Since I began working on this website nearly 5 years ago, searching for airfare has become easier. However there are many more websites to choose compared to 2013 so I want to show the top airfare websites I use to book my travel. These resources are rated for their ability to search for low fare, ability to predict future prices, ability to search, and their design.
If you knew me personally then you would know I love Google Flights. It has all these awesome features including when searching for flights, a tip bar pops up and shows how much you could save if you travel on a different date. This was how I found a cheap flight to Iceland. Personally I love the no thrills design and how easy it is to find flights that are not expensive. Take time to play around with Google Flights because there are many great features for exploring airfare deals.
- Finding the absolute lowest fare
- A full world map displayed with prices
- The screen will bring you right to the airlines website for easy booking
- The “I’m feeling lucky” option is awesome for finding random cheap flights
- Filtering as much or as little as you need, search by weekends, by certain months, any destination, etc
What I love the most about SkyScanner is the nice email alert they send and that it’s free to set up. Many websites do this but the great thing about SkyScanner is you can put an alert for the destination, or for certain days or for a flexible period. This is a great website if you’re not really sure where you want to go but email alerts.
- Getting airfare alerts right to your email
- Alerts for particular days
- Can filter as much or as little as you like
I have talked about Adioso before but I still think it’s one of the better airfare websites because of how easy it is to use and its flexibility. It’s really a great website for people who don’t know where they want to go or even for when. The design makes it easy to type in any destination and to select certain dates.
- People who want to work with an easy design
- Travelers who are looking for ideas
- Flexible travel
This is only a mobile app but it’s great because it predicts the future airfare prices and whether you should book. Prediction for airfare isn’t an exact science, but Hopper claims 95% accuracy. This is a great add-on app for when you need to find flights but are working from your phone.
- Mobile users who want to book and find cheap flights quickly
- Predicting when the best time to book is
- Easy to receive push notifications on the phone when a price drops
Admittedly I have not used their service before researching for this post. So I decided to try them out. Skiplagged is suppose to find all the loophole deals that normally don’t display on other airfare websites. I tried out the website and it is easy to find cheaper tickets using their hidden city search.
From Skiplagged website “A hidden-city flight is a flight where you get off at the layover rather than the final destination. For example, a flight from New York to San Francisco might be $300, but a similar flight from New York to Seattle with a layover in San Francisco might be $200. If you’re going to San Francisco we’ll show you both flights, and if you choose the cheaper one, you get off the plane at the layover (San Francisco) rather than going to the final destination (Seattle).”
- Finding irregular fares that wouldn’t be displayed anywhere else
- Low airfare found on the website or on your phone
- Having the feeling of hacking your travels
This is an email subscription service that shows flights for any part of the world. It does lack the ability to search for flights but it’s great for finding really low fares and mistake fares with daily email updates. There is an option to upgrade to premium to get even more cheap fares but admittedly I have not signed up.
- Daily reminder of cheap fares
- Mistake fares
- Low cost fares if you have flexibility
A straight forward website that lists airfare by major cities from the United States to potentially anywhere. This website only lists low airfare deals and you could either search the site yourself or have them email you directly. I choose to get daily emails to check on daily airfare across the United States. The Flight Deal doesn’t give you the option to email from your city.
- Broad searches of daily low flights
- A nice concise daily list of the top low fares across the United States