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Flight Finder

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Whether you have a specific destination in mind or are just looking to escape the four walls of your home, we’ll help you compare flights to find the best value for your next trip. Our flight finder leverages technology from Skyscanner to round up all your options, from budget airlines like Spirit to top-tier flights from Delta. Plus, get tips for scoring deals, discounts and promo codes to make your escapade even cheaper. Some flight booking sites, like Orbitz, even have loyalty programs so you can rack up points — in addition to regular frequent flyer miles — along the way.

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6 sites for booking cheap flights

There are dozens of travel booking sites out there, but these six are our favorites for booking cheap flights, thanks to strong loyalty programs and top-notch technology designed to find lowest rates every time we fly.

  • Tip: Keep in mind that some airlines, including Frontier, Allegiant and Southwest, don’t always show up when you search on travel booking sites. So if you’re not happy with what you’re finding on one of the below sites, try searching directly with the airline.

Momondo

Everyone from famous travel blogger Nomadic Matt to users in Reddit discussion boards agrees that Momondo has some of the cheapest flights around. We love that you can choose “Anywhere” as a destination, and it’ll find you the lowest rates from your home airport. For instance, from Los Angeles today I can fly to Vegas for $40, Denver for $38, Dallas for $43 or Atlanta for only $75.

Momondo also makes it easy to toggle between days of the week, which can be key to booking the cheapest rate.


Skyscanner

We love Skyscanner because it doesn’t use cookies to track your search history, which means prices won’t spike just because the Internet knows you’re in the market for a plane ticket. And when it’s time to book your flight, it’ll send you directly to the airline to book, which means you won’t pay booking fees. Buying directly from the airlines also streamlines any changes or cancellations you might need to make later on, since you won’t need to go through a third party to get a refund.


CheapAir

Orbitz’s search engine does the heavy lifting for you, giving you plenty of flight options to choose from.

CheapAir makes the list because of its Price Drop Payback, which promises to pay the difference if the cost of your flight drops at any time before take off. To take advantage of this after you book a flight, go to the My Trips section of your account, choose your itinerary and select to see whether the fare has decreased. If it has, then CheapAir will pay you in the form of a credit for future travel.


Orbitz

Orbitz has a best-in-class rewards program, which gives you 1% back in points for every flight you book — and double that if you use the app. This rewards program is best for folks that frequently stay in hotels, because you can get up to 4% back when booking rooms, all in addition to whatever miles you’re earning through your travel credit card.

  • If you book a $300 flight through the app, you’ll earn 6 Orbucks — that’s $6 off your next hotel booking.

Kayak

Kayak is a handy way to find cheap flights because it shows you tickets from Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant, budget airlines that usually sell roundtrip flights to warm, sunny places for less than $100 a pop. When you find tickets you like, it’ll send you elsewhere to book the ticket — so you won’t be on the hook for third-party booking fees.


Skiplagged

Skiplagged’s sophisticated technology scrounges up “hidden” flights that you can usually only book with a layover in between. United Airlines even sued the founder, a young entrepreneur with a knack for complex coding, but (thankfully for us) Skiplagged won, so you can go on finding those special loophole flights at super-low prices.

11 ways to get bumped up to first class

1. Join the frequent flyer program.
Many luxury airlines let you trade in your hard earned frequent flyer points for upgrades. This option might not be free, but this way you are guaranteed to get that upgrade on your flight.

2. Bid in a flight upgrade auction
Again, this option might not be a freebie, but it does increase your chances of getting an upgrade for cheap. Many major airlines let you “bid” for a seat in a better class. You nominate how much you’re willing to pay and if you’re the highest bidder before a designated period, you could win that premium seat.

3. Download upgrade apps.
Get notified as soon as possible so you can nab the limited number of discounted upgrades available. Due to launch later this year, Seatfrog is designed to notify those who have registered their flight with the app when the airline is offering discounted upgrades prior to departure. Those looking to step up a class can name their price through the app.

4. Don’t go for the special meal.
It might seem like an odd tip, but if you can deal with the options on the onboard menu, opt-out of having a special meal. These meals are linked to your seat number, so airlines generally don’t upgrade anyone who has nominated one.

5. Fly during quieter periods.
During peak times you’ll find that business flyers will fill up the business and first class seats leaving nothing for eager upgraders. Fly during quieter periods and you’ve automatically increased your chances of snatching up one of the spare seats on board.

6. Timing is everything.
Be early or be late, they both have their benefits. If you’re early then you could be the first one to be offered an upgraded seat. If you’re late and you haven’t been assigned a seat yet, then there’s a chance that the flight has been overbooked for your class and you could be bumped up. Of course, being late has its negatives too, including missing your flight, having the upgrades take by those who arrived early or being bumped to the next flight because your flight is full. That’s the risk you have to take.

7. Make an impression.
There’s a lot of advice going out about complaining about something, playing to the emotional side of the person at the counter or just generally being nice and complimenting them. We’re leaving it on this list because some say it has worked for them. Feel free to try one or the other, however there’s no guarantee it’ll work.

8. Bump yourself off the plane.
If the plane has been overbooked and you can sacrifice the waiting time, nominate yourself to be bumped off the plane on the provision that you be upgraded on the next flight. If the airline can accommodate for this request, they might very well honour it.

9. Dress to impress.
Some people swear by this one and it can’t hurt to look like you belong in first class when at the airline counter.

10. Don’t let a delay get the better of you.
Every time I’ve been upgraded, a flight delay has played a part. I haven’t complained about the delay, I’ve either just been automatically given an upgraded ticket at the counter, or been called to the counter at the gate to exchange my ticket for one with a better seat. Make of that what you will.

11. Use your status.
People with titles like Dr or Judge can sometimes be upgraded purely because of their status in society. The same goes for those with diplomatic passports.

Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, though it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 2021. It recommends that you delay travel if you are not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.

When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.

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