Airfares / Air Travel - Useful Tools and Tips
If I buy a flight through BootsnAll, it will be using ticketless travel. I have heard on the Rec.Travel.Latin-America newsgroup that one person in Peru had her ticketless voucher not accepted for a return flight to the United States.
What are the chances that some airline functionary on the ground will demand an actual bona-fide ticket?
I would be interested in hearing any or all opinions on this issue.
I'm already aware of TravelZoo and site59. If it turns out I won't be working, I'm going to want to jump on something last minute. I'm extremely flexible about the "where should I go" part as just about anywhere will be preferable to Seattle. Thanks.
quote:Does anybody have any recommendations for "last minute" airfare websites?
I go to Smarter Travel for their last minute fares. They've also got a weekly email that will show you last minute (and not so last minute) trips from your airport of choice.
Speaking of site59, a friend just pointed me to this little coupon site, that has some good discount codes, incl. $100 off a weekend trip!
Apparently, site59 discount/promo codes can be found at countless places around the net, just w/ a little Googling...here's this one for now.
Site 59 Discount Codes
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. ---St. Augustine
Mostly, I just use Kayak and Travelocity and keep putting in places I'd like to go around the dates I'm looking into but there must be a more time-saving way to do this!
I do have one helpful tip however...
BTW, Travelocity no longer allows searches for international destinations using the flexible date feature. BUT you can get around it by using their affiliate: Zuji.com. This is an awesome website to search for destinations using flexible dates - but their booking fees are very high compared to Travelocity's. So, once you find the dates you want, return to Travelocity US and book your dates!
And for a question for anybody, what about cheap flights from europe to america? it's never been hard to find a flight going from america to europe cheaply, but the other way always seems more expensive. that's all for now, happy travels
You can go to their site here and look at whatever page for special sales they have. This one , which unfortunately only applied to tickets bought before 12/29, had killer airfares like $330 RT MSP - LHR, which would be more like $420 - $480 after takes, but is still an unusually good deal.
Otherwise, I've always had luck just looking at websites in the area to get good deals. Another trip I took was Chicago - Los Angeles - Fiji - Sydney - Hamilton Island (Whitsunday Islands) - Sydney - Chicago all for $1400 USD. But, that was on Southwest, then Air Pacific, then two different domestic Australian airlines, etc.
Sometimes you find where you're going and then google airlines in the area. For instance, it's cheaper to fly across the Pacific from LAX than Chicago, so take a domestic flight to LA first.
Excellent website for finding hard to find/unadvertised frequent flyer promotions. I just found this - AFTER I had already booked three different tickets that could have yielded me an additional 15,000 bonus miles on United - had I registered beforehand!!!
Mile Maven: Frequent Flyer Promotions and Programs
FlyerTalk, especially the Miles and Points forums. There's a lot of really great information on these forums... offered up by some really serious points-jockeys...
The following website is so useful, especially for business travelers. It also has a button you can install on your google toolbar with a drop-down list of updated airport (trouble-spots) information - I find myself checking it compulsively, even when I don't have a flight scheduled:
FlightStats: Track Flight Status, Airport Delays, etc.
to the city and the little Long beach airport is so cute.
Important to remember- If you book the 2 flights separately on separate carriers you will need to tranfer your own bags so leave a little time between flights
I also try to use Kayakand Skyscanner when looking for even greater comparison. What would be really useful would be a search engine that searched all the search engines...is that possible?!
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