How to get cheap flights

STUDIES have shown that most of us spend more money than expected whilst on holiday, so it's good to maximise savings before you leave. You may have heard that Tuesday is the best day to book flights, but what other tricks of the trade exist? Here are some things which may reduce your bill... Book at the right time With domestic flights, booking 47 days in advance is the median best time to buy. If you’re looking at an international flight, tickets should always be purchased further in advance of your preferred departure date. But if you’re flexible, try looking for a +3/-3 (or 5/7) date range, as this will provide a wide range of prices for you to consider. That being said, don’t book too early The average cost of a domestic flight found six months before the desired departure date is reportedly 19% higher than fares searched for a mere month in advance of travel. Book one-way tickets Buying two one-way tickets can sometimes be cheaper than a return ticket, so do check just in case. While a return ticket in and out of the same city used to be cheapest, flying in one city and out of another can often yield better prices. Be open-minded If you’re looking to get away but don’t have anywhere specific in mind, type “Everywhere” as your destination in Skyscanner. This nifty trick will give you a list of the cheapest flights on offer all around the world. If you’re lucky, you could stumble upon your dream getaway! Consider a layover Breaking your flight up will almost always save you money. If you can arrange it so you spend a whole day in a city you wouldn’t mind exploring, you’re in for extra fun. The trick to this hack is choosing a travel path that wouldn’t necessarily be a traditional stop – so, a one-way ticket to Paris followed by another one-way ticket to Buenos Aires might end up being cheaper than a one-way to Buenos Aires whether or not it has a stop. Check flights for one Continue Reading

How to use Google Flights

6 easy ways to find airfare deals Chris McGinnis Updated 11:47 am, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Photo: Peter Biaggi Chris McGinnis getting up close and personal with an Emirates A380 at SFO Chris McGinnis getting up close and personal with an Emirates A380... Google Flights is one of the most powerful, user-friendly, and fast search engines available. While the site has been around since 2011, it has really only come into its own in the last 2-3 years as one of the best places to search for airfare deals. Here's some advice on how to get the most out of this helpful tool: It's easy to get started – just visit and as you do on any search engine, enter your cities and dates. In just a few seconds, you'll see a list of available flights, and the lowest price available. Pick a departure and return flight, and you'll get one or more airline websites to visit, along with the price from each. You might also like: Now Playing: Tech giant Google is using your search engine to create a customized newsfeed. Veuer's Natasha Abellard (@NatashaAbellard) has the story. Media: Brandpoint If you like what you see, then you are redirected to the airline website to confirm details and purchase your ticket. This is important: You are not buying your ticket from Google-- the site sends you to the airline for the purchase. For each customer sent to the airlines, Google earns a referral fee. Super simple, right? But it gets better – here's six tips and tricks to be sure you're getting the most out of your flight searches. TravelSkills with Chris McGinnis sponsored by 1-Use filters to find the perfect flight Just under the destination and dates boxes, you'll see a number of filter options with drop down menus: Stops, Price, Airline, Times, and More. This is where the powerful part of Google Flights comes in – you can use these filters to narrow your search Continue Reading

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: Men with stolen passports had their travel booked by Iranian man identified as Kazem Ali

It's somewhere between the Devil and the deep blue sea. Three days after a Beijing-bound jetliner from Malaysia packed with 239 passengers and crew disappeared without a trace over the South China Sea, there was still no sign of the big bird. Dozens of ships and aircraft from nine nations were searching a Pennsylvania-sized stretch of water between Malaysia and Vietnam for the Boeing 777. But they detected no pinging from the emergency locator transmitter of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, and experts said there was no guarantee they would ever find it. “There is a lot of water for them to cover,” said Jim Hall, former head of the National Transportation Safety Board. For a few hours Monday, desperate relatives — including the families of four missing Americans — were buoyed by reports of the discovery of a yellow object that looked like a life raft bobbing in the sea. Vietnamese rescue helicopters raced to the scene only to discover that it was moss-covered trash, dashing the hopes of the relatives who have been waiting since the plane vanished on Saturday for word of their missing loved ones. “Unfortunately we have not found anything that appears to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” said Malaysia’s aviation chief, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman. “As far as we are concerned, we are equally puzzled as well.” Meanwhile, the FBI joined Interpol in the investigation of two men who were flying on stolen passports bought by a shadowy Iranian known as “Mr. Ali,” a troubling development that raised the sinister specter that terrorists could be involved. Numerous reports identified him as businessman Kazem Ali. “Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are en route to the region to provide any Continue Reading

Travel: Get cheap flight fares, every time

As ecstatic as I was to go to New Orleans last week for a few days of 70-degree weather, po'boys and Pat O'Brien's Hurricanes, I'm pretty embarrassed about how much I spent on my plane tickets because of my poor planning, lack of research and procrastination.Unfortunately, my New Orleans tickets weren't the first ones that I grossly overpaid for. My biggest nightmares of travel preparation have been when I have said to travel companions, "I got these tickets for only $300!" and I receive a response similar to, "Really? I got the same ones for $100 two weeks ago."Even as seasoned travelers, buying airplane tickets can be frustrating because there is no foolproof way to ensure that we get the best-priced tickets every time. However, there is a method to the madness of the flux of flight ticket price.To start your search, it's important to begin looking at fares daily on comparison sites such as, or, as soon as you know your travel dates, to determine a good fare when it comes along. also has a useful fare-predicting chart for every search conducted that advises visitors whether they should purchase tickets now or wait, based on last year's trends.Even though it's always a good idea to begin looking at fares early, it is possible to purchase tickets too early, which is considered more than three months in advance for domestic and four months for international flights. Before this time, airlines don't release many of the cheaper seating options available. Although the best time for purchasing domestic flights is debated by various sources, it ranges from about six to eight weeks in advance of flight time.The dates and times for when you wish to take your flight also influences fare price. Studies show that for domestic travel, flying on Wednesday is the cheapest day, followed by Tuesday and Saturday, while the most expensive days to fly are Friday and Sunday. Also, flying early in the morning at times such as 6 a.m. are Continue Reading

Las Vegas Travel Guide: Flights, hotels, dos and don’ts

LAS VEGAS - My Uber driver was quick to answer when I asked about the biggest mistake Las Vegas rookies make."They tell the cab driver it's their first time,'' he said. "A $12 ride turns into a $40 ride.''Anyone who has endured a longer-than-necessary trip from McCarran International Airport to the Strip — via tunnel and freeway instead of surface streets — knows what he's talking about. It's called long hauling, and it's a pricey introduction to the Western city that never sleeps.Pitfalls abound for amateurs in Las Vegas, which is at once easy to navigate and overwhelming, exhilarating and exhausting, a bargain and painfully expensive.That doesn't deter millions of first-time visitors every year. One in five overnight visitors is a Vegas virgin: newly minted 21-year-olds, spring breakers, partying brides- and grooms-to-be, badge-wearing conventioneers, jackpot seekers, concert and show goers, the turning 30-40-50-60-years-old crowd, overseas visitors crossing a dream vacation off their bucket list.Here's how to be new in Las Vegas without looking like it.RELATED: Strolling the Las Vegas Strip | Las Vegas Happy Hours | Discount Las Vegas | Great Las Vegas views and atmosphere | Best Las Vegas buffetsFLYING: Non-stop flights are plentiful from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport — offered on the hour by American and Southwest — but airfare for the short hop can easily top $200 round trip and soar past $500 for a last-minute getaway.A less expensive option for those who live in the East Valley or don't mind driving there: Allegiant Air at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in east Mesa.Allegiant offers service just three days a week — a single flight each on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays — but the fares can't be beat. Round-trip fares are occasionally available for under Continue Reading

The magic date when summer airfares fall

If you’ve been staying home to avoid peak summer prices, start packing; the cheapest dates for summer fares are just a few weeks away. The magic datesAug. 22 is when average U.S. domestic fares get cheaper; Aug. 21 is when average trans-Atlantic ticket prices will drop. In effect, these dates are the start of the air travel industry’s fall season: When children go back to school, demand takes a dive which prompts the airlines to lower their fares. Fall is cheap and, where airfares are concerned, fall arrives in August. How much you can saveThis varies quite a bit depending on departure and destination cities, and whether routes are non-stops or connections, but generally you can save an average of 11% to 20% over summer ticket prices.Here are some examples of round-trip fares found July 13. The departure/return dates for the summer fares are Aug. 8-15 while the fall fares are for Aug. 22-29 itineraries.Seattle-DallasChicago-OrlandoLos Angeles-New YorkNew York-Paris Best days of the week to fly in August and beyondAug. 22 falls on a Tuesday, generally one of the cheapest days for domestic flights (along with Wednesday and Saturday). The cheap day for international flights, Aug. 21, falls on a Monday and weekdays are generally cheaper than weekends for flying to Europe (but not always, so be sure to compare fares for different days).As always, airfares change without notice so prices shown here may have gone up (or down) in the past few days but generally you can find better deals by flying in late August and beyond (well, up until Thanksgiving anyway). FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney is an airline industry insider and top media air travel resource. Follow Rick (@rickseaney) and never overpay for airfare again. Continue Reading

Flights to Europe for $300 (or less)

 Last last week, I spotted a round-trip deal for non-stop flights in September for Providence, R.I., to Dublin for a mere $273. That’s so far beyond cheap it’s hard to imagine, but put it in perspective this way: The cheapest fare seen for a domestic route on the same dates — from Providence to Los Angeles — cost $407.But since flights to Europe in the $200+ range are very unusual, let’s keep the focus on $300+ ticket prices — and how to find them. All of the following are round-trip fares, including taxes and fees, for specific dates in the fall; some of the routes are non-stop, some are connections. More: European budget airline expands to U.S., promises $99 one-way flights Recent deals to Europe•    Boston - Paris, $332Now for the honorable mentions in the $400-$499 range:•    Chicago - Amsterdam, $469Want more? If you live in Atlanta, there are plenty of round-trip fares in the $500-$599 range and Texans in Dallas or Houston can go to Europe for $600+. How to find deals to Europe• Always compare fares: You never know which airline will have the best deal; the fares shown above are from a wide variety of U.S. and international carriers.• Use a seasonal search tool: Most of the deals above were found using FareCompare’s seasonal/regional search tool but there are others out there; what they do is target the best deals by month or season along with the cheapest destinations in whatever region you choose. The more flexible the shopper can be, the better the deal.• Set airfare alerts: This is for those who know exactly when they want to travel but are willing to wait on a good deal. The shopper signs up for alerts by indicating departure and destination cities and when deals crop up, alerts are sent in real-time (alert sign-ups are found on most fare comparison sites).• Look in deal zones: Europe’s best deal zone is winter, when Continue Reading

Frequent-flier review: Southwest, Delta have ‘cheapest’ U.S. awards

Frequent fliers, listen up. Tuesday is the “cheapest” day to use your airline miles. And you’re most likely to find the lowest-mileage domestic coach-class award tickets on Southwest and Delta.At least that’s the finding of a new report out by, a website that lets users compare travel credit cards based on where they want to fly. The group says it analyzed “over 100,000 award travel date and route combinations among the frequent-flier programs of the five biggest U.S. airlines.” The five biggest U.S. carriers are American, Delta, United, Southwest and Alaska Airlines.The analysis looked exclusively at domestic awards for economy class travel. Among the notable findings:- On average, frequent-fliers will expend the fewest miles or points for award travel on Tuesdays. says “across all airlines studied, prices on Tuesday are 26% lower on average than those on the most expensive day,” which is Sunday.TODAY IN THE SKY: 2017 FlyerTalk Awards: The top loyalty programs are ...- Southwest’s Rapid Rewards and Delta’s SkyMiles were cheapest for awards in the U.S., according to Its analysis found Southwest charged an average of 13,629 miles for a round-trip award. “The catch,” says, is that “Southwest doesn’t fly to Hawaii, or some popular award destinations in the mainland U.S. like Vail and Anchorage.”Delta is something of a surprise at No. 2. The carrier’s SkyMiles program, derided in many frequent-flier circles for the perceived poor value of Delta miles, showed an average round-trip domestic award price of 27,871 miles across all routes studied, according to the analysis. Delta’s average dropped to 20,0001 miles round trip when looking only at routes where Southwest also operates flights – a more limited subset.Perhaps sensing the disconnect between Delta’s strong performance and its Continue Reading

Indianapolis airport to add new airline with 4 nonstop flights to vacation spots

Starting in February, Indianapolis International Airport will have a new airline that boasts nonstop flights to four popular vacation spots, airport officials announced Wednesday.Allegiant Air will have flights from Indianapolis to Las Vegas and three locations in Florida: Orlando, Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida. It's a change welcomed by an airport that, because of airline mergers, had gone from having 13 air carriers to one that's on pace to having just six, with AirTran Airways merging with Southwest Airlines, and US Airways with American Airlines."We're getting another airline at a time when airlines are disappearing," airport spokesman Carlo Bertolini said. "This is good news, especially against the context of an industry that's been consolidating and removing consumer choice. Consolidation means fewer choices for consumers, upward pressure on airfares and less competition."Airport officials said the change will bring the number of scheduled nonstop destinations from Indianapolis to 37, the highest total since 2009. Bertolini said the airport averages about 35 nonstop destinations a day. Last year, daily nonstop flights fell from 46 to 30.Starting Feb. 11, Allegiant Airlines will operate nonstop flights from Indianapolis to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport near Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Orlando Sanford International Airport and Punta Gorda Airport, which is halfway between Fort Myers and Sarasota.Justin Ralenkotter, spokesman for Allegiant Air, said being in Indianapolis goes with the airline's business model, which revolves around taking people from small and midsize markets to popular destinations. The Las Vegas-based low-cost airline is in more than 90 U.S. cities."We felt that there's an opportunity in Indianapolis, and we really wanted to come in and offer an alternative to local travelers to get to their favorite sun spots," Ralenkotter said.Mark Moorhead, president of The Travel Agent in Carmel, sees the addition as a Continue Reading

Tiny Latrobe, Pa., lands nonstop flights to Las Vegas

The small Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pa., is getting regular nonstop airline service to Las Vegas.The Latrobe-Las Vegas route will be on Spirit Airlines, which will begin flying one daily round-trip flight between the cities on April 16. The westbound fight will leave Latrobe at 7 a.m. and land in Las Vegas at 8:47 a.m., all times local. The eastbound fight will be a red-eye, leaving Las Vegas at 10:15 p.m. and landing in Pennsylvania at 5:31 a.m.Spirit is the only carrier offering regularly scheduled flights from the Latrobe airport, which is about 40 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh. Arnold Palmer Regional is about 65 miles from Pittsburgh International, the region's primary airport that sits to the west of Pittsburgh. TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit solicited fliers' hateful comments; What did it hear? TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit Airlines raises checked-bag fee for holidays TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit picks flamboyant yellow as U.S. airlines repaint planesSpirit's nearest competition on the new route will come from Southwest, which flies nonstop between Pittsburgh and Las Vegas."We felt we could come in and offer lower fares to that market," Spirit spokesman Paul Berry tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the carrier's rationale for launching the service.Spirit has grown in western Pennsylvania by using Latrobe as something of a secondary airport for the greater Pittsburgh area. Spirit began flying to Latrobe in 2011, about two years after Northwest ended its route to Detroit and left Latrobe without regular airline service.ARCHIVES: Is Spirit channeling Allegiant, Southwest with major expansion? (October 2010) ARCHIVES: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport took off after Spirit Airlines's arrival (Pittsburgh Business Times; March 2012)Latrobe offers free parking for customers, something the Tribune-Review says "draws many passengers to trek to Latrobe from the greater Pittsburgh area." The airport recently increased its parking supply and Continue Reading