(Closed) Anyone good at finding deals on flights?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Luxuryshoegal88: I usually start out using Kayak.com to search for the best prices, and then book directly with the airline.

Right now it’s looking like the cheapest non-stops are around $820. But prices usually go up on Fridays/Weekends because more people look to book then.

Usually checking mid-week is good.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i saw 682 with hawaiian airlines on priceline

http://www.priceline.com/travel/airlines/lang/en-us/fare_results_departure_bk.asp?session_key=5C0011AC5D0011AC2011040118213807c4e0270747&plf=pcln&path=bak

With priceline you can always try the name your own price…you want to make it reasonable but can def lowball their actual fairs…we did this for a hotel in charleston we pai 100 a night for a hotel that is usually 250

also my aunt always refers me to skyauction.com but i dont know if they do just flights. usually packages…but its worth checking out

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I heard, the best time to book is 12:01am wednesday in the time zone where the airline is located, directly with the airline.

That being said, I should have booked a few weeks ago, before I watched the price go up 🙁

I will be checking out a travel agent this weekend, they buy their airfare in bulk and very well may have a better price.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

you can also go through ebates on some airlines (American Airlines for example.. even travelocity) and you can get a certain percentage back from your purchase!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Try kayak.com and Wednesdays evenings are the best day to try and find a flight.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

You might try contacting the airline on the phone too and ask them if there are connections from other nearby airports since it sounds like you’re in SoCal.  May sound weird but getting direct flights out of LAX can be more expensive than if you connect from somewhere else.  Saved about $300 last year on American taking a flight from Tokyo to Dallas and then Dallas to LAX because the Tokyo direct to LAX is so popular.  I’m assuming the flights to Hawaii out of LAX are probably similar.  Not necessarily the most fun to add extra time, but I thought of it like someone was paying me $70/hour to sit on a plane (and the long flight from Tokyo wasn’t full…yay for spreading out to sleep!).

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was also going to say, depending on how brave you are, fare sales usually won’t go into effect until 30-90 days prior to travel. I remember last fall there were fars from SFO and PDX for like $400 per. BUT, if you found $600, it’s probably not worth the risk!

(AND John Wayne is SO MUCH easier to travel from than LAX!)

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