Flights & Airfare

In the past, trying to find reasonably-priced airfare may have caused you anxiety, frustration, and a powerful urge to pull out every strand of hair on your head. Find direct flights that are nonstop, avoid early departure times— or try our Best Value filter, which sorts based on price, duration, and additional factors. Be sure to check the major travel Web sites as well as individual airline sites. As previously stated, you want to compare the airfare rates of different airlines.

Check prices at the Southwest Airlines’ site, too; it’s the only U.S. carrier that doesn’t share airfare data with other sites. Flights in the First Dibs zone do cost about $50 more per ticket than flights in the Prime Booking Window (the most affordable zone), on average.

4. Demand: Airlines know when people want to fly such as the summer months and major holidays, so they raise prices during these peak travel periods, knowing people will pay. The new regulation thus introduces a higher floor-to-ceiling ratio, which could prompt airlines to set higher minimum fares for flights.

Ticket prices are different depending on where you’ll be flying from. Some of our Humanitarian Flights flights have reduced penalties and refund ability for the times when flight changes are needed. You can also set up fares alerts to track prices over time. Flights tend to be cheaper during the early morning and late night, and during the middle of the week, as opposed to weekends.

Watch sale expiration dates: Many airfare sales expire after three days; others may last only a day or so. If you see a deal you like, hurry. Like the previous search engines, Kayak lets you set airfare alerts for just airports using exact travel dates. Airlines may think that makes for a viable plan, but we don’t.