Booking a flight can be the most stressful part of the entire trip. With so many website options, knowing what day to book, and searching for the best price, no wonder it stresses so many travelers out.
Travel isn’t cheap. But it is possible to keep it low-cost if you know where to look. You won’t always find the deal of the year, but there’s a good chance you’ll save money or find better routing options.
These are my picks for the top 5 websites for cheap airfare.
Skyscanner is really intuitive to use and clearly points out the best deals. If you just want to get away and are flexible on your destination, you can select “everywhere” as a destination.
It’s easy and shows you the cheapest flights from one general area to another. Google Flights allows you to search for nearby airports to find the best deal and it shows you a calendar of dates to find the best price. If you are flexible with your travels even switching your date can save you up to 40%.
Momondo searches over 600 airlines, online booking sites, travel agencies, search engines, and other online travel discount sites. The website also includes small, budget airlines and lesser-known airlines as it works to find the lowest airfare.
Kayak searches hundreds of travel sites to find all the possible flights to ensure you don’t miss out on the best options. And Kayak that has a feature called “explore” that lets you answer the question “Where can I go for how much?” Explore is a fantastic tool for initially planning out your trip while finding the cheapest flights.
5. Directly through the Airline
If you’ve found the same low fare on an on-line booking agent like the sites listed above and an airline’s own Web site, it makes more sense to reserve on the latter to avoid paying the $10 or so service fee booking sites now charge. Also, if you are a frequent flyer, stick to one airline to build up points and status making it easier for that upgrade to first class!
Use an incognito window to perform your travel searches.
The best day to book a flight is Tuesday.
When you see an amazing deal on a flight, book it. Most carriers will allow you to cancel within 24 hours of your purchase.
Try hunting for fares after midnight; that’s when many airlines reload their computers with the deeply discounted fares that people reserved but didn’t pay for.
Be flexible with your travel dates and times. It’s not only important to be flexible on the day that you fly, but also on the time of day.
Read the fine print for luggage. Many low-cost carriers will charge you extra to carry on a bag, or even store it in the over head compartment.