How do you find flights?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
  • poll: How do you purchase airline tickets?
    Orbitz : (7 votes)
    13 %
    Travelocity : (7 votes)
    13 %
    Priceline : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Hotwire : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Kayak : (15 votes)
    28 %
    A different search engine, other than the above : (4 votes)
    8 %
    I am loyal to only one airline, and I go directly through them : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Other? : (8 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    405 posts
    Helper bee

    Typically I use Travelocity for flights, Hotwire for hotels, and I rent cars directly through the agency I want to use (because I only use Enterprise or Hertz).

    Post # 4
    Member
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I use kayak, but I also always check Southwest, which can’t be searched through any of the discount sites.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1397 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I search all of them, they oddly have different prices sometimes, plus I search Southwaest Airlines on their website since they do not show up on the big search engines.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2913 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    I go on Skyscanner, and then check out the actual websites of the flights that are priced that best.

    Post # 7
    Member
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Travelocity for flights, Expedia for hotels! Though DH prefers to just use Expedia for everything!

    Post # 8
    Member
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Sea_Ashley:  I typically booked directly with the airlines because I prefer direct flights and I have yet to find better deals on flights without bidding and then I don’t know what I’m getting until it’s paid for.

    Post # 9
    Member
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I search all of them, including the airline’s own website. They do sometimes all have different prices.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1040 posts
    Bumble bee

    When I visit my sister up in BC, Canada, I go straight to Alaska Airlines website because tickets are always cheaper than they are on sites like Kayak etc.

    Within the US, I’ll go to Kayak.com first, and then go directly to the airlines website to compare to see if Kayak truly is cheaper. (But some of those flights have 2-3 layovers, forget it. It’s worth spending extra $ for zero layovers!)

    Post # 11
    Member
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Kayak.com and southwest.com usually do the trick for me.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2823 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I search using them all, but typically book the same airline (for the mileage).

    Post # 13
    Member
    448 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Usually I check who flies to the place I want then go straight to that air

    Or I tell my PA and she does her thing I think she does it through airlines but can’t be sure.

    Post # 14
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I go to Expedia and CheapOAir.com. I have found my best deals on these sites. In general though I think its just a matter of checking consistently to find the best rate. I will check twice a day, everyday. I was once monitoring flights to France that were consistently around $800. One random afternoon I found one for $500. Later that night it was back to $800ish.

    Post # 15
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

    I either use orbit or book through southwest directly. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I am like @beachbride1216:  I prefer to book direct with the Airlines… (or I use my AirMiles Rewards… “the blue card” we have in Canada)

    I prefer direct flights… and I also find good deals dealing direct with the Airlines without the hassle of bidding etc.

    PLUS, as a long time traveller, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that buying direct also means you are better covered in case something should go wrong with your Reservation

    1- Because if you paid direct, and have it on a Credit Card

    2- Because you are THEIR CUSTOMER

    When you buy thru a 3rd Party… you are essentially buying AS IS.  So the Airlines have the right to refuse to deal with you by their choosing (unusual circumstance) and you’ll be left out in the cold trying to deal with whatever company you purchased thru… such as Hotwire, Priceline etc.  And in most cases that isn’t going to go well… (NOTE many of them don’t have a Phone Number, or an Agent… just a website or an email address).

    So not going to help me when I am stranded in an airport half-way around the world trying desperately to get somewhere or home.

    Nope, my money is on the Airlines in those situations… they aren’t perfect but they are a H#LL of a lot better than sleeping any longer than I have to on the floor at an Airport (PLUS having to shell out full fare with the Airline anyhow to get a last minute ticket so I can move forward)

    Stuff for consideration if you are booking a more complicated trip with connecting flights etc.

    Hope this helps,

    PS… Airlines Ticket prices are all over the map.  You may be paying $ 800 for your seat, and other people in the row $ 399 or $ 1200 (or like me “just tax” if I went on my AirMiles)

    A lot depends on WHEN you book.  Best bet is always to do so as far in advance as possible… as the more the seats sell out, and closer to the date, the higher the fares.

    You can GOOGLE there are actually Travel Writers (websites) that track flight pricing.  They’ll tell you when they think a particular flight is a good buy or not… and even tips on which days offer better deals if you stuck without a lot of advance notice.

     

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