How to Get Discounts on Airline Tickets

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If you love to travel the world, you’d surely want to know how you can save on your next travelling experience. We can help, with this guide on how to get discounts on airline tickets! Some tips may seem obvious, while others will definitely surprise you. It could be flying during quieter times, or flying to and from an alternative airport. Get ready to find out how you can enjoy your next holiday with more to spend on what you really want.

Stay up to date

Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to hear about our latest exclusive offers and hidden deals and make sure to check our latest flight specials. We offer discounts on airline tickets across a wide range of airlines. Another way to find out about cheap flights is to sign up for ‘price alerts’. Head to our website and use the search function to select your destination and preferred dates. You’ll see the option to create a new price alert. As soon as new flight specials are available on your chosen routes, you’ll be notified by email!

Always book in advance

During peak season, public holidays, school holidays, the festive period, and when destinations host special events, such as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, everybody wants to travel. Be first in line by booking in advance. If you try to book a flight later, you’ll possibly end up paying more. There are times you can get last-minute discounts on airline tickets, but if you plan to visit a specific city and your planning isn’t flexible, you’ll need to book in advance (at least 10 weeks before flying in high season, and 4 weeks in low season). This is the case with domestic as well as international flights.

Be flexible about when you fly

Be ready to book your next flight with our last-minute deals, which can come anytime! Don’t procrastinate, just be spontaneous, and get ready to have an adventure in amazing destinations, such as Bangkok, London, Victoria Falls and Rome.

As for the cheapest time to fly, international travel from Sunday to Thursday gives you more opportunities to get discounts on airline tickets. For leisure travel, domestic flights are cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Be savvy

Use our search tool to get discounts on airline tickets! The results are taken from all the airports serving the destination you’re planning to visit, and are automatically arranged to show the cheapest flights first. Get affordable flights by flying to an alternative airport. A well-known example is that flights to Lanseria Airport are cheaper than to O.R. Tambo Airport.

Two great ways you can save on flight tickets are ‘MyTrips’ and ‘Flapp’. Signing up for MyTrips lets you manage your bookings, save your traveller details, book flights faster, and gets you insider information on flight promotions. Downloading our flight booking app, Flapp (available for Android and iOS), will get you even bigger discounts. The app usually offers cheaper flights than the website! Get updates on the hottest deal while you’re on the go with Flapp, the Travelstart flight booking app.

Avoid the crowds

You have a better chance of finding discounts on airline tickets when flying during off-peak periods, such as after school holidays, the periods after big events, and after major holidays like the Easter weekend, or after the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Not everyone flies during these times, guaranteeing you more affordable flight tickets. As an added bonus, some destinations offer great weather throughout the year, such as New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Tanzania, and Mauritius, Victoria Falls, and Zanzibar. Additionally, look out for flights that depart in the early morning and late at night. Putting in that extra effort will get you that cheap airline ticket!


Have you come up with your own way to get cheap airline tickets? Let us know in the comments below!

All information on this page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart will not be held liable for loss or inconvenience resulting from the use of information from this website.

Photo credits:

Main image: vacaystatus via Instagram

Second image: jennstmyr via Instagram


Our Readers Comments

  1. Good day,
    How do we get pensioner discount?

    • Hi Monique,

      I’m afraid the airlines don’t have pensioner discounted fares.

      You welcome to read our blog to find out other ways to get discounted fares.

  2. Hi,

    It’s good to see a blog site for cheaper travel.
    I’m struggling to enter details on this page’s search menu.
    I have been searching for a special for my ‘man friend’ for a belated Valentine’s break with me for 3 weeks now.
    Trying to fly him out from London to Jo’burg return.
    He only has 5 working days holiday and has to take these days, so that his colleagues with children can take the school holidays.
    How do I get through on this site?

    • Hi Meryl,

      Thanks for getting touch.

      What errors are you receiving when trying to make a booking on our webiste:

      I’ve just made a test booking and manage to complete it.

      Should you wish to get assistance in receiving a quote and making a reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact our direct sales team by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to with all details exact dates, routing, budget and number of passengers. An agent will get back to you with 2 working days.

      However if you are wanting to purchase a ticket, it is usually best to book that ticket in the country where the passenger will be flying out of.

  3. i enjoy using the site, however, sometimes i am unable to change the flights that best suits my needs.kindly advise how this can be over come

    • Hi Shenaaz,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You select your dates, route and number of passengers and then click “search”

      It will then take you to the next page. On the top left hand of the page you will see “Show Filters” a drop down will appear.

      Here one is able to select prefered airlines as well as price range and departure times on the scale.


    • Hi Linda,

      Great to hear from you.

      Wow, this will be an amazing surprise for your son, and probably the best birthday gift ever!

      You welcome to search for flight prices directly on our website
      here you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to
      ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

      You can also use the +-3 days function under More Options to help you find the cheapest deals that week.

      Should you wish to get assistance in receiving a quote and making a reservation,
      we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact our direct sales team by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday)
      or by sending an email to with all details exact dates, routing, budget and number of passengers.
      An agent will get back to you with 2 working days.

  5. I have noticed that recently Travelstart are concentrating more on the local and European markets for flight bookings. Why have you at Travelstart decided to neglect travellers to Oceania, New Zealand and Australia? Could you please make specials known for these two destinations please?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      It’s your lucky day. Yesterday we put out a sale with Qantas. If you have signed up to our newsletter you would have received this special on Monday right to your inbox.

      Below I have put the link to this special. It does end today though. Happy booking:

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