It is fairly well known that the best way to save money is by searching for flexible flights on flexible dates. Airfare prices can vary drastically from one day to the next so by searching on surrounding dates there is a high chance you could land yourself a great flight deal.
We show you some examples of how such flexible prices can vary and then present the best sources of acquiring flexible flight deals.
We tested 2 flight routes – both departing from New York in the USA. Our simple demonstration aims to show how you could save lots of money if you search for the same route on surrounding dates.
We used our unique meta-meta flight search to extract results comparing different search engine prices on multiple different days.
Here are our results:
Departing from New York to London for a summer vacation leaving on the 16th of August and returning on the 28th of August 2016.
We then compared that with surrounding dates to see how much we could shave off the price.
Fixed date =$771
flying with Iceland Air from the 16th to the 28th August 2016
Flexible flights =$608
flying with Swiss air and Canada from 17th to the 27th of August 2016
We can see from the above example that if you searched for flights a day after and arrive a day earlier you can save $163.
That is a total saving of $652 if you were booking flights for a family of four…
Departing from New York to Rio de Janeiro leaving on the 30th of January and returning on the 4th of February 2016.
Fixed date = $1280
flying from the 30th January to the 4th of February 2016
Flexible flights = $889
flying from the 29th of January and returning on the 5th of February 2016
Once again you can see with this example that if you were to leave a day earlier and return one day later you could make a massive saving of $291.
This would amount to a total saving of $1,164 for a family of four…
The question you may be asking yourself after seeing this demonstration is how we went about finding these flexible flights?
Well, to be able to find these amazing flight deals you need to know the best tools to use. With that in mind, we now present to you the best flight search engines with the most powerful flexible date flight search options.
Skyscanner allows you to browse flight deals to worldwide destinations found by other users of the site. You can choose to search by the month or the cheapest flight in the entire year. The only downside is that flights are only available if a user has searched for that route before. They are very good at showing surrounding dates with an easy to understand and select flight graph.
Kayak’s explore tool shows you cheap flights found by other users in the last 48 hours. It is a good place to browse flight ideas and surrounding dates. The downside is that they only display prices found by other people and don’t have a comprehensive database to draw upon. Also on occasion, the flight price may have changed due to rapidly changing airfare pricing.
The Momondo search engine shows a handy graph as soon as you search for a flight. This makes it easy to see flights before or after your chosen flight dates. It can sometimes be inaccurate as once again the graph is user generated.
Google flights (currently only serving US and Canada departures), is probably one of the most powerful flexible date flight finders online. It instantly shows you pricing on dates before and after your flight upon pressing the graph button. The only downside is that Google prices can oftentimes be beaten by another aggregator. We would suggest using their flexible flight option to locate good times to fly then proceed to search for flights on those exact same dates via multiple different flight aggregators.
In conclusion - FlightsFinder has developed the most powerful flexible flight search of all because we search multiple meta-search engines.
Our website allows you to search up to 3 days before and after your chosen travel dates, or select the entire month to find the cheapest day to fly. We also have an option of checking the cheapest flight in the entire year locating flights at rock bottom prices.
Not only that but our powerful flight dashboard searches every one of the sites mentioned above in seconds - i.e - Skyscanner, Kayak, Momondo, Kiwi.com, Cheapflights, JetRadar and more.
After we show you a calendar of estimated prices we then take you to a dashboard where you can compare all of the best meta-search sites in seconds. Making our search one of the most powerful flexible flight searches on the planet.
We highly recommend trying it on your next flight if you have the option of flying on different days.
Happy searching! try our flexible flight search now!