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This new tool shows travelers when to book to get the cheapest flights

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Paying for flights is one of the biggest costs of any vacation, especially if you’re planning a long-haul trip.

And traveling during the summer months can be especially expensive, with flights in high season costing much more than during low season.

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To ensure you get the best return on your investment, Skyscanner has launched a new tool that will help savvy travelers book their flights when they are cheapest and save as much money as possible.

The tool is called Skyscanner savings generator.

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Here is everything you need to know about this new tool and how to make it work for you:

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While a large number of American travelers are hoping to hit the road this year, 42% have yet to book their vacation because they’re hoping to get the best deal possible.

But Skyscanner’s savings generator can help.

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Research has shown that using the Skyscanner tool will save travelers around 5% on the cost of their flights in July and August, provided they are prepared to change their holiday dates to those that offer better value. price.

The tool can also tell you when the cheapest time to fly to your chosen destination is, so if you have flexible dates, this is where you can make the biggest savings.

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Did you know, for example, that you could save a whopping 31% if you travel during the last week of summer vacation instead of the first week?

With the average American budget for their summer flights costing $233 per person, on average, that equates to significant savings.

How does it work?

The Skyscanner Savings Generator is based on the Skyscanner algorithm which powers many other aspects of this handy website.

It collects unbiased data from billions of flight prices offered by hundreds of airlines throughout the year and then uses it to forecast when travel prices will be the cheapest.

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The Skyscanner tool uses up-to-date seasonal information so that the information you are working with is relevant to the period in which you wish to travel. This is updated regularly to be as accurate as possible, which means prices are dynamic and may change each time you use the tool.

Not all travel routes are available through the tool at this time, but new routes are added all the time.

All you have to do is enter the desired path and if it is available you will be shown:

  • The average monthly flight price for the chosen route
  • The best time to book your flight
  • The cheapest day to travel
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If you are an adventurous traveler and not tied to a particular route or destination, you can also ask the generator to show you prices and availability of less expensive alternative destinations.

Using Skyscanner’s new savings generator is easy and it only takes a few minutes to collect all the data you need to make an informed decision about your holiday plans.

Can find the Skyscanner Savings Generator here.

Tricks to book flights

Using Skyscanner’s Savings Generator is a great way to save money on your next flight.

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Other travel hacks that can stretch your dollar include:

  • Flying on a Tuesday instead of a weekend. Research has shown that, on average, Tuesdays are the cheapest days to fly.
  • If you live near more than one airport, look at the flight prices for both options. Smaller airports often offer cheaper flights than larger, more convenient hubs.
  • Book your flights on Sunday. Research has shown that travelers who bought their tickets on a Wednesday paid an average of 4% more than those who booked on a Sunday.

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