When it comes to air travel, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of fares and fees, none of which seem to make sense. How did the guy sitting two seats away from you pay $200 less for his ticket than you did? If you’re trying to find cheap airline tickets, the internet is a great research tool if you know where to look. Here are ten websites that offer great ways to save on airfare.
Expedia is one of the web’s oldest travel websites. It uses multiple computer reservations systems to find flights, and contracts with travel information systems to offer bulk-rate discounts on hotels. You can browse for flights on your favorite airline, or select from popular destinations anywhere in the world and let Expedia find the cheapest flights for you.
Kayak is part of the Priceline family and uses hundreds of sites to find cheap airfare to destinations all over the world. Similar to Expedia, you can select popular destinations like Paris or Las Vegas and find the cheapest flights, or input your own destinations. Kayak’s search functionality lets you search for multiple cities and will also display cities close to your departure and arrival cities to give you even more options that may save you money.
One of the newer travel websites, Hipmunk has a youthful, fun vibe. You can sort your flight results by Agony, which is a combination of price, duration of the flight, and layovers, or Ecstasy, based on price, amenities, and reviews. Hipmunk’s search results will display all the flights it finds on one page in a timeline view, so you can compare the duration of the flights and the tradeoffs between flights.
The aptly-named cheapflights.com is a simple website that works with 300 partners to find cheap airline tickets. Cheapflights.com also lets you put together vacation packages, and from the home page you can quickly choose from the top five destinations on each continent to find cheap flights to that destination.