5 Tips: How do you find the best airfares?
Here are some tips to share:
1. Kayak.com –This is a great search engine if you know how to use it. Input your area airports (not just the single specific airport) and then use flexible dates. A matrix will appear and you can see exactly what your options are. For example, if you are leaving from New York City and going to Paris -make sure to input “New York -all airports”. You may not want to go to Newark or JKF, but if the fare is $300 lower, you just might find you feel differently.
2. Search nearby departure airports. In the NY area, we are not far from Philadelphia. That means that for minimal trouble you can fly from Philadelphia too. Sometimes the smaller (relatively speaking) airports cost significantly less. Almost all the flights from Philadelphia to Paris were $1000 roundtrip and they were NONSTOP!
3. Search nearby destination airports the same way. If you are going to Paris, why not fly into Orly? It’s small. Customs takes 5 minutes (really) and it’s closer to Paris than Charles de Gaulle, so transport is cheaper. When I did this search I found a $900 flight from Newark to Orly. For $900 you can arrive in Paris Christmas morning and stay until the 30th –and the flight was a nonstop!
4. Expand your definition of “nearby”. European destinations are often very very close together… a train ride away. For example, I just searched Newark to Brussels. Why? Because a train ride of a little more than an hour is all that separates those two cities (and Brussels is quite beautiful over the holidays). The fare was $850 roundtrip for a nonstop. That is amazing. I do this for a living, and I haven’t seen this fare level in several years!
5. Keep track of sales. When you see one airline go on sale, that means the others are likely to follow suit, maybe not that day….but soon.
On this point, it’s important to remember the immortal words of Bogart…
“If you don’t get on that plane, you’re gonna regret it…maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.”
So, take that trip! Wherever you decide to go! “We’ll always have Paris….”