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Trying to find the cheapest flight - GOOD LUCK!

Travel Forums General Talk Trying to find the cheapest flight - GOOD LUCK!

1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Trying to find the cheapest airfare between two cities? That's a problem that even advanced mathematics and super computers can't solve. There are so many different fare options available, that, according to the article Behind the Fiendish Complexities of Airfare Pricing from Wired magazine, the <airline pricing> system is so complex that the problem of finding the cheapest airfare between two cities is considered mathematically unfathomable. According to a paper from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics provided by ITA, "the problem of finding the cheapest airfare from point A to point B is unsolvable."

However, all hope is not lost! Well you may not agree with mileage running, you can learn a thing or two from these road warriors who spend their time looking for ways to maximize their airline miles through the lowest fare. In the article We Love to Fly and It Shows: Inside the World of Mileage Running, the author provides this tip for finding cheap flights, which I've used in the past to find the best deals:

Use the interactive maps at Travelocity or FareCompare to find a cheap round-trip flight from your home city.

Best of luck!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Interesting... but let's not give any further publicity to this 'game' of mileage running, invented by a bunch of retarded, well-off idiots / environmental criminals, shall we? ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 12, 2007, at 12:32 AM by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

That sure sounds cool Greg.
But I tend to be lazy about using things like the research u have found and just catch bargins, when they are advertised.


4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

I think this website is a helpful one as well:

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