I don’t know about you but I get hella overwhelmed by the amount of travel tips out there. Where to buy the cheapest tickets, when to buy them, credit card points and travel hacking blah blah, it’s really too much for me. I have immense respect for people who Nazi the shit out the system (only time I will ever use Nazi and respect in the same sentence, btw), but I’m trying to live my life, you know? So if you are like me, and not interested in starting 23472398 new credit cards and you don’t need the fancy upgrades, here are my top websites for cheap travel tickets:
The Flight Deal
Ok, so this is the magic one. When an airline is having a flash sale OR when an airline makes a mistake inputting the price of tickets, it shows up HERE. The Flight Deal is especially awesome if you don’t have a particular destination in mind. If you’re just like, “fuck, I just HAVE to get away in February,” and you head over to The Flight Deal, you can end up scoring $500 round trip tickets to Brazil over Carnival (not shitting you). They have domestic AND international deals which makes this site Bae #1. Note: You cannot buy tickets directly on this site. Read the specific instructions at the end of each deal and remember to stay patient. Sometimes you have to play around with the system to get your ideal dates and prices. Also note: The best deals are taken within two hours. You do not have time to “think about it.”
I use Skyscanner A LOT. I feel like people are split in two teams: Team Kayak and Team Skyscanner. I’m Team Skyscanner. Why? Because Skyscanner includes budget airlines like Ryan Air and Air Asia (Kayak does not). And I’m about that broke ass life, you feel me? As well, there’s a fantastic feature where you can plug in your dates and city of origin and click “everywhere” and see a list of destinations, ranging from cheapest to most expensive. The app is really easy to use and more than once I have come across a stellar deal that I book on the spot. I highly recommend it.
Very often, I fly wherever is cheapest. Sometimes I know the general region I want to go to and I plan a trip around that, but most of the time I just want to get away and will take whatever I can find. On the occasions where I have a specific destination in mind, I use Hopper. Simply plug in your travel dates and destination and it will tell you whether to buy tickets now or wait until they drop in price. As well, you can look at several months before and after your travel dates to view the cheapest days to fly. Hopper is a very handy planning tool.
So let’s say that you want to fly from New York to Minneapolis. When you search this flight, it costs $200. Skiplagged, however, finds “hidden city” deals. So what will pop up is actually a flight from New York to Nashville with a layover in Minneapolis for $125. You would take the first flight, SKIP the second flight, and save $75.
Note: You can’t check bags when you use skiplagged because they would end up in the final destination. You can also ONLY use it on the FIRST leg of your trip, because all your flights are cancelled once you become a no-show.
I think it is always worth checking individual airline websites, because sometimes the best deals are listed right there. I would also change the language/currency on the website- I have seen prices drop by up to $100USD when changing to the local currency, instead of dollars.