How to book a flight

In the past, flights were booked over the telephone or at kiosks at the airport, but since the advent of the internet, there are multiple more convenient ways to book a flight. Don't let that intimidate you – hippo.co.za is here to help you navigate your way to excellent flight deals and compare cheap flights. Let's look at how you can book a flight and what you need to know to make the process easier.

Before booking a flight

Before you book a flight, you'll need to answer a few questions. Where do you want to go? Are you coming back? Are you flexible with your travel dates and times? Are you willing to fly from alternative and more affordable airports? Once you've figured out these things, you're ready to start searching for the ideal ticket.

Flight booking tips

  • The more flexible you are on departure and arrival times and dates, the more likely you are to find a cheaper deal.
  • Last-minute deals can also save you money. Airlines and travel companies would rather sell a reduced-price ticket than no ticket at all. You might even find cheap package deals that include a hotel stay and car rental.
  • Make use of flight comparison sites like hippo.co.za that compare multiple airlines and deals on one page. Comparing airlines can save you a lot of money, time, and effort.
  • When comparing flights, remember to look at the taxes, baggage allowances, and cancellation terms, and see whether you need to pay extra for any of these.
  • After booking, keep checking the prices in case they fall – if they do within 24 hours, you might be able to re-book at the lower fare with no penalty.

Book a flight online

You can search for the best flight prices and deals using our online comparison tool. Once you've found the flight that's right for you, just follow the prompts on the website to complete your purchase. If you're booking an international flight keep your passport handy as you'll need your passport number.

When booking online, you can often select your seat, confirm your baggage, and even see options for upgrades or further deals on car rentals and hotels. When you've confirmed and paid for your booking, you should get an email with your booking confirmation. The website will also probably redirect to a printable page with this information.

Book a flight with a travel agent

Whether or not you have a destination and dates in mind, you can go through a travel agent to book your trip. You can tell them your preferred dates, what type of seat you'd like, and any special requirements, like a particular dietary meal. A good travel agent will present the best options to you based on your requirements. They can also help you with car rental arrangements and hotel stays.

As with online bookings, the best way to get a good deal is to compare flight prices from different travel agents, as they will have different options and specials available. Remember to get your travel confirmation documents from the agent after you've paid and the booking has been secured.


Now that you know the easiest and most affordable ways to book a flight, head over to our flight comparison tool and find the flight that will take you on your next adventure!


Prices quoted are correct at the time of publishing this article. The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal, or medical advice.