Best Flight Search Websites You Didn’t Know Existed
As much as I love researching trips, the one thing that have less patience for is flights. It often feels like to matter what you do, no matter how much time you spend searching, you will get screwed when booking a flight. It is as certain as the sky is blue.
Well fear not, friends. I’ve recently been introduced to a few sites that are committed to making the search for flights a little bit easier, no matter how many times you’ve been burned in the past:
Kayak Explore search results from New York City
A recent addition to Kayak’s flight search service is called “Explore.” You plug in your home airport and hit search to find out where you can go and for how much, with all the results laid out on a map. If you want to narrow down the results, Kayak gives you the option of filtering results by price, season, month, flight time, region of the world, weather and – my favorite – stuff to do. This is perfect when you are still deciding where to go next. Kayak shows you all your options in one place making it much easier to decide which to pursue.
Options Away allows users to hold a flight for up to 21 days while finalizing their travel plans
While I have not yet had the chance to use Options Away myself, it definitely sounds like something that would be perfect when I’m feeling unsure about committing to a flight. With Options Away, you can hold your flight for up to 21 days while finalizing your travel plans. If you decide to go ahead with the reservation, just book the ticket that is on hold. If you choose not to travel, simply let the reservation expire.
Hold a flight for 7 days and be notified of better deals with FLYR
FLYR was created with the idea that buying and exchanging flights should be more like going to a department store – not a life sentencing. As the newest flight search site to come to my attention, I have not had a chance to test it out, but the concept sounds simple enough. When you search and select a flight with FLYR, they will guarantee your reservation for 7 days and notify you if a better deal comes along, giving you a chance to swap your reservation for the better deal before booking.
Hire an expert to search and book flights with Flight Fox
Flightfox allows users to hire a travel expert for a fixed finders fee. When you go to their site and upload your itinerary, you’ll be matched with an appropriate expert who will work with you to plan the perfect flight itinerary. According to their website, their prices are better than the major travel search sites. While I can’t verify that, I imagine you are working on a particularly complicated itinerary with lots of stops, this could be a great option.
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Did I miss any secret gems? Share your go-to websites for booking flights in the comments below.