Where to get the Cheapest Flights and Best Travel Deals
I travel a lot. I’ve been to over 25 countries and lived on 4 continents. That means, a lot of flights have been booked in the past few years, and I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve spent…
Luckily, these websites, newsletters, and email lists help me find the cheapest flights and best travel deals every time I’m planning to book (oh, and did I mention they’re all free to use?) If you’re starting to think about your next vacation, give these a try and save some big bucks on your trip!
This is pretty much the ONLY email I subscribe to that I open regularly. The TravelZoo newsletter and website is great for three reasons. First, you can customize your departure airports, so you only get deals nearby that you’ll actually use. And second, you never buy from a third party. Every deal you see is purchased straight through the company that offers it, so no scams or bamboozles here. And finally, the deals they find are insane!
For Example: Just yesterday I got an email listing an 8 night tour of China, with hotels, food, and flights from the US, for $399! W H A T?! If I was more organized and ready to book travel plans for next year, I would have been all over that.
The Catch: The only catch with this site is that sometimes the best deals are offered out of season, or only leave on certain days, like a Tuesday or Thursday. If you’re a flexible traveler, somewhat spontaneous, and open to booking great deals when you find them (rather than being set on a certain vacation plan every year) then this website will help you get some of the cheapest flights and best travel deals I’ve ever seen.
2. Fly Almost Free
I’ve been subscribed to the Fly Almost Free mailing list for only a couple months, but I’ve already seen some awesome deals. I love it because it is super simple: no graphics, no gimmicks, just good ol’ fashioned emails.
Basically, what this guy does is find fares and deals that are either mistakes, or just super low for some reason, and send out an email letting you know where they’re from, where they’re going to, and where to book the flights. Like TravelZoo, everything is booked directly through the airline so there’s no chance of getting fake fares or scam deals.
For Example: This week I’ve already gotten one email listing deals for east and west coast airports to fly to New Zealand and Australia for $500. That’s literally unheard of. If you’re a big baller, you can also sign up for his ultra list for $5 a month and (supposedly, I’m not on it) get even cheaper deals.
The Catch: The only catch with this site is that the fares are usually only available for a short time, so if you’re going to book them, you gotta book ’em fast. Because of this, once you choose your vacation days and budget, I suggest keeping an eye on this email newsletter for a couple weeks to see if anything pops up as a perfect fit.
Ah, ol’ reliable. Skyscanner has been with me from the start. I booked my very first international flight (to Egypt, Israel, and Italy) through this site, and have been going back ever since.
Skyscanner is great for a few reasons. First, you can put in your departure airport and dates then set the destination to “everywhere,” to search through the cheapest options available without choosing a specific destination. That’s usually how I get started planning almost all of my trips. I’ve also found that Skyscanner consistently shows me some of the cheapest flight fares for every destination. I just love it because it makes it so easy to compare countries and airlines, and find the cheapest flights and best travel deals.
For Example: For my trip to Germany in 2015, I found round trip flights from Dubai to Berlin for only $250 per person. A great deal I snapped up immediately, and never would have seen if not for their “search everywhere” option.
The Catch: The only catch is that Skyscanner shows a lot of offers from third party vendors like edreams, Expedia, etc. I personally avoid these like the plague and ONLY ever book directly from the airlines. However, once you find the flights you want, just head straight to the airline website, search, and purchase it there. Easy.
These three websites and email newsletters are my go-to places to get the cheapest flights and best travel deals online. If you’re just in the starting stages of planning your next trip and open to anything, check these out today to get some huge savings.
Good luck, and happy travels! If you find some amazing deals on these sites, comment below and let me know (so I can buy them too!)
All my love,
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