Since I’ve been lucky enough to travel and have a mother who is into “points and miles” as we like to call it, I thought it would be fun to pull together a quick (and definitely not all encompassing) post on sites that we go to for traveling. Here we go (in no particular order):
- Sky Scanner: Super helpful if you don’t know when or where you want to travel but you have flexibility. I would say that is the key to being successful on Sky Scanner. If you’re looking for a new adventure, play with some dates and destinations. Or, select “everywhere” and keep your options open.
- Hopper: While this isn’t technically a website, its an app (which is close enough). I’ve mentioned this on the blog before but this is great for tracking destinations. I just got my friend into Hopper because it’s great to use as a “set it and forget it” tool. If you know you want to visit a friend in say, Nashville and are waiting for a cheap weekend to open up, you can plug that in. Hopper will let you know when the best time to buy is. It uses historical data and an algorithm to predict when the best prices will be. Although its not 100% and prices sometimes drop, I’ve found it to be helpful.
- Google Flights: I’m sure you’ve all used this one and although it doesn’t include every airline out there (specifically Southwest), it’s a great place to start your search and gauge the prices you are likely to see. It’s very user friendly and helps you set a baseline for the average cost of your specific trip.
- Matrix ITA: Although this takes a bit of work, you can find ahmazzzzing deals. There are a bunch of tutorials online on sites like Youtube, points and miles bloggers (there are too many to list!), or even Google that can help get you started on this tool.
- The Flight Deal: If you’re interested in TFD, I would recommend signing up for the newsletter. I receive it daily and although I don’t always get to look at it (don’t tell my mom), it alerts you to the best deals going on right now. One thing I wil mention is that these tickets go fast. Since they can be mistakes on the airlines site, flash sales, etc. they don’t tend to last long. If you have time off and are open to travel, this is a great site to check daily.
While these are just a few that we check on the reg, there are TONS more out there. Let us know your favorite travel sites!