options? I am VERY flexible, I don’t even care if it takes 30 hours to arrive (like one flight I just saw).
Tips, tricks, search engines…anything helps! So far the cheapest I’ve found is Paris-Halifax, NS. for 883 euros. (I do want to fly into Halifax…however Quebec might make it cheaper, but the travel time and cost to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick might negate any savings there…)
Any help would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
Mid-week flights tend to be cheaper (like Tuesday and Wednesday). Really early morning departures also cost a little less.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy
Find a site that gives you a months worth of flight prices on a calandar so that you can compare. Skyscanner.net is one of my faves
Post # 5
@FrenchNewlyWed: kayak.com allows you to search multiple airlines at once. It also lets you choose options like “+1 day before/after” and “weekends in the given month”. It will then sort everything by price and you can just pick the one you want.
Post # 6
Do your search on Wednesdays and Thursdays – as in, today is Thursday so it’s a good day to search for flights.. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it always seems like flights are cheaper on those days.
Also, be sure to clear you cookies. Apparently search engines can remember that you already searched for those flights and will increase the prices.
Post # 7
check out skyscanner.com – use it constantly between europe and canada. it finds the cheapest fares for you from a variety of airports and for a variety of times 🙂
Post # 8
Like PP said, mid-week flights are cheaper. Also BOOK the actual flight Monday-Wednesday as those are when airlines publish their sales on websites. Prices for the same flight could very by a few hundred dollars between a Friday night and a Monday morning. The earlier you fly in the summer will also be better. You will get the best deal if you stay from May until June, but if that is not possible then flying in June is usually a lot cheaper than flying in July.
Post # 9
As others have said, book for weekdays – Monday throught Thursday. I use bookingbuddy.com to compare different airline prices.
@RunsWithBears: Apparently search engines can remember that you already searched for those flights and will increase the prices.
Whoa, that’s messed up!
Post # 10
“fly.com” is what you need. It give cheapest fare of the month to upto 3 months in advance. plus it compare all tickets sites/ airlines.
Post # 11
I know that for cheap airlines, it is best to book 10 weeks before departure. That’s when prices are at their lowest!
Post # 12
Thanks a lot for the all the advice:) Skyscanner is pretty cool for long term planning.However, things might change as I start a new job and will have to stay here for now. However, hope this helps others too!