I continue the theme of independent travel, andor rather, I am telling you how to use air ticket aggregators. I often use the Aviasales service to search for tickets, but on other similar sites the process of selecting and booking a ticket will be very similar. Below is a detailed and with examples a story about how to find the most suitable offers and book tickets using Aviasales.
Be sure to read my post about how to search hotels via RoomGuru, because still not everyone knows the difference between a booking system and a hotel search engine. And, accordingly, they do not know how much more convenient the search engines are than ordinary booksellers.
The content of the article
- 1 What is Aviasales and why not buy a ticket there
- 2 How to book a plane ticket
- 3 Useful features for the traveler
What is Aviasales and why not buy a ticket there
Aviasales is only a search service and, beforeall you need to understand that he himself does not sell anything, that is, in Aviasales you can not buy a plane ticket. But he quickly finds the best-priced ticket offer from hundreds of airlines. Having found the right option, you can go from the search results to the site of a particular agency or airline and buy the desired ticket there.
In addition to the price there are many more optionswhich can search for tickets. There are no commissions for using the service, but, as I have already said, they simply redirect you after searching for the website of the airline or agency you need, and it is with them that you will have all the money relations. Moreover, sometimes when moving from Aviasales a ticket can cost less than if you were looking for it directly. This does not always happen, so you need to check. Also, Aviasales has a composite route option, a map and a low price calendar, which makes it much easier to find airline tickets.
All the important points in the photo, which I will talk about, are marked with red lines.
How to book a plane ticket
Fill out the form
The standard search form is what we see onAviasales home page. When filling in the fields of departure and destination points, you can specify the city or airport. You can write a country, and in the drop-down list all cities and airports in it will be offered.
When traveling back and forth, the price is usually lower thanwhen buying a one way ticket. For example, look for tickets Moscow-Bangkok, round-trip. The date of departure can be selected in the drop-down menu in the form of a calendar. For example, choose March 11 - there and March 30 - back. When choosing the first date, we immediately see a calendar with numbers and prices under them, and when you hover the cursor on a date, we immediately see for which combination of dates this price, which is very convenient. The lowest price for round-trip tickets is highlighted in green, and at the very bottom there is a slider that can be used to switch the display of prices for a one-way ticket:
When choosing the date of the return flight, we also see price options under the dates, now they are considered from the flight date we have set there, i.e. March 11:
In addition to one-way or round-trip ticketsThere is another option Composite route. With it, you can buy tickets at the same time for more than two flights. Departure dates, destinations and departures do not depend on each other, the route can be broken by dates and points of departure. But it can be consistent. Departure points can be added or deleted. The maximum number of flights in one order is seven.
This is how a composite route might look like in practice: we need to fly on March 11, Moscow-Bangkok, then, in a month, on April 9, Bangkok-Kuala-Lumpur, in a week on April 15, Kuala-Lumpur-Singapore, in the fourth block, you can choose where and where to go next:
Search results and filters
Further, for simplicity, consider the option routeMoscow-Bangkok, round-trip dates: March 11 and 30. We fill in the fields of the standard form, click Find tickets, within a few seconds the site searches for all offers, sorts them and displays them in a list.
From above, on a blue background, always remains in sight.search form where you can quickly change the settings. On the right, at the very top, there are buttons with a drop-down menu for selecting a currency (RUB), for subscription, authorization and, with three bars, a drop-down menu where you can choose a calendar, a map of low prices and special offers.
The system shows us many options, includingincluding advertising. This is a flight on the specified dates, but not the best for the price. It is labeled Advertising. Although he, too, may well eventually come up. There are sorting options on top of the ticket options: Cheapest, Direct, Optimal (it happens that the price is the same, but when the flight is long, the cheapest option is usually with 1 or 2 transfers, and they are long). In our case, the cheapest is 21383r, but it is with transfers. A straight line is already 39965r. In this case, the difference is significant, but it happens that it is small. Conveniently, the price of these options is immediately obvious, without even clicking on them.
To the right of the search results is a vertical block withby filters: number of transfers, time range of departure, flight time (a useful filter for filtering out too long flights), price range for tickets.
Under the blue highlighted search form, inwhich you can always change the parameters, see the block with the name Check other dates to compare prices, price options for different combinations of dates and the Open button with an arrow. If you press it, a calendar will appear with the Table and Price Chart:
It looks like the price table in expanded form. Dates with a good price are tinted green. In the table by arrows, you can move the calendar with dates There and Back and there is an option Only direct flights:
You can also switch to the Price Graph, where the same data is presented graphically, you can move the time scale and use the “+” “-” buttons to set the range between flights back and forth.
This tab can be minimized by pressing the button on the right again or simply scrolling down to the search results.
For each option in the search results you canclick and reveal detailed flight information. It is very convenient that you can immediately see the conditions of baggage, in the form of bags and suitcases. At the top right there are red icons, they marked night flights (moon) and long docks (hourglasses). The arrow next to these icons - share a link to this version of tickets. If you hover the cursor on any of the buttons, icons, a prompt appears with its description. It is also convenient that you can immediately see the flight time, the number and duration of transfers.
In this case, we see that although the tickets are rather cheap, the return flight with two connections and travel time will be more than a day!
Using the filters on the left, you can choose acceptableconditions for you and check which tickets satisfy them. For example, remove the tick 2 transplants, set the intervals for departure and arrival, reduce the possible docking time. For given conditions and more “fast” direct flight, the price for tickets immediately increases. Conveniently, without expanding the detailed information about tickets, you can immediately assess what their baggage allowances are, in the form of icons with bags above the Buy button:
Between the cheapest, but most inconvenient option withlong docks and convenient, but expensive, you can use the filters on the right to find a compromise. Restrict travel time using a filter. Now the ticket is a bit more expensive than the very first option, but at least not so prohibitively long. Thus, using filters it is very convenient to search for tickets that are suitable for your requests.
Air ticket purchase
For each flight optionThe orange Buy button displays information where you can buy a ticket - at one of the agencies or on the airline's website. It happens that there are a lot of options, but only one. Please note that the link to purchase a ticket at an airline is not always offered by the service; in this case, you must independently search for the airline's website and punch through the ticket there to find out where it will be cheaper through the agency or at the airline itself.
After we finally chose the right oneyou have a flight option, click on either the Buy button or the link with the name of the agency and go to the appropriate site for our choice where we can book or buy tickets. The process of buying will not paint, because everything is easy. Enter your full name, passport data, and indicate how you are going to pay. The most popular option is to pay by credit card. But you can pay in cash if the agency has an office in your city, electronic money (some agencies accept it), or in a communication salon of the Euroset type. As a rule, when buying a ticket on the airline's website, there will be no payment options, you will need a bank card.
Before paying, make sure that you read the rules for returning tickets (usually cheap tickets are non-refundable), baggage rules, chose food and seats (if there is such an option).
Useful features for the traveler
Search for tickets on the Low Price Calendar
Above on the main page of Aviaseels there is a menu, in it is not only a Calendar and a Map, but also Special Deals and Last Minute Flights. We will not consider them now, everything is not difficult there.
But let's take a closer look at the Price Calendar, becausethat this is a handy feature for finding cheap tickets and planning your trip. The calendar is filled with the help of requests from users of the service and the results found. That is, the calendar results are the most profitable tickets found by users in the last 48 hours. The more recent ticket we found (no more than two hours ago), the more likely it is. The link to the calendar is located in the drop-down menu at the very top of the page, to the right of the Subscribe and Login buttons, and also on the main one if you scroll below the standard search form.
We indicate on the Calendar, from where we want to fly. If you do not specify a destination (you can write a country or city and choose from the list of airports in this city), the site will look for tickets in all directions. That is, here it is, a flexible search. When you want to go somewhere, but where exactly is not yet clear.
You can select the month (s) and durationthe intended trip (you can also switch to the exact dates mode and select the specific days we need). Now you can click the Show prices button. The days with the lowest ticket prices will be marked green. The most profitable flight is on the right, also on a green background.
For interest on the same page, you can clickon the price chart by month and see when on average the lowest price in the desired region. With it, you can still find out when in this region the season is the highest - ticket prices in these months.
Search Tickets on the Price Map
A low price map is a visual display of routes and prices on a geographic map.
On the map to the right, first of all, you should specifycity of departure. There are also other filters, with their help, you can narrow the search range. For example, choose a one-way flight (by default, round-trip flights are shown), ask only visa-free countries or countries where you need to search Schengen visa.
On the low price map there are links from the menu at the veryat the top of the page, it’s the same on the start page and on the search results page. And you can get to the map as in the screenshot above by first going to the Low Price Calendar, and then, from there in the similar menu at the top, select the Map.
And if you select the Low Price Map item in the menu at the top of the page:
That Map looks like this:
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