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Money Hack: Mash up budget flights to build a cheap overseas trip


A little DIYing can get you a long way for a lot less.

Saving up for that big international flight? You might be closer than you think!

With an open mind to flying multiple, often budget, airlines to get from A to B, and booking separate flights, you stand to save a hefty sum.

But how do you find these combinations?

The hack:

You could search various budget airlines' websites trying to find that winning combination, but the good news is that Skyscanner has already done the hard work for you.

Coined a "mashup", the travel fare aggregator has embedded this bespoke tool into its search engine, allowing it to mix and match flights for your desired route that you wouldn't normally find by booking direct with an airline.

It's a tool that won the Best Travel Innovation finder Award for 2018, and it allows you to hack your way through a flight route across vast distances.

For example, it has the potential to pair cheap Scoot flights from Sydney to Singapore with cheap Norwegian Air flights from Singapore to London to get you a discounted ride to Europe (and a stopover in Singapore to boot!).

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, you can even use it to score yourself a relatively well-priced holiday for the silly season.

For example, Adelaide to Singapore return comes up cheapest for a 23 December to 2 January trip, using a combo of Jetstar and Scoot flights:

Look out for the blue and yellow ticket symbol in the top-right corner of your results to locate the mashups.

Start searching for flights below and see where you could go for less.

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