Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 7:06pm by admin
Scoring a great deal on plane tickets is only one of the challenges air travelers face these days. Unbearably long security lines, bumped flights, lost luggage and congested air traffic are commonplace. While we may not be able to control homeland security or overbooked flights, we are able to share with you some of our secrets for finding cheap airline tickets. Read below for 30 places where you can land a great deal on your next flight.
Tools and Resources
Check out this list of tools and resources that are designed to help you find the best airline deals available.
- Farecast: This website has predicting airfare trends down to a science. Their fare prediction tool "shows if the lowest fare is rising or dropping over the next seven days for the specific dates and cities searched." Travelers are given the option of buying now or waiting until the fare drops to purchase tickets.
- WebFlyer: This website is known on the Web as "the frequent flyer authority." Great for business travelers or passengers who vacation often, visitors to this site can find all kinds of bonus promotions, special deals on airfare and other insider information.
- SideStep: SideStep is touted as "the traveler’s search engine." Instead of visiting site after site to research cheap airfares, consider using SideStep, which searches discount ticket sites and airfares from the airlines’ websites to bring up the cheapest tickets anywhere on the Web.
- Yahoo! Travel: The Yahoo! Travel page has lots of resources for planning vacations, including searching for great deals on airline tickets. Check back often to view the featured discounts leaving from your city.
- Airline websites: The article "SoYouWanna Find a Cheap Plane Ticket?" reveals that purchasing tickets directly from the airline can actually pay off — if you’re willing to be flexible. Last minute reservations are usually the cheapest, and "if you can adjust your times to fly, you increase your chances of getting a cheap fare."
- Ding!: Southwest Airline’s popular tool is a desktop application that notifies travelers whenever a special deal pops up going to one of their choice cities. There’s only one catch: in order to secure the discount, you must purchase the ticket by the end of the day.
- PlaneTickets.com: This website posts links to most major airlines, but it also connects travelers to special deals within the U.S., to Europe, the Caribbean and more.
- Kayak: Kayak is another site that searches for cheap airline tickets across the Web. If you’re unsure of buying from a discount website, Kayak allows users to buy directly from the airline or agency that offers the lowest price.
- BookingBuddy: This website lets travelers search sites like Kayak, SideStep, Hotwire and other discount companies to find the best deals available.
- TripStalker: This tool is a "new, easy-to-use application that grabs the best online travel deals" and notifies you when they go on sale. Follow the link to download the software.
Consolidators and Discount Agencies
Many times the best deals can be found through consolidated airfare companies that feature wholesale prices. Read below to connect to listings for consolidated and discount agencies.
- LowestFare.com: Travelers don’t have to sacrifice non-stop services or first class comfort when they buy their discount tickets from LowestFare.com.
- CheapTickets.com: CheapTickets.com has all kinds of flight deals, including airfare and hotel or transportation packages. Students can also find special discount deals, and the Volunteer Vacation Savings Program offers "special savings for schools, religious groups and non-profits."
- Airvalues.com: Utilize this company’s airfare search engine to book cheap tickets going to top international locations like Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, Athens and Moscow. Flights within the U.S. are also available.
- Cheapseats.com: This company "specialize[s] in cheap flights, discount airfare and cheap tickets worldwide." If you’re looking for a great deal on international flights, start shopping around with Cheapseats.com first.
- AirlineConsolidator.com: This "online travel agency specializing in discount international airline tickets" has literally millions of flights in its database waiting to be sold at consolidated prices.
- Fareline International: U.S. passengers traveling abroad should check out Fareline International "to find the best wholesale airline ticket pricing available." The site also features travel guides to cities like Amsterdam, Venice, Prague and Zurich so that you can plan your trip and book your flight all at once.
- Faremax: This website offers access to "millions" of airline tickets at consolidated prices and hosts a blog, forum, photo galleries, a personal travel planning page that holds all of your confirmation numbers and more.
- AirSaver: AirSaver boasts that travelers can save up to 65% on regularly-priced airline tickets when they use the company’s database of international and domestic flights.
- Consolidated Fares: This easy-to-navigate site features flights to Paris for just $202 from the U.S. and other fantastic deals.
- AA Travel: AA Travel’s website believes that "vacation is not a once a year event. It’s a lifestyle." You don’t have to be a high roller to appreciate their discount prices and fabulous connections.
Use these websites to find more deals on traveling by air.
- Orbitz: Search for cheap airline tickets or snag a great deal on an entire vacation package when you book with Orbitz.
- Travelocity: This popular site often has the best deals online. Before you make your reservations, check to see if there are any featured deals to places like Las Vegas, the Caribbean or Hawaii.
- Hotwire.com: Take advantage of Hotwire’s Travel Ticker tool, which finds unbelievable airfare and hotel deals in your choice of cities.
- Expedia.com: Everyone knows the Expedia.com TV commercial, so why not go ahead and book a flight with them online? Travelers can "track low fares with Fare Alert," subscribe to great deals with the RSS feature and more.
- ITA Software’s Fare Shopping Engine: Travelers must create an account to search for tickets on this site, but the low prices are worth it; however, one user on Lifehacker.com warns that "you won’t be flying first class" on any of the flights.
- Tripmama: Word has it that "Tripmama knows best" when it comes to finding cheap airline tickets. This site searches discount airfares from other websites and features special deals of its own.
- TicketComps.com: This website relies on customer reviews and recommendations to "provide great advice about vacation or business travel arrangements," including cheap airline tickets. Passengers can book last minute tickets or subscribe to the site’s RSS feeds for personalized travel deals.
- FlightNetwork: This website offers excellent deals for flights leaving from Canada to anywhere in the world, including the U.S. and Europe.
- Priceline: Priceline lets travelers bid on flights, hotels and car rentals and book last-minute travel deals at amazingly low prices.
- Mobissimo Travel: Mobissimo Travel pulls airline ticket deals from other sites and lets you compare prices so that you always get the best offer.
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