The Top 3 Best Travel Websites to Search When Flying

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Remember that one time you suddenly realized you had neglected to buy airfare for two of your six family members for THE family vacation…..Annnnnnd there was say, only about a week and a half until said family vacation….Yeah, that was today. Two of our family members were about to experience their own version of Home Alone.

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As you can imagine, I spent the majority of my morning matching up flight times and prices. It turns out that even in a panic, I am still extremely  budget conscious.  My frantic airline research was simplified by a few  travel search engine sites that you simplymust to know about! I’ve included my top 3 favorites for you in case you ever need a last-minute flight. Keep in mind, these are great for planning ahead too. 😉

The Top 3 Best Travel Websites to Search When Flying

Airfarewatchdog: This is one site I check weekly, whether I have a trip on the horizon or not.  This site will allow you to search every low fare leaving a selected city that particular day. That’s a great feature if you are itching to get out-of-town with no particular destination in mind or maybe you are up for a little weekend getaway. They will also send you an alert if a certain flight you are looking for goes on sale.

Skyscanner : Skyscanner is a travel search engine that searches every airline and travel deal site charging no search or booking fees to you. Once you’ve found your chosen flights, hotel or car on Skyscanner, you are taken directly to the website of the travel provider to make your booking and pay directly with them. I found it pulled the lowest rate of any search engine every time.

ITA software by Google: ITA Software is a travel industry software division of Google. ITA’s airfare search and pricing system is now used by travel companies such as Orbitz, Bing Travel,, CheapTickets, and airlines such as American, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin Atlantic.

Using these sites, I was able to find and book our last two remaining flights at the lowest rate of the day. In fact, they were even lower than the original flights booked.  In my defense, I hadn’t completely forgotten about this trip. We have all been looking forward to it for a while but some of the flights had to be booked by an agent.  I had just been waiting to find that “perfect deal” for the others. I may have just cut it too close to the deadline this time.

Thanks to these great sites, I feel confident in the price I paid and all the Chases will get to enjoy the beach together. Stay tuned for more awesome travel tips, reviews, and deals over the next few weeks. It’s a big season of travel for the Chases!

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  1. Good to know. I usually book directly through the airline or Expedia!
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  2. Wow! Those are some new sites that I have never heard of before…and we travel a lot. Will be checking out some plane fares this afternoon. Thanks for sharing this.
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  3. So glad to hear about these! I am headed to Portland next weekend for my nephew’s high school graduation. In August, the hubs and I are headed to Mexico for a wedding. Need to get a family vacation in there, somewhere, but I’m thinking we’ll probably drive. #lotsofpeople #mostlysmallchildren 😉
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  4. Love these! I had not heard of Skyscanner so will have to try that on our next trip. Traveling with 5-8 people as we often do can get expensive when flying. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. We do not fly often, but with 5 it can get expensive quickly. I will Pin This article to remember where to go next time we book travel. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  6. This is so helpful Alice, thank you so much for sharing! My husband and I are starting to plan a trip (destination TBD) for early next year, so I”m totally bookmarking this post and using those sites later. 🙂 Thanks again!

  7. I’ve never heard of these sites before, I’ve got to check them out now!

  8. Great Advice! I always miss Skyscanner for some reason! I’ll try to remember next time.
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  9. I am not sure where we will be traveling but thanks for listing such wonderful sites. They will be helpful in the future.
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  10. thank you for this information I usually book our hotel through Priceline and that is how I booked our trip to Ca. Now I know i have other options. Again thank you.
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  11. Thanks for sharing these sites! We are planning a big family vacation next year, so I will have to keep an eye on these sites.

  12. I use Expedia a lot when I travel! I have found a few good deals through Orbitz, but I have never heard of these ones before. I will have to give them a try
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  13. My grandparents would like me to visit them in Spain this year and I would definitely keep these websites in mind if I decide to visit.
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  14. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says

    We don’t fly very often. But these websites will be nice to have in case we do decide to go somewhere soon!

  15. Perfect timing for this as we all start making our travel plans. I have not flown in so long that I had no idea where to start to help us save money – thank you.
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  16. This is perfect timing with summer trips coming up now. I can’t wait to start planning our vacation time!
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  17. Great post! I usually use Expedia or Priceline when I am traveling.
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  18. I haven’t heard of these sites but I bookmarked the now. Glad you were able to work it out. We will be flying to Denver and to Wisconsin this summer. Looking forward to both trips.

  19. Oh wow, I could use all the discounts possible with all the trips I have lined up this year. I’ve used Airfare Watchdog bit I’ve never heard of the others, I’ll have to check them out!
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  20. These are new ones to me! I’ve been using Kayak and it’s been great for me, but I’ll try these too!
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  21. Those sites are totally Culkin, I’ll give them a try with my next plans to fly!
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  22. Wow ! I have never heard of these I will have to check these out!
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  23. Not flying anytime soon but my friend and her husband will be doing a lot of traveling where these sites will be helpful to them.

  24. We are driving for all of our traveling this summer, but we did use some online pricing tools for our hotel! I am so glad there are tools out there like that to help us!
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  25. These re great sites to know about when I start traveling again. I know how expensive air fare can be!
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