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October 30, 2014

Got Travel Flexibility? 3 Go-To Sites for Great Airfares

airplane2Sure, everyone says to “be flexible” when booking airfares in order to get the lowest prices. But when you have flexibility, how do you find cheap airfares? Here are three of my favorite tools:

Kayak: I’ve talked about Kayak before, but I only recently discovered the Explore feature, which plots out on a world map the lowest price to just about every major city from your home airport. It also tells you the dates you need to fly in order to get the low price. For example, if I fly in mid-June, I can get a round-trip ticket from Baltimore to Ft. Lauderdale for only $108. Nice.

Airfarewatchdog: Not only does Airfarewatchdog share the top 50 fares each day between any two cities in the U.S., but I love their Anywhere That’s Cheap fare alert. This daily or weekly email alert shares a grab bag list of all cheap airfares flying out of your home airport, including dates of travel and a rough estimate of availability at the price listed.

FareCompare: You’ll find a couple of different tools on FareCompare to help you save when you have flexibility. The first is the Where-to-Go Getaway Map, which is similar to Kayak’s Explore feature, listing out top round-trip fares that have been found in the last four hours (Kayak says their fares are from the last 48 hours). The site also enables you to be flexible in travel dates to make better decisions.

What are some of your favorite online tools to help you find great airfares when you have flexibility in your schedule? Let me know in the comments section below.


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