I know I’m about a week late on this post, but late is better than never right? So here it is, my top five websites for buying and scouting airplane tickets.
Now some of these sites you may have never heard of before, and that’s okay! If you love usings Orbitz or Priceline please keep on using what you prefer. I am listing these websites because they are gems that people don’t really know about; and you can find just as great of deals, if not better, on them.
Now, why am I not including Priceline, Orbitz, and other big names on this list? It’s simple, they advertise so much that it’s what we hear and see all the time. Due to this we automatically type in these websites to search for tickets and hotels, thinking that this is all there is and not knowing if there are better deals out there.
These websites below do little to no advertising because they are smaller companies. They aren’t as big as the ones we see on television. The next question you are asking is, “Does it matter if I buy from the smaller guys?” The answer to that is no. The ticket is coming from the airline itself, these websites are in place to help you shop around and to show you the deals out there so you can get the best bang for your buck!
Overall, these websites will put you in touch with the airline. Going through them will help support smaller companies and also help your wallet!
eDreams is a travel agency site which started in California back in the nineties. You can use the site to book everything from your flight, to the car rental once you touch the ground. Why I like this website is because I think it is very user friendly. It lays out the layovers in a way that is very easy to read and understand, so you don’t have to do much thinking when you’re planning.
I have had my most success with this site when booking international flights. This doesn’t mean the site cannot be used for domestic travels, but I have found that personally flights within Europe and from the United States to smaller European airports have been cheaper on this website than other travel sites. Now, do take into account the time you are looking to travel and also when you are looking up the tickets. Remember they do change very quickly and on a day to day basis!
Overall: Great for European trips and flights within Europe, can be used for domestic flights
Momondo is a Denmark based travel company. Like eDreams you can plan your whole on the whole site and have your accommodations ready to go by the time you touch down in your final destination. This site is very pleasing to the eye. It’s very colorful, easy to use, and has visual indicators so booking the best flight can be as easy as it gets!
I have nothing bad to say about this site. There are cheap tickets for international and domestic flights. It is very user friendly and it even has an option to set up alerts so you can be notified when the price goes down on your flights.
Why I also like this site is because of the graph included above your search. The bar graph visually shows you the price of tickets on different dates. The lower the bar the less expensive, and vice versa. This makes shopping for bargain tickets very easy!
Another feature that is included is ratings next to each flight. In the right hand corner of each flight is a smiley face with a rating. The bigger the smile = a higher rating = a better flight. This is based off of customers that have had the same layovers on other flights that are almost identical to the one being searched. This means that flights with the same duration having layovers of the same time have felt this way. This helps you decide if these layovers are worth paying less or if you should pay a few bucks more and skip them.
Overall: this site is very easy to use thanks to its visuals, domestic and international flights can easily be booked
CheapOair is a New York based online travel agency. They began a little over ten years ago and have even won awards for getting travelers deals on their destinations.
Unlike the last two, this website doesn’t have as nice of a layout. Sometimes trying to decipher the layovers and their times can be difficult to figure out. Other than that this website isn’t bad, and if you can read carefully and figure out the different flights you can snag a deal when it comes your way!
I have had the best luck booking domestic flights with this travel agency. With that being said, I have seen deals on international flights but it wasn’t the right time for me to head that way. This site can be used for wherever you want to go! I think you should support this company because their customer service is great and you will not be disappointed.
Overall: Great for domestic travels, great customer service
4. ITA Travel Matrix
This sight may take a bit to get use to, but I have faith that the determined traveler in you can do it! So, what is ITA Matrix and why does it look so… blah? Well this is what powers Kayak and Google Flight Search. It’s basically the brain that hacks into all of the airline’s websites, sorts their tickets, matches them to the specific destination and date, and presents them to you. Basically you can think of it as being what actual travel agents use to search for tickets.
I like this site because if you want to build your own itinerary ITA makes it very easy. It shows you what single tickets are going for directly from the airline itself. Also, you cannot buy tickets directly from ITA because it’s just a search engine. You will be redirected to the airline’s website (which is a great place to check out tickets anytime also.) This means you don’t have to pay the middleman that is an online travel agent, saving you money in the long run.
Also what makes this a great website is that it is airline specific. What I mean by this is that their layovers do not have you jump onto other airlines. The airline you start with is the airline you arrive to your destination with. So, if you prefer to fly one airline then ITA is what you should be using.
Overall: great for those who want to fly on a single airline, great to get a feel for ticket prices, great to build own itinerary
5. Student Universe
Student Universe belongs to Flight Centre Travel Group which is one of the largest travel agency groups in the world. Student Universe is an online travel agency created to help student travel the world at discounted prices. The company has linked up with 80 different airlines and travel companies around the world to bring even lower discounted tickets, tours, and hotels to current students.
Now I know that’s a bummer, it’s for current students. This is for anyone 18 and up, so it does apply to high school to college aged scholars. There isn’t any way to lie about being a student on this site. When you make a profile (which you must to book anything) they will ask for an institution and then search to see if your name matches up.
If you are currently in school please take advantage of this agency. No one told me about it, I just stumbled across it and I’m really glad I did. The ticket prices were amazing and I couldn’t beat them, not even on the websites listed above. I also think if you need that ticket to study abroad this is the site you should use! They always have a promo code to get some money off your trip too.
Overall: for students only, discounts your can’t beat, can plan trips on this site also
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