Over the years travel websites like Orbitz have changed the game of travel. Or so people think. The truth of the matter is, most travel agents (at least the good ones) laugh at a lot of these websites. Why? Simply put, those sites have no brains behind them. They simply show you what you request, and don't think of different routes to try or places where it could buy a wholesale fare. That's why I want to take a few minutes and show the travel websites that will get you cheap flights.
Kayak.com As a travel agent, many of us would use this website as the index for what people would expect to pay for a flight. Of all the travel websites out there, Kayak was the only one we measured against. I always recommend this site to people in a rush.
Vayama.com A trade secret, though not for much longer. Unlike many other travel website, this one has access to wholesale fares, and you will often find flights here cheaper than anywhere else. The catch? These special fares are usually only worthwhile on international trips.
Wholesalers. While this isn't one website, it's worth it to search for the term "airline consolidators." This is an age old industry trick, where you buy at wholesale and sell at retail. The secret is leaking out; many companies are getting smart and selling directly to consumers. Call them up for a quote and compare it against your travel agent's price: this tells you how much they make if you buy with them.
Travelocity.com/lastminutedeals. As I mentioned earlier, most of the big cheap travel websites don't offer much value, but I have used Travelocity's last minute deals page on several trips.
Swabiz.com This gives you access to Southwest Airlines web only fares. Probably the best website for cheap travel. Seriously.
In conclusion, you can learn more about cheap travel websites at www.travel-smarts.com
Adam Costa began his travel adventures at the age of 19 with a round the world trip across thirteen countries. He has worked as a North American tour guide, running tours in Canada, Mexico and all over the United States, from San Francisco to Boston to Key West, Florida. Currently, he works as a travel agent, and continues to dream of hitting the road.
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