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The search has begun! Mazatlan is on the horizon, and now it's time to make that a reality. We've been doing this missions thing for a long time now, and have a couple nuggets of wisdom for booking the best flights for your adventure.
Did you know airline companies track how many times you look at a specific flight? This helps them raise prices based on what you search for. Below you will find some tips on how to find the best prices & how to avoid this from happening!
When beginning your search, make sure you've cleared your browser history (and continue to do so as you search) and use an Incognito Window if you can! Once airlines know you're looking, they can track what you're searching, and raise the price tag of your routes as you continue to search. Begin fresh every time with a clean browser history.
The best website we've found cheap flights on is Google Flights. It takes searches from all over the web, then directs to the website with the cheapest flight! Other good search engines are Vayama, Expedia, Orbitz, Cheapoair, & Kayak. These sites all compare prices with competing airlines so you can see the best price!
Be flexible when you travel! Long travel times and long layovers are pretty common when looking for the cheapest routes. Keep that in mind as you search, and who knows, maybe you'll have a long layover in a cool place you've never been!
Flying on a Tuesday & Thursday or at odd times (like red eye flights) are less expensive than traveling on a Friday, or a flight in the afternoon. The days you book your flights are important, and most sites show you which dates are cheaper! We've also heard Tuesdays are the best days to buy your flights!
Find the nearest airport that is the cheapest. For example, my hometown has a smaller airport that is 10 minutes from my house, but to fly from an airport 1 hour away is $200-$300 cheaper! So if you are willing to drive a little bit and then fly, it could save you a substantial amount of money! Think about any major cities that could be nearby, or you could even get a cheap flight to a bigger airport, then fly out further from there.
If you know your way around connecting flights, buying two separate flights could end up being cheaper than one straight roundtrip or a one-way ticket to Mazatlan. Since Mazatlan is a small airport, sometimes it's cheaper to fly to Mexico City, then find a separate flight from Mexico City to Mazatlan, possibly with a different airline. Check it out and see what you think! But be sure the times match up, it's something a bit trickier but could save you some $$$!
Finding flights can be a little exciting but a little intimidating too, so I hope this was helpful! If you have any other suggestions we would love to hear from you!
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