Travel plans can become expensive, so it’s important to find savings wherever you can. Once you get about four to six months out, you’re looking at flights that don’t have many people booked on them, where an airline can take a few flights out of the schedule and just move the few booked passengers onto other flights, and that’s where you are seeing meaningful fare increases,” he said.

Add to that its decent filters, a flexible dates whole month” calendar and graph on every search, the ability to search for destinations in an entire country rather than just one city (you can even type Everywhere” in the destination field for a list of cheap fares from any departure airport), and our verdict is made clear: We suggest never booking a ticket without checking Skyscanner first.

When you’re shopping for airline flights, a nonstop flight is always preferable to one that gets you to your destination via an out-of-the-way pit stop that adds hours to your trip and also uncertainty by raising the odds of delays or missed connections.

We love the Hopper app because it gives us a heads up about which cities around the world will have dropping airfares in the coming month It does this with maddening levels of research, analyzing price data from millions of flights to figure out what’ll be cheap in the coming weeks.

Condé Nast Traveler shares many of the best flight deals on social media, but for those even more obsessed, it’s hard to beat the convenience of flight deal blogs like Scott’s Cheap Flights , Airfarewatchdog , SecretFlying , and TheFlightDeal , which are constantly posting deals from around the world.