3 sites for finding the best possible price on airfare (& how to use them)

Let’s be real here; airfare is often one of the most expensive aspects of travel. In my experience, it accounts for about one-third of our total spend on any given international trip. Here are the three sites that I use to find the best possible deals on airfare.

Kayak and Google Flights

Kayak is the one I’ve used most often, but for our upcoming Baltic Sea cruise, I’m giving Google Flights a try. Both allow you to set up email alerts which tell you when the price of a flight you’re interested in goes up or down.

If you’ve got some flexibility, use the +/- feature; you’d be surprised how much the price of a ticket can change between a Thursday or Friday flight, for example. It could be a difference of $100 or more.

3 sites to use to find affordable airfare | use kayak's plus/minus 3 days feature if you've got some flexibility. click on this to find out more!
Source: Kayak

I also quite like Kayak’s “advice” feature, which is based on analytics of price variance.

3 site to use when searching for affordable airfare | use kayak's buy now analytics
Source: Kayak

If you’re feeling ambitious, test out a couple of different departure cities and see how that alters the price of your flight.

This is a recent tip that I learned. We booked a trip through Travelzoo, and the flights all originated out of Boston. I was shocked to see how much lower the prices were flying out of Boston versus what we pay to fly out of Detroit. Flights originating out of airports on the eastern seaboard overall seem to be cheaper than flying out of the Midwest—it’s pretty inexpensive to fly out of New York or New Jersey, too, I’ve found.

Take a look at the comparisons below: Detroit to Copenhagen ($1,040 roundtrip) versus New York to Copenhagen ($511 roundtrip). Even with having to book a separate flight from Detroit to NYC ($192 roundtrip), it’s still far and away the cheaper option, coming in at $703 per ticket. For two people, that’s $600 in your pocket, and you can do a lot with $600!

3 sites to use to find affordable travel and how to use them
Source: Google
3 sites to use for finding affordable airfare & how to use them | google flights
Source: Google
3 sites to use to find affordable airfare | experiment with different departure cities to find the most affordable flights. click here for more tips.
Source: Google
Source: Google

Now, I realize that this may seem like a hassle—flying out of somewhere other than your home base. I completely understand. If money is no object to you and you’d rather save time (wouldn’t that be nice?), then by all means, fly out of the nearest airport! But for those of us looking to travel as cheaply as possible, this is a great option to keep in mind.

Skyscanner

If you have even more flexibility, consider using a website or app like Skyscanner.

If it doesn’t matter to you what month you travel in, try putting in the “to” and “from” cities, and select their “cheapest month” option.

According to this Boston-Lisbon search I did, April is the cheapest month to fly. Skyscanner provides you with a calendar of the month and it lists one-way ticket prices each way.

3 sites to use for finding the most afforable airfare | use skyscanner to find the cheapest month to travel to a destination. click for more tips!
Source: Skyscanner

The other feature about Skyscanner that I think is super-cool, especially if you’re trying to be spontaneous of genuinely don’t have a destination in mind but you just want to go somewhere is that you don’t need to put in a destination in order to search their site.

3 sites to use for finding the most afforable airfaire | use skyscanner to find the cheapest airfare from your destination to anywhere in the world! click for more details.
Source: Skyscanner

Skyscanner will literally scan all available flights from your airport at the cheapest price possible. We could fly from Detroit to Iceland, direct, potentially for less than $200 each way in October 2018 if we wanted to. How cool is that?!

skyscanner-flights-screenshot-iceland-october
Source: Skyscanner

Compare prices on flights with Skyscanner

These are just three of the many, many sites out there that aim at finding the most affordable airfare. There’s also cheapoair.com, Expedia, Travelocity, and Hopper, just to name a few. These are just the ones I’ve played around with the most.

What’s your favorite site to use for finding cheap airfare? Leave a comment and tell me all about it! I’m always looking for new and improved ways to save money on airfare, which is often one of the most expensive parts of traveling!

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