While I believe in the depths of my heart that we should all be traveling overland when possible, sometimes it’s just not feasible.
That’s when having an internet superpower comes into play. Here are some of my favorite sites for finding the best airfare prices on domestic, international, and multi-destination tickets. If you have a great site in your arsenal, please share it in the comments section below and help out fellow travelers and dreamers.
This is my favorite search engine for flights; you can’t beat the flexibility.
In the “from” field you can select your departure city or even the whole country. Leave the “to” field blank and receive the cheapest flights available to anywhere in the world.
For flexible dates, you’re able to see the whole month at a glance, and look at the rises (and hopefully falls) in prices. By far the most customizable and user friendly option for searching cheap flights within Europe, although it works worldwide- Europe is the strong point.
When I am traveling Stateside- or departing internationally from the USA, Travelzoo has got my back. The “Super Search” feature allows you to choose entire months in which you can travel- and offers several options.
This truly super “Super Search” saves you the time of manually entering the same information as it searches the big names like Priceline, Orbitz, OneTravel, Kayak, Vayama… you get the idea. They also search the relevant airlines sites directly- saving you hours of labor.
Travel Agent? ( yeah, I said it!)
Now I’m sure you’re thinking I am miss moneybags. Wrong. While it does feel very glamorous to call up my travel agent to reserve my window seat with vegetarian meal, extra leg room, and pillow- I assure you, I am not shelling out one more cent than I have to. In 2012 I bought an incredibly cheap multiple destination flight from Madrid, Spain to Amman, Jordan to Bangkok, Thailand and all the way back to Madrid for 600 euro. You read that right. Don’t discount a local travel agent, it doesn’t hurt to ask and you may very well be surprised.
Ridiculously cheap airfare within Asia; essentially Ryan Air’s more dignified cousin. Fly from Bangkok to Melbourne for $100- all in? Yes Please! Be patient with your searching, flexible with your timing, and you will be rewarded.
Momondo is a life saver. With only four days advance purchasing I was able to score a flight from Indonesia to California for $400 less than what other search engines were offering – they also offer the option to sort by Alliances – letting you maximize air miles.
RAWR! Tiger Airways will chomp up the competition with their low prices on inner-asia flights. Advertised deals start at 80 Baht (that’s about two euro) from Bangkok to Jakarta. A lot of the luck in using Tiger Airways is timing, but it’s still worth trying.
Does standing in line with 200 other sweaty, cranky, anxious travelers who sometimes have screaming children, sound like fun to you? No, me either.
Does a 6 euro airfare from Madrid, Spain to Marrakech, Morocco sound enticing? Yes it does, and that’s why I still fly Ryan Air; because in all fairness they are THE home of low cost airfare in Europe, North Africa, and anywhere else they want.