How to get cheap domestic flights

In order to find cheap domestic flights, you have to book wisely. The domestic flight market is a competitive one, so there are bargains to be had if you know where to look. This guide will share some lesser known tips for getting domestic flights at low or discount prices.

Being flexible can help you to pick up cheap domestic flights. If you are flexible with your travel date or your departure or arrival airport, you could save a bundle.

We all know that you should book flights in advance to get the best deals, but did you know that some sites allow you to compare air fares over the duration of a whole month? On skyscanner.com, for example, you can input the month that you want to travel and the engine will return the cheapest fares for your route during that month.

Unfortunately, most of us don't have the luxury of being flexible with our travel dates. If this is the case, you still might find a bargain by flying at a less desirable time of day - such as very early in the morning or late in the evening.

Could you fly into a neighbouring airport, or depart from an airport in the next city? For example, instead of flying from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport to Belfast City Airport, could you fly from the East Midlands Airport to Belfast International Airport? The money you save could more than compensate for the extra time you spend travelling.

To keep your options, use city codes rather than airport names when searching for flights e.g. LON for London, rather than London Heathrow (LHR) or London Gatwick (LGW).

Remember that if you are travelling with a budget airline, those little extras can quickly add up and those seemingly cheap domestic flights may turn out to be not so much of a bargain after all. You can often save a significant amount of money by travelling with cabin baggage only, for example.

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