Finding a flight is often the first step in booking any well-deserved vacation. However, with fluctuating prices and availability, it can be overwhelming to shop around.
Thankfully, whether you are looking in advance or for last-minute travel, there are many ways to find cheap flights through airline fare calendars, travel packages, and online travel agencies.
To find the best price, be sure to compare airline prices through direct booking and OTAs. As such, we rounded up tips on how to find the best travel deals from airlines and third-party sites for flights and accommodations.
As cheaper flight options become available, we will continue to update this story for the best travel trends and deals during summer 2021. For more chances to save, check out our roundup of the best deals from Amazon and across the internet.
Here’s where to find the best deals from airlines:
Alaska Airlines: Save money by using Alaska’s cheap flight search to look up low-cost days to fly one-way from participating cities.
American Airlines: Get deals and discounts on flights, cruises and packages where you can earn thousands in rewards miles to put toward future travel.
Delta Airlines: Find low prices by browsing Delta’s deals flight page that offers the best price to and from select cities on specific dates.
JetBlue: Save on flights and vacation bundles through the JetBlue deals page with promo codes and discounts.
Southwest Airlines: Save money with the low fare calendar showing the cheapest flights to and from select destinations.
United Airlines: Save 5% on flights if you are between the ages of 18-22 or use the low fare calendar to find cheaper flights. United also has discounted package options that can include flights, hotels, and rental cars where you can save hundreds on select bundles.
How to get find cheap flights from online travel agencies and booking engines
There are two types of third-party or OTA (online travel agency) websites for booking airfare, and in many cases, hotels as well.
Sites like Google Flights, Momondo, and Kayak are search engines that will show you price and date comparisons across airlines. Once you pick a flight, it will send you to book directly through the airline at the quoted price.
OTAs like Expedia, Priceline, and Student Universe also lets you book deals through their websites. While OTAs can offer cheaper flights and deals, they may prove to be a headache if you need to change or cancel a flight, as communication often has to be done through them, not the airline. Checking both search engines and OTAs can help you narrow down the best prices.
If you’re looking to compare prices of flights, Kayak, Google Flights, and Momondo can help you save money by comparing airline prices, finding you deals on packages, and checking predictions of flight prices.
For deals on bundling, Expedia is good for finding cheaper airfare through its daily deals roundup showing the lowest price for specific days and destinations for different airlines. Priceline has an Express Deals option where you find out the exact details after booking.
Additionally, Student Universe can help anyone over 15 years old save up to 30% on flights, hotels, and more.