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I travel a lot.
I’ve been to over 30 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. Second, you never buy from a third party. Every deal you see is purchased straight through the company that offers it, so there are no scams or bamboozles here. And third, 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. Scott’s Cheap Flights
Scott’s Cheap Flights is a mailing list you can sign up for to receive awesome deals straight in your inbox. I love it because it is super simple, and helps you discover some destinations that may not have even been on your radar before.
Basically, what this guy finds fares and deals that are either mistakes or just super low for some reason, and then sends out an email letting you know where they’re from, where they’re going to, and where to book the flights.
For Example: One of his recent deals was Mexico City to New Delhi for $555. It might sound like a lot, but the normal price is $1200! You can also sign up for Premium Service for $39/year to get more that free users miss out on.
The Catch: The only catch with this list 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, the 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.
You can compare prices on flights with Skyscanner super easily. Just 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. These are usually fine but if something goes wrong with your flight it can cause a massive headache if you book through a third party instead of the airline. But sometimes the deals are just too good to pass up!
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!)
PS looking for more money saving tips? Learn how to travel for free with the beginner’s guide to house sitting, or check out Grabr, the app that will pay you to travel!