Whether you want to go on a relaxing vacation to Hawaii or visit family for the holidays in Houston, there’s no question that airfare is not cheap. Add a family of 2, 3, 4, or more in tow, and it can feel like you are paying an arm and a leg for airfare. We’ve all heard of websites like Priceline, Expedia, Travelocity, and Kayak to try to get cheap flights. However, there are a couple of other options that you might not have heard of that can really help you in the airfare savings game.
First off is Skiplagged.com. Skiplagged is a website that has the airfare game figured out to a tee. So much so that United Airlines sued them a few years ago, but Skiplagged won the lawsuit. Skiplagged works by showing consumers “hidden-city” flights in addition to all other flights. “Hidden-city” flights are ones that have multiple legs but tend to be cheaper than direct flights. Consumers save money by not finishing all legs of the flight. For example, a traveler that wants to go from New York to Houston would book a flight going from NYC to Houston to Los Angeles and simply end their trip in Houston. Skiplagged says that booking flights this way can save consumers up to 80%. Of course there are some things to keep in mind when going this route. First off, you’re not able to check any baggage, since it would obviously end up in a different destination. You also need to be aware of some possible issues that may come up when booking “hidden-city” flights. You can find everything you need to know at Skiplagged.com.
SecretFlying.com is another website that helps find awesome deals on airfare. They are consistently looking for, finding, and posting amazing airfare deals around the world. They are so good at finding the best fares that one time I caught an airfare from Bologna, Italy to Ibiza, Spain for 99 cents. That’s not a typo – yes, that says cents! You would really have to break the bank to go roundtrip for a whole $1.98. They also post “error fares” where companies make mistakes in their pricing and consumers can take advantage if they act quickly. The best way to catch a great deal from Secret Flying is to get on their e-mail list and receive their daily e-mails. That way you will never miss an awesome deal!
No matter which way you go to find a deal on airfare, one thing’s for sure – plan ahead, do your research, and you’ll never ever have to pay full price for an airline ticket again.
There are so many ways to save BIG on airfare and these are just a couple.
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