leaveforgood said: so what's the discount code, spring2012? Thanks!
Hi! I'm a new member! and conveniently I reiterated what the previous poster wrote, also a new member, and gave him green, hoping that all of you would go to my site! You'll never see through my tricks!!!!
Is there a site that can do searches based on date and price? e.g. I want to fly from pit on 5/23 and return on 5/27 and have no particular preference on destination, a beach would be nice but am open to other adventures if the price fits in my $600 budget.
grex23 said: I wouldn't go through other members recommending websites like that. Tickets are almost always cheapest thru the airlines themselves, and in some limited cases, through airline consolidators.
For those who want first class at full fare Coach prices, what you want is a Y-up fare offered by the airlines.
Secondary websites are just profit makers adding unnecessary and unjust fees to the process. Now there are some firms like Priceline, Expedia and some legitimate consolidator firms on the market with long standing reputations and you can check out their credentials online.
But I would always recommend against using random links posted on websites.
You can secure outstanding low airfare deals if you purchase your tickets at the last minute. However, you will need to be very flexible when it comes to selecting your flights. Since there is no guarantee that you will secure airfare deals at the last minute, it is best to avoid this method if you have a rigid itinerary. Instead of finding the best airfare, you may find you canít book a flight at all.
There is this Chrome Extension 'Flight Multi Search()here ' which really makes it a breeze to search and analyse multiple routes and option to find you cheap flights. This is really a great time saver.
I'm not sure if it was mentioned here, but the best bet on finding good airfare deals is to compare as much sites as possible - I've recently found a good tool to compare many sites without the hassle of entering all over again: http://www.wayanyway.com , it's similar to Booking Buddy , but covers much more sites.
I usually just have four windows open for the same trip and search the same vacation package; one for Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and Hotwire. I usually find that Expedia has more hotel choices and usually the best price,but not always. Once I find the cheapest deals out of those four sites, then I look at the individual airline and hotel to see if there's any other FW discounts or higher Cash Back for the same price and then book them separately. But I've had the best luck with Expedia for most travel.
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If you are ever going on a humanitarian or mission trip (working with some kind of a non-profit), don't book your airfare until you've checked a specialty site first like missiontravel.org first. They are have contracts with airlines for (oftentimes significantly) lower fares if it qualifies as a humanitarian flight. They can also book air originating from any country, not just the US.
1. Start with Kayak.com - They use ITA software for flight search which is very good (but also used by many other travel sites). 2. Use BestTravelCoupon.com - They do NOT use ITA. It's another "travel search engine" type like Kayek but they use a European based flight search tool. It works at any location and will pull up different flight options and rates.
Between the 2 you should have everything covered and avoid a lot of wasted time of bouncing to many travel sites to see the same search results.
More on cheap flights; When to fly and when to book can impact the rate!
Kayak did a survey that determined when to book to find the cheapest flights:
Domestic Flights(USA): Book 21 days before your departure date, International Fligths: 34 days before international flights.
DO NOT book too early: For example, reserving six months ahead of time cost 19 percent more than three weeks before travel.
Days to Travel: The Kayak survey also found that average lowest-priced domestic fares leave on Saturday and return on Wednesday, except for trips of longer than one week, when leaving on Tuesday and coming back on Wednesday was the best deal.
For international trips you can save by leaving on a Saturday and returning on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
USAIRWAYS offered some sweet deals on credit cards. I had on from 2011 that offered 40,000 miles with first purchase & waived the first year's annual fee. It was at USAirWayscard.com/2622. It's expired, but if I leave off the last 4 digits that website address they ask for them, so perhaps there are similar deals. I must be off their mailing list. The basic card is now 30,000 miles with a $90 annual fee. Is anyone aware of any current offers?
I find you can sometimes get the best deals by going to the airline's own website. That is always my preferred way of doing it as the comparison sites I found in the past always give me ridiculously expensive flights with unnecessary changes too. But maybe I should try some of the ones recommended here...
Vegas is getting really expensive from Chicago or I am looking to early... Looking Thr the 6th through Sun the 8th nonstop and seeing prices in the 500's for regular carriers and mid 3's for Spirit, which I do not want to fly on. I'm going to keep checking since I hear it's best to look 40-50 days out(says 21 earlier in the thread) but dayum it's pricey.
Wow this has got to be one of the best threads out there. You've got everything all in one place n everyone is helping to keep it updated. Def worth bookmarking for any holiday planning.
wesshaw said: Its nutís how prices on tickets can be so different from one day to the next.
I hear ya. I get surprised sometimes by this and it makes it a bit stressful to know when to complete your airline booking. Esp when an airfare expires a certain day and u don't know if it's going to be cheaper or more expensive a few days later??
In India for fare compare I use wego travel but I think they automatically localise if they have a site in your country, I've used it when I was out of the country. So @edthesped, you could try the flights to anywhere function and they show you the popular routes and you can narrow by budget on the next screen. Not sure if u can punch in dates before the search tho.
I'm still used to STA because it's what I used to use before and they have good packages also, but I think many of the other sites are overtaking now and it gives us a lot more control as travellers. If you're still young tho, their work abroad info is really good
Keep in mind Southwest offers 2 checked bags for free. Does anyone know of any promotional codes they may be offering. I need to fly from Indianapolis to Phoenix for two weeks at the end of June. Thanks in advance for any suggestions..
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