How To Find Cheap airline tickets
Enter the Aggregators - they search dozens of sites to give you the best fare. I believe that one cannot deal with hundreds of links so this article will concentrate on what I consider to be The Top 5.
I have not addressed the tech aspects or merits or demerits of deep linking, spidering, scraping... in this context Mobissimo's slogan says it all ...we search you travel
The Best Site IMHO
IMHO the best site is skyscanner.net - especially if you do not know where you want to go, you can see all outbound flights from a particular airport
- Cheap Flights - Compare Airline Tickets with Skyscanner.com
Skyscanner searches over 600 airlines and 670,000 routes to find cheap flights and airline ticket deals. Book direct, no fees at Skyscanner USA
The Next 5 ...by Drax
- Kayak - Life's a trip.
They say... Our website searches hundreds of other websites in real time for the best travel deals available.... it should be fast, fun and cool.
- Sidestep - searching over 600 airlines
searches more than 200 sites to find the Web's best travel bargains. We check online agencies, consolidators, and the sites of the airlines, hotels, vacation package providers and rental car companies
- Mobissimo - we search you travel
their mission: improve the way people seek and discover travel information. The Mobissimo search engine performs real-time queries of the multiple websites that travelers traditionally check manually...
- Farecompare - price trends
they say.... FareCompare gets the raw fare data from the airlines directly and we process it several hours before it is available on the online travel agencies and many times the airline sites themselves. We are not a meta-search engine which "scrape
- Farecast - look into the future...
Farecast.com is the first airfare prediction website. They help online travel shoppers save money by answering the question; should you buy now or wait? they now offer airfare predictions from over 75 U.S. departure cities to top domestic destination
more about Farecompare
...we are not a meta-search engine which "scrapes" the data from other sites using HTML scraping or API's. Our system contains over 30 million airfares and we process millions of fare changes throughout the day. We provide information on our site to empower each user with tools normally only available to fare analysts at the airlines. Our goal is to provide the information you need to make the best informed decision before you jump to the airline site, online travel agency, or meta-search engine (Kayak, SideStep, Mobissimo) to finalize your booking.
I Want to go to....
Places to go...
You may find that Jetblue, Southwest and others do not allow their data to appear in the aggregators sites... or that they appear in one place but not in another. As always the technology develops as we speak ....you need to use your head as well as the keyboard or mouse.... :-)
I find that the aggregator method is a useful way of narrowing down the flights and times and then it is good to check directly on the airlines sites for any specials or last minutes deals. This way it is possible to masker a clear comparison between the discounted prices offered by various providers.
Whilst this is my top 5 there are a host of other sites.... like
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