Need to get away? Sometimes planning travel can be stressful and even before you’ve left, you need another vacation. Become your own travel agent with our fave websites to search, track and book budget airfares to save you time and money on your next getaway.
1) Kayak Explore – http://www.kayak.com/explore
Punch in your airport and dates then set a price alert that will notify you if your trip fare goes up or down. Price alerts are especially helpful for big ticket trips like flying to Australia where prices can fluctuate by a few hundred dollars. The most interesting thing about Kayak Explore is that it will predict the likelihood of your fare going up or down based on an analysis of historical price changes.
2) Skyscanner – http://www.skyscanner.com
Skyscanner is our go-to search engine when we know where we’re going and when we want to go. It aggregates fares from a lot of international airports that you wouldn’t normally see on popular travel sites and also offers you airline combinations if time isn’t an issue, but money is tight. Skyscanner is always the first step when booking international travel and great for searching discount flights within Europe.
3) Hopper – http://www.hopper.com/
For the flexible traveller, Hopper will keep watch of fares to your favourite destination and send you an e-mail when those prices are on sale. This handy website will also show you the best time to shop, buy and fly to any destination in the world. Because Hawaii is always a good idea and a cheap flight to those dream islands is always on our radar.
4) Google Flights – https://www.google.ca/flights/
Don’t know exactly where you want to go, but have some dates in mind? Google Flights will show you a world map of all the airports and their prices from your airport between two dates.
Our favourite feature though is the ‘Lowest Fares’ graph. Once you input your destination airport, Google Flights will chart fares day-by-day from month-to-month and you can toggle between different trip lengths to see how your flight prices fluctuate. This came in handy when we booked a last-minute trip to Costa Rica because we knew we were getting a great price compared to fares for the next 6 months.
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