The candidates are many and fiercely competitive. Travel sites hoping to get our attention are getting better at delivering on their promise. The goal is to identify and then subscribe to the sites and newsletters of the 5 best travel websites that make it their mission to share the best airfare deals, period.
Airfare Deal Strategy
Before I tell you the winners, let’s go over the other half of the equation for you to nail down a great airfare from any of these best sites. I take pride in knowing the latest and greatest in travel resources for a couple of good reasons. 1/ I love to travel and 2/ I love to travel well on a budget. First, here’s the winning formula that works for me time and time again from these airfare deal sites that have been tried, tested and ring true. What you do with them is even more valuable.
1/ Sign up for newsletters for destinations that you have in your potential travel plans,
2/ Include nearby airports you are willing to drive the distance to in order to get a better fare.
3/ Cheapest days to travel are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but there is no longer a better day of the week to purchase a ticket.
4/ The magic zone feels like 21 days in advance for the best deals.
5/ When you see a deal, act fast before its gone. The cheaper the fare on the best route between the best destinations go fast.
Winning 5 Best Sites for Airfare Deals
1/ Airfare Spot
More of my tips:
I travel more than 300,000 miles a year including my weekly commute between NYC and LA. When you travel that much, you learn some of the best secrets that make flying the best it can be.
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– my road warrior insights
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– how to book the flight most likely to offer a first class upgrade.
– 2 travel treasures I’ve never talked about but never leave home without.
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01:08 How many days out from your flight is the right time to purchase. I break down the best lead time for every season of travel.
01:39 The best day of the week to buy a ticket has changed.
01:56 Two cheapest days to fly during the week and the one most expensive day to avoid.
02:23 Understanding airfare fluctuation: How many times lowest airfare changes from the day it goes on sale to when the flight takes off.
03:12 When is the sweetspot for advance booking and why you should set a calendar alert for shopping airfares.
03:57 If you want a better price, follow these 3 tricks.
05:38 The site that United Airlines sued but lost …and what are hidden city ticket fares and when you want one.
07:20 Use this Gaming tool for cheaper tickets. This new free tool looks for legal loopholes to rebook a cheaper flight after you already ticketed.
08:33 How to find accidental super cheap fares. This site born after the founder found accidental ticket prices at ridiculously low prices. (for example New York to Paris prices at $1,018 during our research, but this site got same routes for $334)
10:20 The best 2 sources that show the best time to book a flight. Enter your destination and departure cities and it tells when ideal time to buy. The other is a downloadable app that keeps you informed.
11:28 How to avoid miserable flights.
12:25 What flight will most likely offer a first class upgrade. See what most airlines won’t show you. The raw data of flight inventory is extremely valuable especially when trying to find replacement flights after yours gets canceled, award flights and how many different fares are available for sale.
15:08 How to learn from the frequent fliers like the best geeks and what never to ask.
16:04 You’ve earned the miles, this service finds the way to use the lowest amount of your miles and points for the best flights in business, first or economy. How he does it still fascinates me.
20:30 The site airlines use to find cheap local hotels near the airport.
21:24 Free app that shows where to find everything in the terminal. From healthier food options, massages, identifying cleaner bathrooms to all sorts of resources. If you plan to spend any amount of time at the airport, this can turn a boring layover into an adventure.
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