How to Get Cheap Flights out of Singapore
Caught the travel bug and itching to travel for the upcoming holidays?
Well the bad news is that it is almost certainly too late to get
cheap air tickets and you will probably do better substituting it
with a road trip to Malaysia if you are on a tight budget. Instead
of belating your luck, here are some ways on how you can beat the
crowd in future and get cheap flights out of Singapore.
Subscribe to Airlines Newsletters and Facebook Pages
Both budget and mainstream airlines regularly send emails to their
newsletter subscribers about their latest promotional fares. By
signing up for their newsletters, you will have first-hand information
on promotional fares. In fact, many budget airlines usually only
provide promotional fares on a first-come-first-serve basis and
their cheapest fares usually get sold out within hours. Comparatively,
mainstream airlines promotional fares can last for months but their
cheapest deals usually get sold out within weeks. Those who do not
read their emails daily can opt for subscribing to various airlines
Facebook pages instead.
Book your Budget Airlines Tickets at Least 2 Months in
The cheapest flight tickets are usually provided by your regular
budget airlines and the best time to purchase them is normally at
least 3 months in advance (9 months if you are looking to purchase
popular long weekend dates). The closer you get to your travel date,
the more expensive budget airlines tickets become. It is not uncommon
to see budget airline tickets being more expensive than mainstream
airline tickets when you book for travel dates that are less than
2 weeks away.
Don't Book your Mainstream Airlines more than 9 Months
Unlike budget airlines, mainstream airlines tickets are usually
more expensive when you book too early. The fact is mainstream airlines
usually only push out their promotional fares 3 to 9 months before
the actual flight dates and booking earlier than that means you
have to pay a premium to confirm your seat on the flight you wanted.
The smarter way to do it is to shortlist the airlines you want to
fly on and look out for their promotional fares via email or Facebook.
Book a Package or Flight with an Online Travel Agency
Online travel agencies like Expedia,
can provide package deals for airfares and hotels at lower prices
as compared to booking them seperately. These agencies allow users
to customise their packages with the hotels and airlines of their
choice and can also offer cheaper deals for car rentals. Travel
agencies like CheapTickets.sg
also regularly offer promotions and discounts for flights and travellers
can actually purchase cheaper flights on these websites as compared
to booking directly with the airlines.
Scan for Cheap Flights using Airfares Comparison Websites
Airfares comparison websites like Skyscanner
and are able to scan and list cheap airfares across the web. Furthermore,
they also list various other routes you can consider taking using
indirect flights. However, these third-party websites tend to include
mainly results from larger airlines and skip out on promotional
fares altogether. This might limit their usefulness somehow but
they can still help to narrow down the options to your holiday destination.
Utilise your Hidden Air Miles
Are you a frequent flyer who has been accumulating air miles for
work? Booking highly sought-after long-weekend air tickets is a
good way to utilise those air miles. Those who do not fly frequently
but spend a lot on their credit cards can also consider changing
their credit card reward points for air miles (See How
Much to Spend for Free Flight Redemptions). Singapore Airlines
regularly offer 30% miles redemption discount for the following
month's flights under KrisFlyer
Spontaneous Escapes and it is a good idea to check it out if
you are looking for good deals. It is also possible to purchase
points in Hotel loyalty programs such as Starwoods
to exchange for air miles. Other lesser known options include using
Shell Escape Points, Esso Smiles Points, M1 SunPerks Points, PAssion
Tap For More Points, Club21 Points, Changi Reward Points, Chope
Dollars or even GrabRewards Points to exhcnage for KrisFlyer air
Do also take note that there are a limited number of tickets on
each flight that can be redeemed using air miles and it will be
strongly advisable to redeem them early.
Be Flexible with your Travel Dates
Lastly, one can save considerably by being flexible with the dates
of the flights. School holidays, long weekends and public holidays
are usually more expensive (and crowded) than ordinary weekdays
and should be avoided if possible. Flying midweek when everyone
else is working usually offers the cheapest flights. You should
always play around with the dates that you fly and it is highly
possible that you can save up to 50% easily.