Life just doesn’t feel right if I’m not planning a trip, be it a reality or fantasy. You can’t fly without your ticket, but it’s such a hassle when you have to dig through travel website after travel website and you’re still left feeling unsure if you’ve found the best price. All you really need is the right site to do the cheap flight searching for you and you’ll be as addicted to charting fantasy trips as I am.
This is the first travel site I check when planning a trip because it’s usually where I find the cheapest flights and the layout is simple and easy to use. Vayama offers over 100 airlines to choose from and specializes in international travel. They also have all your necessary travel info from what immunizations are required for take off to the etiquette of different countries.
This travel site has a great feature that lets you search for “experiences.” So if you’ve been dreaming of laying out on the sand lately, just type in “beaches” as your destination and GetGoing will show you all the cheap flights they have to different beaches worldwide. Some of the experiences offered are Romance, Wine, and History And Culture. Named one of TIME Magazine’s 50 Best Sites of 2013, GetGoing is a wonder if you’re more flexible about your trip planning.
Considered “the best travel site on the web. Period.” by Forbes, Hipmunk is another great place to search for cheap flights. They also offer a useful feature that lets you check several dates all at once, saving you time and hopefully money. They’ve come up with the idea of searching for flights by what they call “agony” to optimize your flight for price, length and layovers.
One of the most colorful and unique layouts I’ve seen for a travel site. Momondo makes choosing the best day for finding cheap flights so much easier with their calendar tool. Though not always the lowest prices, they pull their flights directly from airfare sites rather than third party aggregators.
This is the travel site you want to use if you’re feeling spontaneous and want to plan a trip to nowhere in particular. Just enter in something like “California to South America in early April for 12 days” and you’ll get results that will give you a good idea of the price range for certain locations. I’ve found quite a few cheap flights listed here and it’s really addictive!
Good ol’ Kayak. This travel website lets you compare 100s of different travel sites at once and you can find some cheap flights occasionally. Kayak is a basic and straightforward way to get your travel planning started. The site offers an explore tool where you can scan a world map for all the places you can reach within a specified per-ticket price range. Kayak also has their own mobile app!
You’ve got the best travel sites in front of you, so start planning that dream vacation! The cheapest days to fly are Wednesday, Tuesday and Saturday (the most expensive days are Sunday and Friday) and on average you’ll get the lowest flight price by booking 6 weeks in advance. Share your tips and tricks for finding the cheap flights below. If only plane tickets were priced like bus tickets!
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Salomé Luna Gemme