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How To Find Cheap airline tickets

Updated on December 25, 2012

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

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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

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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.

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NOTE

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.... :-)


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TIP

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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    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      7 years ago from NYC....

      Hi Munir Hussain... thanks for the comment.. Regards

      Drax..

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      munir hussain 

      7 years ago

      thanks very much Livelonger.... I know these sites are a moving target since one uses them all and then next week discovers a new one that has been around for internet years... they all have quirks in their interfaces but I think the Kayak offering is nice - simple - and fast... Farcompare and Faercast are sort of next gen (IMHO) as you run them in the background almost as you would spiders.

    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      8 years ago from NYC....

      thanks very much, I appreciate that George :-)

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      knowledgeispower 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for all the useful information on cheap flights. Yours probably one of the better hubs providing this type of tips.

      George

      https://hubpages.com/travel/Best-10-Tips-for-Findi...

    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      9 years ago from NYC....

      piss off Sally...

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      sally 

      9 years ago

      whatever

    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      11 years ago from NYC....

      thanks very much Livelonger.... I know these sites are a moving target since one uses them all and then next week discovers a new one that has been around for internet years... they all have quirks in their interfaces but I think the Kayak offering is nice - simple - and fast... Farcompare and Faercast are sort of next gen (IMHO) as you run them in the background almost as you would spiders...

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      I think 3 of those are in my top 5 too. :-) I've liked Kayak the best so far, because it's relatively simple, fast and easy to use (probably why I like HubPages, too). Sidestep I think requires you to install something, which is a pain. Mobissimo was started by a friend of a friend, but he's since left and I didn't like the interface too much.

      You're exactly right that JetBlue & Southwest often require a separate search...

      Will definitely try the others now too. Thank you, Drax.

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