When you are looking for airfare deals the only way to ensure that you’re finding the best deal is to spend the time and search all of your options. The more comprehensive you are, the better deals you will find and the more confident that you will be that you’re getting the best possible price.
Below you can see two searches that were done about two months before the departure date. These were researched using airline direct websites, online travel agencies and meta search sites (which direct you to a booking website in order to make your purchase).
Because there is no online travel agencies and meta search website that works with every possible airline carrier, you can never really be totally sure that you’re getting the best deal.
Boston to Las Vegas from January 9th to January 11th
|United Airlines||312||United Airlines|
|Southwest Airlines||423||Southwest Airlines|
|American Airlines||503||American Airlines|
PRO TIP: Always also try a search using an incognito window. When searching for the fares from New York to Miami using Kayak, the search that performed using an incognito window, which hides your cookies from the website returned different results than a regular search.
New York City to Miami from January 9th to January 11th
|Kayak Incognito Window||217||Frontier / American Airlines|
|CheapAir||220||Frontier / American Airlines|
|AirTkt||232||Frontier / American Airlines|
|American Airlines||233||American Airlines|
When looking for international fares there may be even more options available, which means more searching. This includes both meta search sites, like SkyScanner, as well as Online Travel Agencies such as eDreams and Opodo. When searching for international flights, also keep in mind that if you have a credit card which does not charge currency conversion fees, it can be cheaper to purchase your flights from a non-US website, just be sure to convert the prices to $USD when you are comparing fares.
|SkyScanner||491 / €396||Norwegian|
|SmartFares||627||Swiss / United|
|Travelocity||635||Brussels Airlines / United|
|Lufthansa||643||Lufthansa / United|