One of my biggest deciding factors on where to go for my next adventure is airfare price. I am always on the hunt for a good deal. Not only do I get an adrenaline rush when I book a good deal but it also really helps with my sadly non-infinite travel budget. I’ve split up the following resources into two categories. The first section is sign-up lists which require you to sign up at no cost to get deals emailed to you. The second section is websites that allow you to do searches at any time.
Summary of Top Three
Best search engine advice I’ve received
Always search in incognito mode with Google Chrome or private with Safari
Always clear your cookies -> in History tab
Cheapest flights usually fly out on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday
and remember every single flight to/from the USA is refundable within 24 hours
1. Sign ups
**Warning: Be prepared to receive an email daily, if not every other day. If you do not like the idea of receiving emails, skip to section two.
- Scotts Cheap Flights: IF you only want to sign up for one, I would highly recommend this one. Scott does a great job of sending awesome deals every couple of days at NO COST. He has a premium version, but it’s currently not in my budget. I’ve scored some great flights. Personal Example: Houston-> South Africa -> London = $603
- The Flight Deal: Daily emails with great deals. Personal Example: Seattle-> Vietnam with a day layover in South Korea = $570 RT
- Airfare watchdog: Emails every other day based on departing airport. I currently have Houston and Seattle for my departure locations. Personal Example: Seattle-> Alaska = $117 RT – check out my Ultimate Weekend Guide to Alaska.
- Escape Houston : Emails every other day. I do not have a personal example but have seen some great deals like Houston-> Barcelona = $400 RT
2. Search Engines
*Tip: Set an alert on a specific flight to monitor price change
Both Google Flights and Skyscanner are great websites to search for specific locations or general areas without having to sign up and receive loads of emails.
Perks of each:
Google Flights-> Explore option is such an awesome feature because it allows you to choose what month, length, place, and interest you have for your upcoming trip.
For Example: My birthday is coming up in October and I would like to go to a beach for some scuba diving. ⇓
Departing Airport: Seattle (SEA)
Length: 1 week
Place: No selection -> Everywhere (my personal favorite)
At first glance prices are not so friendly, but after clicking on different continents in the search bar I found something within my price range.
Google flights also does an excellent job with predetermined destinations. Just insert your destination and play with the dates.
Skyscanner-> Everywhere option allows you to insert dates or cheapest month to fly and it will list out destination based on lowest price.
For Example: I want to go somewhere for Thanksgiving break from Seattle and I can take off from November 16th-26th.⇓
This lists out all my options and I picked Vietnam. Then it breaks it down by city
It lists out all the flight information with price. This particular flight has a one and twelve hour layover in Seoul, South Korea on both flights. This is a great way to get a glance at another country. In fact, many airports offer free city tours.
P.S. I’ve officially added Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp to my bucket list check it out
Be on the lookout for my next two posts which is the start of my seven month journey beginning in “South East Asia” and “Top Apps to use When Traveling”