Booking a Cheaper, More Hassle-Free Flight
Ticket prices are insultingly fluid, depending on when you book,
where you book and even the IP you use (see below). These services can
save you cash when planning your itinerary.
A. Your Booking Tool Starter Kit
Here are some sites and apps that will save you cash, advise whether to buy now or wait for later or suggest the nearest available beach.
Kiwi guarantees interlined fares, requiring a connection between non-allied airlines. Be aware that the “guarantee” might not cover all your costs — but we’ve used it without problems and at a significant discount. Kiwi also has a robust flexible search feature: you can search for a flight leaving from Origin City A (and up to, say, a 100-mile radius) to Destination Options B, C, and D, either for specific dates or a range of dates.
If you’re not set on your destination, use the “everywhere” destination search to search … everywhere.
The set-it-and-forget-it fare reminder app.
If you’re destination- and/or date-agnostic and just want a great deal, use this. Works especially well on short notice.
Now featuring reviews of specific flights, for firsthand accounts of how cramped the seats are.
Indispensable for previewing the indignities of your chosen seat on any specific flight.
Worth it for the “search by beach destination” function alone.