Hi my name is Kelsey and I'm addicted to looking up flights.
Honestly, I'm searching flight prices at least once a week, usually to Ohio - trying to figure out if weddings, birthdays, holidays and for-no-reason long weekends - are in the mix but also frequently to various cities around the world - trying to figure out if two-week-adventures and once-in-a-lifetime vacays - could also possibly be in the mix.
And sure, I love my Delta and Southwest apps. They make it easy to search (and book) flights that don't take a lot of planning or have a lot of flexibility but recently, I've discovered a few sites that make searching for travel, in a budget-friendly manner, easier than ever. Read on, share on, fly on ✌️
To be completely fair, I trust Google with so many more parts of my life than I probably should. Email, photos, Drive, calendar - if it has Google's name and tech behind it, I'm using it. What I love about Google Flights is how easy and intuitive it is to use. Their flexible dates allow you to figure out what dates can save you some cash and their notification option will let you know if there's a significant price change on specific flights you search.
This lifehacker article shares some other fun features - like the "I'm feeling lucky" button which puts your next trip in Google's hands. All you do is tell them what days you want to get away and they'll find the locale that offers the best deal.
Aside from loving the aesthetic of their site, Momondo of course makes it easy to find cheap flights but what I really love about it is how easy it makes it to actually *book* your flight. As an aggregator, it can get complicated when it comes to actually ponying up for the tickets but Momondo clearly communicates where it's taking you and what you're paying for.
Probably the best thing about SkyScanner is how easy it is to search an entire month of prices at one time. If you're kind of sort of just browsing / day dreaming / wanderlusting you can get your fix on SkyScanner. It will either quickly crush your dream when you see how much it costs to fly to Rome in the fall or cause you more anxiety by convincing you that you can in fact afford a trip to Rome in the fall.
Personally, I prefer Hipmunk's app over their website. It's super easy-to-use and lets you filter your search results by price, value and travel schedule so you don't get stuck thinking you saved $50 but added 4 hours of travel to your trip. Typically, if something seems too good to be true, it is but Hipmunk helps you smell out the SB beforehand. Side note: they don't include Southwest in any of their search results so it's always best to double check their before hitting buy.
I've never used Kiwi but I've heard that it should be a go-to for international travel. We're planning a trip overseas for early 2017 so I did some initial research on Kiwi and it was super easy to use but seems to have trouble recognizing smaller airports. I wasn't seeing any results out of the Greenville-Spartanburg airport but once I refined to flying out of Charlotte, options were endless.
If there are more out there that I missed, share, pleeeeease! Gotta stay up on that airfare hunt.