Finding Cheap Airfare
You have decided that you are going on a trip. Once you have chosen your destination, it is time to decide how to get there. When flying is the best option finding the cheapest flights is something that is high on most people's list. The less you spend on your flight, the more money you will have for the rest of your trip. Being flexible is one of the best ways to find cheap flights, because prices can vary by literally hundreds of dollars from one day or one week to another. Read on to learn more about finding cheap airfare.
First, you need to determine which airlines fly to your chosen destination from the airport you will be using for departure. Not all airlines travel between all cities so for example, if you are traveling from Hartford, CT to New Orleans, you need to find out which airlines you have to choose from. A good website to start your search is Kayak.com. Kayak doesn't sell you the flight, but they search the web to find the best prices across many different sites including the airlines own website. Surprisingly, the airlines themselves offer some of the best deals on their flights. Keep in mind that there are some airlines not covered by kayak.com and you will need to check them individually.
As easy as Kayak.com sounds, it can be a little overwhelming and confusing to use. If you get intimidated by too much information, you can check some of the discount websites individually. Especially if you are going to be adding a rental car and a hotel room, the best deals may be on sites like Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline or CheapOair. Be a savvy shopper and remember that all airlines are not created equal. Check the details of any flight you are considering such as what is the checked baggage charge, are you allowed to bring on a carryon bag, can you choose your seat in advance? If you need to pay for all of these things additionally, your flight may not be as cheap as you think.
For Travel to Europe, it is hard to beat Aer Lingus when it comes to cheap flights. Flying to Dublin for under $500 is a bargain in anyone's book and one checked bag and assigned seating is included. From Dublin, the rest of Europe is an easy connection and it doesn't add a lot of money to the price of the trip. For travel in the states or the Caribbean, Spirit Airlines offers some prices that seem almost unbelievable. A recent search revealed roundtrip flights from Providence, RI to Orlando, Florida for $73, that is insanely cheap. However, it includes no luggage either checked or carryon and no reserved seats but for the best prices, something has to give. This price can be found on their own website. Southwest Airlines is one airline which offers cheap prices on many routes but their fares don't show up on Kayak.com
Finding the cheapest flights requires research and the willingness the compromise on some aspects of the trip. Your seats may be smaller, you may have to pay for your luggage and you will make new friends in your unassigned seats. But, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you saved a lot of money that you can know spend on something a lot more fun than your flight.