Buying airline tickets is frustrating, the airlines wear you down with confusion, wanting us to just give up and buy the air ticket. We must learn to play the airline ticket game.
How to win the airline ticket game?
By Andy Lee Graham, Pro World Traveler, 19 years abroad, and I have visited 107 countries.
How to Save Money on Airline Tickets?
Short Plane Trips on One Continent
- Need to understand that Low Cost Airlines, airline tickets are not always listed in travel deal sites, like Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia. Read more here:
- If the flight is less than one hour, maybe the bus is faster.
Long Haul Airline Flights
- Search for same flights on Kayak.com every four hours, this allow the midnight release of tickets to occur.
- Search every day for one-month until an obvious value appears.
- Search all airports within a 3-5 state area.
- Constructed airline tickets can be cheaper, fly to England, stop for night, then take off for India the next day.
- Learn the airline hubs, tickets can be cheaper, but not always.
List of Airfare Sites used by Andy Lee Graham Regularly:
As a rule of thumb, paying over U.S. $2,000 for a round-trip plane ticket to any destination means you paid too much.
Wow, Jeroen did it again! He saved me 200 USD by just calling him up. I found my best deal, I called him, and he saved me another 200 USD. Thanks, Jeroen.
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I am fricking tired of getting only TripAdvisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com Travelocity.com here is a way too EXCLUDE THEM - Stop them from annoying up.
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One of the travelers rites of passage is to learn how to make a fake onward ticket, many airlines are in my opinion corrupt and this is needed.
Rome2Rio.com is the first new air fare search in years, the site flies to cheap airports, then tells costs of bus, or train to your final destination.
I discovered leaving the cookies on the computer and continually searching made some bargain show up.
I purchased a ticket for 335 USD with Taca.com from Guatemala to Chicago, while maybe 100 dollars cheaper, Spiritair.com was too risky.
You can avoid paying 25-30 USD luggage fees in the USA by NOT checking your bags, then forcing them to check them at the gate.
Here is a site that explains consolidators
I think airlines are dropping cheap tickets on Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak. The consolidator I used in Chicago went out of business. have purchased some insanely cheap tickets by being willing to buy and leave 2 days later.
An interesting thing is that a lot of cheap tickets aren't making it to those sites. I went on Kayak and Skyscanner looking at flights from San Francisco to Paris and the cheapest was allmost $900 (RT), but Air France is only $750 from their site (I learned about it from cheaptickets.com). It's the same for some other airlines... suddenly it's cheaper for some fares by going direct to the airline's site.
some airlines like Southwest do not allow those sites to get their prices. Some people love Southwest because sometimes they're the cheapest, there are no assigned seats, and no baggage fees, at least for the first bag
How does Google flights compare?
Google had the same flights as Skyscanner and Kayak. I spent a couple of days on all the main "cheap flight" sites without finding this one. Wow Airlines is the cheapest but you can only fly with 5kg of carry on and there is no meal. The Air France flight is better value. And there is a Delta Flight and a United flight that Kayak and the others didn't know about either. And I have in price alerts that don't know about those flights either. They all say Turkish Airlines $874 is the cheapest fare.
Hi Ed, You might want to check flights leaving OAK Oakland airport instead of SFO. I've always found them cheaper than from SFO. You may not get a direct flight though but going into and out of OAK is so much easier and more pleasant than the SFO labyrinth. For anyone not familiar with the Bay Area, they call it the San Francisco Airport buts its actually in South San Francisco on the Peninsula. Plus right at about SFO, traffic starts backing up on 101 Highway all the way into San Francisco which in my opinion is horrendous. With OAK one can avoid most of 880 which is equivalent to 101 by using the back roads thru San Leandro to get to the Oakland Airport. For someone dropping you off or picking you up its a breeze at QAK but not so at SFO. They remodel and reconfigure SFO so often that one is likely to get lost driving around at SFO.
Deb I usually check the box to search nearby airports as well. Yes, Oakland is an option and I haven't finished searching yet. So far, in terms of value, the SFO to CDG route looks best. It's about the same as one routed through Seattle, which adds hours to the flight.
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