AirplaneHave you ever been looking for a flight that you’re not quite ready to book, and every time you go back to check the price it gets higher and higher? You’re trying your best to be a savvy money saver. But it seems to be working against you! Whether you’re looking to study, volunteer, teach or do an internship abroad, we all have something in common: We want to do it on a budget.

People that succeed with traveling on a budget do two things very well:
First, they identify booking techniques that get them results. Second, they put 100% of their resources into executing those methods. But you’re probably wondering: “How do I find booking strategies that work?”. Today I’m going to make it easy for you. All you need to do is carve out a few minutes of your day and tackle this hack below. If you want to know how to get a 39% discount within 3 minutes your in the right place. I can even teach you the Django Technique and the S7 Code Cheat.

Ready? Let’s do this.

use layovers to save money

Direct flights are always more convenient, but if you have a bit more time you can often cut the cost by stopping over. (Indirect flights sometimes only adds a couple of hours to the journey)

How to save:

In March 2016, we checked return flights from London to 10 popular long-haul destinations in mid-September 2016 and how much you could save by stopping over. The results are in the table below – as a rule, we found the bigger savings were on longer, non-US flights.

 To see for yourself:

  • You can filter by direct and indirect flights, so you can easily compare prices.

How direct vs. indirect flights stack up:

layover discount

This is super easy, and works fantastically on long haul flights.

Part 1 (with step by step example):

  • Pick a comparison site (We are using Kayak)
  • Enter your departure and arrival airports.
  • Enter your dates.
  • Click “Search”

flight booking comparison


Only £783, down from £952. That’s a £169 saving right off the bat!

Part 2:

On the left-hand side, untick “non-stop” and make sure one stop and two stops + are both selected.

Like this:

layover hack

Kayak will then automatically load up results that match the criteria of having 1 or more stops. As you can see, this dramatically drops the price for usually just a couple of hours inconvenience.

layover discount pricing


In this case, 2 hours 25 minutes of waiting around rewards you with an additional saving of £141.

Some pretty hefty savings to be had right? Want to maximize these savings even more? Use our Inception Method

Want to learn more flight hacks? Including how I booked flights from Zurich to Punta Cana for just €6.

About the Author:

Joe Ryan: 20 something traveler, writer, life liver.
Whilst running multiple online + brick and mortar business, finding time to travel and write about my experiences along the way.