Can I just preach for a second? IT IS ABOUT GOD DAMN TIME airlines started realizing we aren’t made of money. I know that isn’t why there are such cheap flights at the moment…but the why doesn’t matter to me that much anyway. Fact is: there are cheap flights galore!
A couple of years ago, unless you took the budget airlines with no checked bag option and the pay-for-everything-but-the-seat-kind-of-thing, there weren’t many cheap flights. Nowadays, you can find flights from New York to Paris for $350 round-trip, on full service airlines. That’s less than a typical one-way ticket would usually be. And that isn’t it, want to go to Vietnam? I saw tickets for $550 round-trip from various U.S. cities a few days ago.
How do you know where to find these kind of deals though? (Hold on, I am here to the rescue…)
I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite go-to places to find that perfect cheap flight:
You all know about Skyscanner right? If you said no, I’m going to go off the Gieco commercials and ask, have you been living under a rock for the past few years? You can search hotels and rental cars too, but skyscanner=flights in my opinion. It searches the whole web for the best flight deals for you. What’s cooler? If you don’t know where you want to go, but know when you want to go, you can put where you are flying from, but in the destination box, select everywhere. Skyscanner will formulate a list of all the countries and show you which destinations are the cheapest to fly to, and if you click on the country, a drop down box allows you to click on different cities to view too (picture example below).
Con? Skyscanner doesn’t search every single airline or every single budget site, so it may miss some amazing flight deals, but this is rare.
The only site to cover ALL airlines. When you go to their website, there is an option to sign up for flight alerts and I believe you have the option of choosing your departing city. That way, you’ll never miss a good deal again.
Also follow them on twitter, they post a lot of deals on there too, if you’re one to not check your email that often.
A personal favorite. I actually consider myself a cheerleader for this guy, telling all my friends about his email subscription and how great it is. Scott (all by himself as far as I know) searches the web constantly for unheard of deals and, after you sign up for the email list, he sends you these deals. You can also pay for premium subscription for even crazier cheap prices on flights.
(For example, I just got an email a minute ago for flights to Amsterdam in the $300/400’s from all over the US, like what?!)
Ever hear of Hacker Deals? Kayak came up with a brilliant idea. Sometimes, when you buy two one-way tickets on totally different airlines, the price might be cheaper than the the cheapest round-trip ticket. Simple concept, huge savings. I’ve never used it myself, but I have heard great things from trusted fellow travelers, so definitely worth a shot.
The Flight Deal pumps out a lot of deals, especially on their twitter. Just like the others above, it is a great way to find really great flight deals to locations all around the world.They pump out deals that they call “fat-finger discounts”, in other words, deals that are actually mistakes airlines made that will be fixed in a few hours, but for the moment are crazy cheap.
Know of any great places to find a steal of a deal or just want to contribute to the conversation? Comment below!
Written by Carley Farrell
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