(Closed) Cheap Airfare?

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jesssamesssa:  I always scout out flights using either Kayak or Google Flights and then I always book directly with the airline. You may find it cheaper if you travel during the middle of the week (if that’s possible)

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@AllieBee12:  same here.  Browse travelocity then book directly with airline unless I can’t avoid mixing lines for departing/returning flights. I do find that there’s something about booking midweek, especially tuesdays (even for actually flying on weekends) makes a difference. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jesssamesssa:  It really depends where you are going and from where! I typically check Southwest first when I’m travelling within the US. Otherwise, i check a travel site (kayak, priceline, whatever) and find the cheapest rate. THEN I go directly to the cheapest airlines home site because it is usually even CHEAPER there. I also would suggest that you find a travel agent! They are usually free, because they get kickbacks from resorts/airlines/etc.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

We book through expedia, we fly about 3 times per year

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@AllieBee12:  +1

I always use Kayak and then just whatever site it reports as cheapest.

My friend likes Hipmunk for her purposes but the format takes some getting used to; it seems like the focus is less on price and more on timetables, if that makes sense.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Airfare hunting is like a sport.  I keep track of the prices on a spreadsheet.  I refer to Bing Travel which forecasts if prices will go up or down and went to buy.  I check several ticket sites like Orbitz, American Airlines, Delta, Expedia, Travelocity, CheapTravel, Side Step, Kayak, Hotwire, Southwest, Delta, Jetblue.

 

In the end, I seem to always go right to Delta or Southwest.  It just depends.  Keep in mind Jetblue and Southwest do not appear on any external search enginges.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also use Expedia to find the price.  Sometimes I’ll then go straight to that airline’s website and book (it’s the same price).  My big tip: Tuesdays at 3 PM are typically when the best sales start and only so many seats are at that price (you will be able to get two together).  Also, I’ve read that the best moment to buy is 6 weeks out from your trip.  But just keep checking every so often, you will be amazed at a random day or time when a flight will go on major sale.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

I have a price tracker on Kayak right now. It sends you an email everyday for how to price changes on flights. I almost bought last week but price dropped 30 dollars the next Monday 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee

As a travel consultant, I can tell you that we usually don’t get commission from airfare (much of that ended in the 1990s). Most airfare these days is what is known as a “published rate” which is the same as the airline’s web site. The overall price break comes from booking a “package deal” through a travel supplier for air & hotel. Even resorts that tout an “airfare credit,” are really just deducting that rate from the overall hotel price, but it sounds much more inticing to the consumer when it’s couched as an “airfare” credit. The bottom line is that travel consultants are paid commission by resorts/hotels, cruiselines, tour comapanies, etc. Very rarely is it from an actual airline (sometimes applicable for a European or Asian reservation). As others have said, you can browse all of the web sites like kayak, expedia, etc., but the airline and the travel suppliers that most consultants use will have the same rate. Also, air rates can change at a moment’s notice. It’s a maddening process, for sure! A good travel consultant should be able to research the best rate AND schedule for your trip.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Fun fact: Use Incognito mode to search for airfare. Websites that sell or “regulate” airfare have scripts on their websites that track what you look at, where you want to go, and how many times you look at a particular flight. They are designed to hype up the price the more you look around to pressure you into buying (Making it seem like flights are selling out.)

Incognito Mode does not allow your cookies to be tracked and thus the website doesn’t know what you’re looking at.

How to incognito in Chrome

How to incognito in Firefox

How to incognito in Internet Explorer

How to incognito in Safari

How to incognito in Opera

How to incognito on an iPad

Just a friendly tip from your neighborhood techie.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I use Kayak, and the 3+/- days options to see which days are cheapest, and also bing travel to check if prices are going up or down! Avoid flying on the weekend if you can, including fridays, to save more money. Good luck!

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