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Where Can Tourists Find The Best Airfares?  
User currently offlineB777a340fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 753 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3486 times:

I don't know if this is the best place to post, but I'm wondering where non-business travelers can go to get the best fares? I know there's orbitz, travelocity, and expedia, but I was wondering if there was any other "secret" websites that can get you the best fare?

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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Quoting B777a340fan (Thread starter):
I know there's orbitz, travelocity, and expedia, but I was wondering if there was any other "secret" websites that can get you the best fare?


Kayak.com is a great resource and searches the airline's sites as well as Expedia, Orbitz, etc. I hear Sidestep.com is similar.


User currently offlineMKP1013 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

I'm a fan of kayak.com as well. Once you complete an itinerary, it will take you to the airline's website to book rather than booking directly with kayak, thus eliminating any service fee to them. I also have used farecompare.com and the getaway maps feature to give me an overview of what the cheapest fares are for my origin.

User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

Quoting MKP1013 (Reply 2):
Once you complete an itinerary, it will take you to the airline's website to book rather than booking directly with kayak, thus eliminating any service fee to them.

Kayak does not do bookings, just shows you the fares. Sometimes though, when you go to the airline's site, that fare is not available. I've noticed through personal experience.


User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3354 times:

Yeah AirtranUs

Same thing happend to me a couple of weeks ago. Thought I had found an excellent deal -well a steal really for F on SQ LAX/TPE. When I went to book it , I got the fare is no longer available and the available fare was $3,000.00 more.


User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 3):
Sometimes though, when you go to the airline's site, that fare is not available

that seems to be the m.o. with farecompare.com too - almost just a way to taunt yourself at how much less you could have spent !

But there are some interesting features like the fare maps - and it seems to be updated continually



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3248 times:

Anyone use Yahoo FareChase at all? It's a handy feature I keep on my Yahoo toolbar...


Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineTeo747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

I also very much enjoy kayak.com, especially since they are checking the actual airline websites and then take you there to book the flight. It is true, however, that it isn't always accurate. Often times the lowest fare isn't actually available once you get to the airline website, although sometimes the opposite happens. While looking for flights for a trip I'm taking in August to the DC/Baltimore area, F9's BIL-DEN-DCA and return showed up as over $500 on Kayak, slightly more than the ticket cost on either NW or UA. Before booking with UA, I decided to just check Frontier's website on a whim, and found that they had flights available for only $300 round trip that did not show up on Kayak! So, while Kayak or any of the other websites like it are certainly nice to get an idea of what you will be paying, it's not a very good idea to trust them completely, as it saved me $200 to check the airline website anyway.

Oh, and if there were a "secret" website out there with lower fares than everywhere else, it wouldn't remain a secret for very long!

[Edited 2007-06-23 04:29:40]

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