Secrets to Finding Cheap Flights
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Secrets to Finding Cheap Flights

Learn proven strategies to find and book great flight deals
3.8 (219 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,361 students enrolled
Created by Justin Bachus
Last updated 5/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To find the cheapest airfare for a particular destination or range of dates.
  • To know when the best time to buy your ticket is and when you should wait.
  • To understand the complexities and myths of airfare pricing and how to use this information to reduce the cost of your flight.
  • To read and understand fare rules to maximize your time and travel dollar.
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Requirements
  • Internet access and a web browser.
Description

Whether you have a specific trip in mind or just want to fit more travel into your busy life and limited budget, this course will provide detailed instructions for finding and booking the best flight deals for your trip.

We will start off with easy tips and tools that you can put to use immediately to cut the cost of your airfare. After that, we will dive deeper into the technical components of airfare pricing, decode the terminology, and apply this knowledge to real-life scenarios.

Detailed screencasts with step-by-step instructions to specific scenarios will provide a template for you to apply to your specific trip idea. I will even uncover some controversial techniques that airlines don't want you to know, and the possible pitfalls of these techniques.

No prior knowledge is needed to begin this course, and after completion, you will know more than many travel and airline agents! But be careful - after applying these strategies and sharing your results with friends and family, they may demand your help!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in saving money on their next flight.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Quick start!
8 Lectures 20:55
Welcome to the course!
04:44

General tips for when to purchase your ticket, when the cheapest times to fly are, and general provisions of domestic and international tickets.

General guidelines for finding the best price
1 page

General tips for when to purchase your ticket, when the cheapest times to fly are, how often prices change, when to buy, and general provisions of domestic and international tickets.

When to buy your ticket
04:48

Using Google Flights to find the best price when neither your dates not destination are flexible.

Finding the best price with fixed dates and destination flexibility
03:33

Using Google Flights to find the cheapest days to fly to a particular destination.

Finding the best price for a specific destination and flexible dates
03:24

Using ITA Matrix to search for the cheapest dates within a given month and trip duration.

Flexible date search using ITA Matrix
02:17

Where to look for great flight deals when you don't care where or when you go.

Finding great deals when you're completely flexible
01:21

What we learned in section 1 and where to go from here.

Section 1 Wrap up
00:48

Test your knowledge of what you've learned so far.

Section 1 Quiz
6 questions
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How does airfare pricing work? Deconstructing a ticket...
3 Lectures 11:41

The technical details of what components determine the price you pay for a ticket.

The components of your ticket
01:46

Defining tricky ticketing terms.

Terminology defined
02:59

Now that we know goes into pricing a ticket, let's build that price from the bottom-up.

Constructing a flight from the components
06:56
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Reading the fare or tariff rules
1 Lecture 07:37

You can't win the game if you don't know the rules! Here, we'll go over where you can find the fare rules for a ticket, what each section means, and how you can take advantage of this information.

Finding, reading, and understanding the fare rules
07:37
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Putting it all together
3 Lectures 13:07

In this example, we take a look at a real situation where a stopover was added in the passenger's home city to save $600 on a one-way flight.

Las Vegas - Dallas example
04:00

In this example, I show how you can use layovers to get up to 24 hours in intermediate cities along the way.

Maximizing transfers for a European Tour
04:43

In this example, I show how you can see whether a stopover is allowed on a flight you're interested in booking, and how to find the exact flights you'll need to book to make it work.

How to book a stopover
04:24
About the Instructor
Justin Bachus
3.8 Average rating
219 Reviews
4,361 Students
1 Course
Flight Deal Expert

I was bitten by the travel bug in 2008 when I made a resolution to visit a new place each month. After that, I decided to quit my job and move to New Zealand for 6 months in 2009. Upon returning, I started researching how to reduce the cost of my biggest travel expense: airfare. I studied, experimented, and participated in numerous online forums, and became the flight expert for my family and friends. To share my knowledge, I started an airfare deals blog for where I live, and I've created this course to show you how to creatively find great deals on airfare.

Last year alone, I flew over 60,000 miles to seven countries, on 44 flights, for a grand total of $1,274.82. This course will show you how to get results just like that.