With the growing popularity of discount airlines, established airlines modified their marketing and profit structures. These changes have made finding good rates more complicated. Disseminating the sheer number of sites can be overwhelming.
Start with a site like Kayak. It will scan the many popular sites and let you make your flight bookings through the least expensive. Follow up Kayak with GoogleFlights which has a very powerful engine and Skyscanner which lists flights from some discount airlines the other engines sometime omit.
The rise of discount airlines has dramatically changed the profit structures of most airlines. Today there is a lower ticket price but everything that we took for granted in our flight bookings is now 'al a carte'. The most contentious of theses changes has been to luggage allowances. This effects the size, weight and total amount of bags you can check in and carry on. The worst part is that there is no worldwide standardization. You are effectively at the whim of each airline. Fortunately all airlines have this information available online. Many offer discounts for oversized and additional luggage if bought online prior to the flight. If you wait till you're at the airport check-in these surcharges will easily double. If you overlook some of the surcharges the "discount" flight bookings can be more expensive than an inclusive airline.
There are several airfare websites dedicated to bargains. Check them regularly or sign up for their emails. They scour the internet for the best deals possible, doing all the work so you don’t have to. We have listed several of the best below. I would also recommend joining up to airline newsletters. Some airlines will heavily discount flights using promo codes or a direct link to their site. These deals often will not be found any other way.
Enter in the details of your intended destination and the range of dates and the website will alert you via email when prices drop. This can reduce your cost considerably if your departure is not in the immediate future.
Now that you have bought your ticket, Tripit will make an itinerary for you, SeatGuru will help you find a seat and FlightTrackerPro will send you an alert if your flight has been delayed. We have listed some of the best bellow.
Kajak has a powerful interface that is easy to use and customize to your specific requirements. Once entered Kayak will scan hundreds of travel sites and provide you with list of the best prices and options.
Rapidly becoming the go-to engine for regular travelers. GoogleFlights is powered by Google's own ITA engine but it is much easier and much faster than the ITA site.
My favourite fishing hole. Skyscanner's flexible search options mean you select a departure city and then browse prices across a whole month, or even a year.
The FlightDeal offers current selection of discounted fares for travel throughout the US. They also have regular search and bookings as well as Air Fare alerts.
SecretFlying finds deals and errors and publishes them daily on their site. There is a description and a link to each deal. The deals are separated to US/Canada, Europe and Row deal. It is easy to use and comprehensive. This can be a great tool if you are undecided for a destination.
AirFairwatchdog has an excellent alerts function that will email you any changes in price to your selected flight. They also have valuable insider information. Their top 50 current flight deal list is also worth regular viewing.
helps you decide which seats you want. SeatGuru knows the exact layout and amenities of the planes associated with each flight. It tells you about legroom, whether the seats don't recline all the way, obstructed views, and misaligned windows. A great flight starts with the seat.
makes it to organize and share your trip. Simply forward confirmation emails from anywhere you book to [email protected] and TripIt creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar, or anywhere online.
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