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Be flexible in your travel plans in order to get the lowest fare.
The best deals may be limited to travel on certain days of the week (often Tuesday through Thursday, or Friday night through Sunday morning) or particular hours of the day (e.g., late-night departures). This applies to each of your flights, not just the first flight in your itinerary. After you get a fare quote, ask the reservations agent if you could save even more by flying a day earlier or later, or by taking a different flight on the same day. Or simply ask the agent what the lowest fare is, and what you need to do to qualify for it.

Discount seats are usually “blacked out” during holiday periods. However, you might be able to get a discount fare if you fly on the holiday itself (e.g., New Year’s Day).

Plan as far ahead as you can.
Most airlines set aside only a few seats on many desirable flights at the lower rates. The real best bargains often sell out very quickly. On the other hand, if a particular flight is not selling as well as expected, air carriers sometimes make more discount seats available for a particular flight just before the advance-purchase deadline expires. For example, if the lowest fare has a 21-day advance-purchase requirement but is sold out for most dates, and you can go any time, ask about fare availability on flights 21 or 22 days from when you call.

While planning ahead is a good general rule, if you can bide your time you might encounter a “fare sale.” Many airlines put seats on sale for brief periods several times a year (although you usually can purchase tickets for flights weeks or months after the end of the sale period). It is difficult to predict when these sales will occur, although they often fall during times when people are less likely to buy airline tickets (e.g. early autumn or right immediately after New Years).

Always check on alternate airports and routings when pricing a ticket.
In a large metropolitan area, the fare could depend on which airport you use. For example, if you are going to Southeast Florida and plan to rent a car, it might not make much difference if you fly to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, except for ticket price. Also, a connection (change of planes) or a one-stop flight is sometimes cheaper than a nonstop.

Check also low-cost airlines.
Look into all airlines that serve the market you are interested in, including low-cost carriers that offer low fares. Many times the major carriers will match the fares of a low-cost airline between the same cities; but often this will only be for a certain limited number of seats on each flight. On a low-cost carrier, find out what you get for your money: baggage transfers from one carrier to another, meals, advance seat assignments, etc. Note that small airlines sometimes have only one flight per day in many markets, and they frequently will not reroute you on another airline if your flight is canceled or delayed. In such cases you may have to wait until the next day to fly.

Ask about all restrictions on your fare.
Typical requirements for discount fares include purchasing a round-trip ticket, buying the ticket a certain number of days before departure (e.g., for many fares, at least 14 or 21 days before you leave), purchasing the ticket within 24 hours of making a reservation, staying over a Saturday night, traveling during a certain time of the year, staying no more than 30 days, and, as discussed below, refund/change restrictions.

Ask about your ability to change or cancel your flight if you need to. Even if you get sick, you cannot assume you will get a refund. In fact, most discount tickets now are non-refundable, but can be applied toward the purchase of other tickets on the same carrier. You must usually pay an administrative charge and any difference between the fares for the old and new flights when you do this.

Deals, charter fares, promotions, discounts, …..
Consider using a travel agent. Agents usually do not charge a fee (they get a commission from the airline), and they can tell you about “consolidators” and other sources of discounted seats that are not available directly from the airline. However, consolidator seats can have even more severe restrictions than the airlines’ own deep-discount fares, particularly if the flight is delayed or canceled. A few travel agents sometimes have access to special deals with a particular airline (either discounts or extra services). If you are flying to a popular foreign destination, or to Las Vegas or Hawaii, ask the travel agent about Public Charters. These charters sometimes offer lower fares, but again with significant restrictions that are spelled out in an operator/participant contract that you should review carefully.

Ask the travel agent if the city where you live or the city where you are going is an airline “hub.” If it is, fares may be higher than for flights to other nearby cities because of reduced competition. Someone who lives at a hub might save money by leaving from another nearby city, even if they end up connecting through the hub to get to their destination.

A number of airlines send e-mail messages every week to receive notification of last-minute fare specials for departures within the next few days. See the airlines’ World Wide Web sites for information about these programs, or call their reservations line. (Do not assume that an airline reservation agent or travel agent will be aware of the fares offered to e-mail subscribers.)

Many airlines offer a seniors discount off any fare to travelers over a certain age. In addition, some carriers offer bereavement and emergency illness fares with varying documentation requirements and discounts.

If you are a member of an airline’s frequent-flyer program and you are considering buying a promotional or deep-discount fare, ask if that fare will earn frequent-flyer miles.

After you buy your ticket, you may wish to call the airline or travel agent once or twice before departure to confirm your reservations and check the fare. Fares change all the time, and if that same fare goes down before you fly, some airlines will refund the difference. But you have to ask.

 

The cheapest airline tickets worldwide:

Origin - DestinationDeparture atReturn atFind tickets
Tashkent ↔ Samarkand30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 29
Arkhangelsk ↔ Yaroslavl28 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 29
Samarkand ↔ Namangan30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 33
Volgograd ↔ Mineralnye Vody28 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 36
Sovetskaya Gavan ↔ Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 36
Kaluga ↔ Mineralnye Vody29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 37
Moscow ↔ Pskov29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 38
Pskov ↔ Moscow29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 41
Kazan ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 42
Tashkent ↔ Karshi30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 47
Moscow ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 48
Moscow ↔ Kazan29 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 48
Tallinn ↔ Paris29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 48
Barnaul ↔ Novosibirsk29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 48
Ufa ↔ Astrakhan29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 49
Saint Petersburg ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 49
Kaliningrad ↔ Pskov30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 50
Penang ↔ Kuala Lumpur30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 51
Arkhangelsk ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 51
Fergana ↔ Tashkent29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 51
Khon Kaen ↔ Bangkok30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 53
Ufa ↔ Samara30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 53
Samara ↔ Ufa30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 54
Pskov ↔ Kaliningrad30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 54
Ankara ↔ Istanbul29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 54
Istanbul ↔ Ankara29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 54
Naberezhnye Chelny ↔ Nizhnevartovsk30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 54
Tashkent ↔ Bukhara30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 54
Dublin ↔ London30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 55
Saint Petersburg ↔ Kazan29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 55
Kazan ↔ Moscow29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 55
Bangkok ↔ Udon Thani29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 57
Novosibirsk ↔ Tomsk29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 57
Samara ↔ Saint Petersburg28 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 58
Preobrazheniye ↔ Vladivostok29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 58
Ulyanovsk ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 60
Nha Trang ↔ Ho Chi Minh City30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 61
London ↔ Dublin30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 61
Zanzibar ↔ Dar Es Salaam29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 62
Ufa ↔ Moscow29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 63
Moscow ↔ Ufa29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 63
Almaty ↔ Taraz30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 63
Kuala Lumpur ↔ Langkawi28 Nov 202229 Nov 2022From 63
Warsaw ↔ London30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 63
Bukhara ↔ Tashkent30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 65
Antalya ↔ Adana30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 65
Pskov ↔ Adler/Sochi29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 65
Yekaterinburg ↔ Ufa30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 65
Novosibirsk ↔ Gorno-Altaysk29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 66
Delhi ↔ Jaipur30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 66
Istanbul ↔ Kayseri29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 66
Shakhtyorsk ↔ Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk28 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 66
Gorno-Altaysk ↔ Novosibirsk29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 66
Hanoi ↔ Nha Trang29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 66
Moscow ↔ Ulyanovsk29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 67
Moscow ↔ Tambov30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 67
Tambov ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 67
Tyumen ↔ Yekaterinburg30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 68
Yekaterinburg ↔ Tyumen30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 68
Kostanay ↔ Astana30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 68
Karaganda ↔ Zhezkazgan29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 68
Saint Petersburg ↔ Kaliningrad29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 68
Istanbul ↔ Konya28 Nov 202229 Nov 2022From 68
Namangan ↔ Tashkent30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 69
Minsk ↔ Moscow29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 69
Tomsk ↔ Novosibirsk30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 69
Kayseri ↔ Istanbul29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 69
Moscow ↔ Minsk29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 69
Kaliningrad ↔ Saint Petersburg29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 70
Vladivostok ↔ Kavalerovo30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 71
Saint Petersburg ↔ Ufa30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 72
Bangkok ↔ Phuket30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 72
Tashkent ↔ Fergana29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 72
Moscow ↔ Yekaterinburg29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 73
Yekaterinburg ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 74
Adler/Sochi ↔ Kaluga30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 74
Samarkand ↔ Tashkent30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 74
Antalya ↔ Izmir30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 74
Izmir ↔ Istanbul29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 75
Ufa ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 75
Manila ↔ Caticlan29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 75
Antalya ↔ Ankara29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 76
Vienna ↔ Warsaw30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 76
Arkhangelsk ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 76
Moscow ↔ Volgograd30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 76
Yekaterinburg ↔ Saint Petersburg29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 77
Mineralnye Vody ↔ Saransk30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 77
Milan ↔ Lappeenranta30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 77
Moscow ↔ Samara30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 78
Barcelona ↔ Porto29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 78
Kazan ↔ Samara29 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 78
Tyumen ↔ Perm30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 78
Dublin ↔ Milan30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 78
Ufa ↔ Yekaterinburg29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 78
Magnitogorsk ↔ Mineralnye Vody29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 79
Istanbul ↔ Antalya30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 80
Samara ↔ Kazan29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 80
Moscow ↔ Kaliningrad29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 80
Astana ↔ Almaty29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 81
Antalya ↔ Kayseri29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 82
Istanbul ↔ Trabzon29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 82
Bangkok ↔ Hat Yai30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 82
Singapore ↔ Kuala Lumpur30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 82
Nizhniy Novgorod ↔ Orenburg30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 82
Bangkok ↔ Chiang Mai29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 83
Murmansk ↔ Nizhniy Novgorod30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 83
Krasnokamensk ↔ Chita30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 83
Moscow ↔ Arkhangelsk29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 83
Saint Petersburg ↔ Samara30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 83
Surgut ↔ Moscow29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 83
Saint Petersburg ↔ Minsk30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 84
Bangkok ↔ Krabi30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 84
Trabzon ↔ Istanbul30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 84
Istanbul ↔ Dalaman30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 84
Omsk ↔ Novokuznetsk30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 84
Denpasar ↔ Surabaya29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 84
Moscow ↔ Saratov30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 84
Venice ↔ Paris30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 85
Moscow ↔ Cheboksary29 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 85
Almaty ↔ Shymkent29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 86
Tyumen ↔ Omsk30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 86
Surgut ↔ Khanty-Mansiysk30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 86
Nha Trang ↔ Hanoi29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 86
Khanty-Mansiysk ↔ Surgut30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 86
Barcelona ↔ Madrid30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 87
Cheboksary ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 87
Moscow ↔ Petrozavodsk30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 87
Almaty ↔ Astana30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 87
Petrozavodsk ↔ Moscow28 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 87
Osh ↔ Bishkek29 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 88
Bishkek ↔ Osh30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 88
Istanbul ↔ Nevsehir28 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 88
Tomsk ↔ Krasnojarsk30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 88
Krasnojarsk ↔ Irkutsk29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 89
Dalaman ↔ Istanbul30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 89
Moscow ↔ Surgut30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 89
Nukus ↔ Tashkent29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 90
Saint Petersburg ↔ Cheboksary30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 90
Cheboksary ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 90
Antalya ↔ Istanbul29 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 91
Kazan ↔ Tomsk30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 91
Minsk ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 91
Phuket ↔ Bangkok29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 91
Nice ↔ Barcelona30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 91
Arkhangelsk ↔ Syktyvkar30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 91
Paphos ↔ Marseille30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 91
Mineralnye Vody ↔ Adler/Sochi29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 91
Warsaw ↔ Vienna29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 91
Krasnojarsk ↔ Novosibirsk30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 92
Bangkok ↔ Chiang Rai30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 92
Perm ↔ Moscow29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 92
Moscow ↔ Perm29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 92
Saratov ↔ Adler/Sochi29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 92
Izmir ↔ Ankara30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 92
Adler/Sochi ↔ Saratov29 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 93
Samara ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 93
Tyumen ↔ Saint Petersburg29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 94
Saint Petersburg ↔ Tyumen30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 94
Alicante ↔ Barcelona28 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 94
Volgograd ↔ Moscow30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 94
Adler/Sochi ↔ Yekaterinburg30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 95
Moscow ↔ Tyumen30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 95
Bogota ↔ Cartagena30 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 95
Barcelona ↔ Valencia28 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 95
Irkutsk ↔ Krasnojarsk29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 95
Diyarbakir ↔ Istanbul29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 96
Krasnojarsk ↔ Tomsk29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 96
Warsaw ↔ Gdansk30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 96
Milan ↔ Warsaw29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 96
Perm ↔ Makhachkala30 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 96
Kazan ↔ Nizhniy Novgorod30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 97
Saint Petersburg ↔ Yekaterinburg29 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 97
Saint Petersburg ↔ Kirov29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 97
Kirov ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 97
Tashkent ↔ Urgench29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 97
Atyrau ↔ Aktau30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 98
Arkhangelsk ↔ Mineralnye Vody28 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 98
Ordu ↔ Istanbul30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 98
Naberezhnye Chelny ↔ Moscow29 Nov 20225 Dec 2022From 99
Bangkok ↔ Ho Chi Minh City30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 99
Nizhniy Novgorod ↔ Moscow29 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 99
Moscow ↔ Nizhniy Novgorod30 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 99
Nizhniy Novgorod ↔ Murmansk30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 99
Saint Petersburg ↔ Saratov30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 99
Saratov ↔ Saint Petersburg29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022From 99
Istanbul ↔ Adana29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 100
Zagreb ↔ Podgorica29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 100
Saint Petersburg ↔ Kaluga29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 100
Perm ↔ Tyumen30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 100
Adana ↔ Istanbul29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 100
Ulyanovsk ↔ Mineralnye Vody28 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 100
Goa ↔ Mumbai30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 101
Astrakhan ↔ Saint Petersburg29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 101
Volgograd ↔ Saint Petersburg30 Nov 20226 Dec 2022From 101
Saint Petersburg ↔ Astrakhan29 Nov 20223 Dec 2022From 101
Izmir ↔ Antalya28 Nov 202229 Nov 2022From 101
Saint Petersburg ↔ Arkhangelsk30 Nov 20224 Dec 2022From 101
Kuala Lumpur ↔ Phuket30 Nov 20221 Dec 2022From 101
Ho Chi Minh City ↔ Kuala Lumpur29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022From 102

 

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