Getting Cheap Airfare

July 8th, 2008

Everybody loves Flying. Ok, maybe not, but everybody does it. Here’s a few tips on getting the most bang for your buck:

  • kayak.com – AWESOME. Use this first when figuring out flights (better than expedia, travelocity, etc). Kayak knows all the flights and airfares and lets you sort them based on what time you want to depart, what airports you like, leave a day before/after for cheaper, show only nonstop, show all ones that match this departure flight (for roundtrip), etc. In fall of 2007 they merged with sidestep, the only site that was as good as them.
    NOTE: as of 2008 July, Kayak does NOT show flights from Southwest, Skybus, Allegiant, USA3000 (src). Kayak also not great at international – just great at USA domestic.
  • International: Mobissimo (favorite after kayak, international, includes vayama), Lessno (europe, some asia), wegolo (europe, some asia), AirNinja (covers smaller airlines, usa and international, best at europe), Attitude Travel (international, latest lo-cost)
  • Big Trip? airinfo.travel and flyertalk – read these if you do lots of traveling, or international flights. Helps you find a good travel agent, explains things behind the scenes, etc. OAG also shows you which airlines fly between specific airports. boots-n-all has good round-the-world info. Travel Agents: STA (USA, Europe, International), also consult local travel agencies – World Travelers Club in SF
  • cheapest flights, don’t care when? try priceline and airfarewatchdog
  • Other tips
    • Get a airline credit card, so you can earn frequent flyer miles when you buy stuff
    • If you have one, american express sometimes has great deals.

But with rising gas prices, airlines are changing the rules, and adding fees like $15 to check your bag. See latest airline fees on kayak.

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  1. LJP
    July 8th, 2008 at 16:25 | #1

    Can you please explain the green and orange chart on Kayak? The one that compares best fare found to average best fair found? I think I may need to first get a Ph.D. in something before decifering said chart. -LJP

  2. chad
    July 12th, 2008 at 09:48 | #2

    Easy. Orange, or “absolute best fare”, is just the cheapest fare found. Green, or “average low fare”, is the average, meaning not the cheapest or most expensive, but in the middle.

    Here’s why I think they have that – gives you confidence to buy if you find a fare between cheapest and average.

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