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How to find flash sale flights before they’re gone

There's always a race to find the best seats in the flash sales from BA, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair. Want to be first in line? Use these techniques for getting in on the best cheap airline tickets before anyone else.

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Tips for finding flash sale flights before they’re gone

1. Subscribe to Price Alerts for your route

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Price Alerts are a handy function you can set up on Skyscanner that will let you know when the price of a flight drops (this is what will happen during a flight sale!). Maybe you have a graduation or wedding to get to next month? Set up a Price Alert from your departure airport to your destination to see whether there’s a flight sale before you need to travel.

Look for the best time to book to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your destination.

2. Search by Country (not city or airport)

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Fancy going to Southeast Asia, and you’re looking for the cheapest place to start from? Or maybe you’re looking for flight sales to North America, but once again, you’re not picky whether it’s L.A or New York? Search by the country name instead of the city name to pick up any cheap airline tickets at the time. There are multiple airports in some cities, so searching by the city name can pick up flight sales you otherwise might have missed. For example, if you search for a cheap flight to London Heathrow, you might miss out on a cheap flight to London City or Stansted. Instead, search for a flight to London.

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3. Search across the whole month, not singular dates

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When you search using Skyscanner, you have the option to insert your dates, or you can search by month. If you’re travelling over summer, you can search for the cheapest flights over a singular month (July, for example). Alternatively, you can select ‘Cheapest Month’. This is particularly useful if you know you have to visit a cousin in Canada, and you’re looking for the cheapest time to travel.

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4. Use the Everywhere Search

Find the best flight sale flights with the Everywhere Search

Flexible about your destination and looking for a holiday? Use the Everywhere Search to scoop up the best deals from your departure airport. For example, you might be flying from Shannon Airport. Insert this into the From box on the search, and type ‘Flexible’ or ‘Everywhere’ into the To box. This will find the best deals from your local airport. Keep scrolling, as these are in price order. The first ones you see will usually be between €15-€30 to European countries, but if you scroll down a little, you might see flights to America or Asia for as little as €400-€500.

…and a bonus tip: Sign up to the right newsletters for quick updates

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By subscribing to the Skyscanner newsletter, you’ll get our deals delivered to your inbox. That allows you to jump on the cheapest ticket to Thailand before anyone else does! You can also expect severe cases of wanderlust once you learn of the cheap flights to Iceland and quaint little European towns too…

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Show off your new skills, search for flash sale flights today! 👇


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