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Need to purchase airfare for unexpected travel in May. Some questions for those who travel a lot are:

1. Wait to purchase tickets to get best price, or purchase now to get best price?
2. What web-sites do you use to find the lowest fares?
3. Are the best fares found on the airlines site itself most of the time?

Let me know your thoughts. I've been looking around using the "Incognito" browser and even then have noticed prices I checked a day or so ago have gone up! Is there a site or trick those in the know are using?


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I always use Google flights. There's probably a better "hack" but it's very easy.

Shows you everything but Southwest. Just do a Google search for "LAX to NYC" or whatever and click on flights. Calendar will pop up and show you the most economicable departure and return dates. Can even look out months in advance and see when things are generally the most cheapest.
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You can waste a lot of time saving $10. Google is good for that. Timing is more important than what site you buy from.
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I've been using Hopper for a few years now, it seem's to be very accurate at knowing the dates the lowest price will happen.
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Depends on where you are going. If you post the cities you are traveling between, we can help determine the best carrier. From there, you can narrow your search and not waste time surfing too many websites.

Many times, the airline website is the best bet.

Purchasing earlier is usually better.

Clear your cookies each time you search.
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Oh sure, skirt the travel agent! It’s only a few hundred bucks for heavens sake, travel agent’s work hard to get you the best deal! It’s immoral to try to bypass them! Quit coming on here trying to save money, you know all THT members are filthy rich and we enjoy spending money! The cheapest ticket? Are you trying to put travel agents and airlines out of business????



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Originally Posted by creditcardguy View Post
Oh sure, skirt the travel agent! It’s only a few hundred bucks for heavens sake, travel agent’s work hard to get you the best deal! It’s immoral to try to bypass them! Quit coming on here trying to save money, you know all THT members are filthy rich and we enjoy spending money! The cheapest ticket? Are you trying to put travel agents and airlines out of business????

I tried calling a few agents I've used in the past to see about multi airline flight itineraries but they all said they'd stopped doing airline bookings. Said the internet search sites killed any margin and recommended calling the airlines direct.
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I know right!!!! My stomach hurts.

BTW...who is that chick? Is she somebody I should recognize?
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Thank everyone....I'll check those sites and do some research and most likely purchase today.

Much appreciated!
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What cities are you traveling between?

Also please don't forget to actually compare what your getting. Think Spirit at 50 dollars cheaper than the same united flight it worth it? What about having to pay for that carry on, and everything else you might want?

Even united's basic economy you have to watch out, can't select seats, limited carry on, etc.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I know right!!!! My stomach hurts.

BTW...who is that chick? Is she somebody I should recognize?
I think she’s a host on The Weather Channel.
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Enter your search in googleflights and have the site send a notice when flight prices drop through the Track Prices feature below the search results. A friend just booked a roundtrip direct flight from Germany to Denver on Lufthansa for $280 using this method.

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Originally Posted by schwammerl View Post
Enter your search in googleflights and have the site send a notice when flight prices drop. A friend just booked a roundtrip direct flight from Germany to Denver on Lufthansa for $280 using this method.

Wow...

Maybe I will wait to book!

Flights are from Orlando FL - Seattle WA Mid May.


Just hit me in the face......Google......I hate that company to my core. Can't utilize them even if I save a ton. But Thank You for your recommendation, i still appreciate it.

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Originally Posted by TurboJoe View Post
What cities are you traveling between?

Also please don't forget to actually compare what your getting. Think Spirit at 50 dollars cheaper than the same united flight it worth it? What about having to pay for that carry on, and everything else you might want?

Even united's basic economy you have to watch out, can't select seats, limited carry on, etc.


Great point.....Although my bride flies Southwest every month, we're not up to date on all the fee's associated with flying. Doing research now and it's beyond insane. How the hell do you folks compare, it looks like a crap load of work and time! I'm looking to save, but at what cost?
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
I've been using Hopper for a few years now, it seem's to be very accurate at knowing the dates the lowest price will happen.


This looks like an "App" is that correct?
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SWA and done.

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I use aggregate sites. Find the date with departure and arrival times and then go direct to the airline so I can pick my own seats.
I'm booking into Calgary in June with a 30 minute layover in MSP. When I pick seats, they'll be as far forward as possible to ensure quick deplaning.
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Originally Posted by bakerjw View Post
I use aggregate sites. Find the date with departure and arrival times and then go direct to the airline so I can pick my own seats.
I'm booking into Calgary in June with a 30 minute layover in MSP. When I pick seats, they'll be as far forward as possible to ensure quick deplaning.

English please...

How does one use and/or utilize "Aggregate" sites!

Yes I'm ignorant on many subjects, BUT...I am smart enough to know when I'm ignorant!!!
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Spray, go to TripAdvisor and enter in the place you want to go. It should give you an option to be alerted when a special comes up. Sign up for it. In general they normally put specials out on Tuesdays and the best airfare is usually found 6 to 8 weeks before your flight.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
This looks like an "App" is that correct?
Yes, you put in your dates to fly etc.....

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