B777a340fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 753 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2970 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?
MKP1013 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2910 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.
Aerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1515 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2838 times:
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.
Teo747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 133 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 2724 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!