THE BEST SITES FOR FINDING AIRFARE
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Momondo is one of my go to websites for locating well-priced flights domestically and internationally.
When you search, you will receive flight options directly from the Momondo site as well as other aggregators. It will display flight options on a 1 to 10 point basis with 10 being the best. Momondo is also unusual compared to other flight discounters due to the fact that you can search Southwest Airlines.
You are able to book hotels and cars on Momondo but I use it strictly for flights.
The Skiplagged website was created by an entrepreneuer to take advantage of point-beyond ticketing or “skiplagging.” The discounted flights caused Skiplagged to be sued by United Airlines.
Always check this site as they usually have good deals on flights, mostly due to their business model. The negative is that the rewards program is pitiful and the customer service is middling.
Skyscanner is a very popular flight metasearch engine, which was purchased by Trip.com in 2016. The site gets in the neighborhood of 100 million visits a month. Many bloggers state that Skyscanner is the cheapest aggregator; I disagree; I think Momondo is cheaper and better.
I have long used Orbitz and Expedia to book hotels, hostels, airfare, and transportation. They are actually the same company but the rewards programs they offer are different. Orbitz rewards is broken into three levels; gold, silver, and platinum.
After booking four or more room nights, you become a gold member, and more than 12 gets you platinum status. You can also earn Orbucks. One Orbuck equals $1 and the amount of bucks awarded depends on how much you spend on reservations.
Specifically, reward members earn 5% on any eligible hotel booking on an app, 3% on hotels booked on a desktop, and 1% on a flight or vacation packages. My favorite general travel booking site.
*Recently, Hipmunk shut down (2020), although I didn’t use it anyway.