9 genius hacks for finding cheap flights for your holiday

These could save you big bucks

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There's no beating around the bush: holidays are expensive. Whether it's the hotel, new passport photo of 15 pairs of sandals to lounge around the pool in (priorities), it's hard to know where you can save money.

Which is where we come in, with our 9 tips on bagging yourself a cheap flight.

1. Delete your browsing history

Airlines can be cheeky buggers, and by keeping track of what you've been browsing each day, they can tell if you've looked at one certain flight 15 times in a week - which is why the price suddenly goes up more and more everything you look at it. Sneaky, huh? To avoid this, clear your search engine history.

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2. Book early

Flights are at their cheapest when you book super in advance, because they'll be at their basic, normal price and airlines won't push the prices up yet because not many people are looking at them. So, anyone fancy New York in July 2017?

3. Or book really late

Alternatively-  if you're not good when it comes to booking things early - airlines do really good last minute deals because they're trying to sell as many tickets per plane as possible which = cheap. It is a dangerous game when it comes to accommodation and all the other things, though, so look at package holidays instead.

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4. Use fight comparison websites

Rather than just going straight through the airlines website, check out sites like SkyScanner or Opodo, which looks at where you want to fly to and considers hundreds of different flights as possibilities. Yes, you might end up flying home with a different airline to who you flew out with, but that doesn't matter too much, right?

5. Be flexible with dates

If you're not tied into other plans, try to be flexible with dates when it comes to booking your flights - because it's cheaper to fly out on some days than other. Wednesdays, for example, are cheaper than Saturdays, and if you don't mind going for 5/9/12 nights rather than 7 it's going to work out better, too.

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6. Consider all the extras

Whilst the 6am flight might be by far the cheapest, this will involve getting to the airport at 3am which will undoubtedly involve a taxi rather than the normal bus/tube/taxi of mum and dad option. Once you've added this to the initial flight cost, added buggage and loss of sleep, is it even cheaper?

7. Try not to book at exactly the same time as your friends

This is a weird one, but unless you're booking your tickets TOGETHER (as in, one person booking and paying for them all), try not to book at exactly the same time as a big group of others. Why? Because the website can see lots of people looking at a particular flight and raises the prices immediately. Sneaky, sneaky.

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8. Sign up to email updates

All of the major airlines offer automated emails to tell you when their flights go on sale, how to get cheaper accommodation and the potential to book discounted car hire through them. It might be a pain when your phone goes off 24/7, but you won't regret it if it means saving money.

9. Find out about student discounts

Whilst you might not realise it, being a student and 26 and under does have its perks when it comes to money: certain travel agents and websites actually have discounted prices for plane tickets. It might seem old fashioned, but make sure you shop around at travel agents as well as the internet before you book your flights.

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