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1. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

So I know about sidestep and the stie associated with Travellerspoint. What I am wishing for is a website that lists airfares from one city, to just about anywhere. Reason being is I am not picky about where I go. Obviously, I have my preferences, but they appear to be the pricier destinations at the moment. Since I am trying to travel on a budget at this point in my life, I was hoping to find just about the cheapest ticket possible.

Sidestep helped me out bigtime earlier this year. I caught an amazing deal from them in February, making it to Europe and back for $420 USD. I realize that a lot of fees went up, but I was hoping to go somewhere for a great price again.

Coming back to the major point, is there some wonder site that can show you airfares from San Francisco for instance, and find the cheapest tickets to the a major city. Somethign that will compare like 150 destinations over a range of times and tell me the best deals? I am assuming not, but one can hope. Otherwise, just a lot of research awaits.

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Yes, but how much did you spend once you got to Europe? I can't agree that your way saves any money. What good is a good fare to a destination if hotels and living costs are sky high? I used to go to travelzoo, but any more it's just a pile of ads. Airfarewatchdog is good for domestic, but international is pretty barren. Smartertravel is quite good for ideas, but your best bet is to scan the international airline sites on a regular basis (many sale fares are never announced). I just saw one tonight at the Air Asia site (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Perth, Australia for USD61. one way!)

3. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

sign up for emails/newsletter from major airlines/websites, thats where they usually announce their sales etc and you might be able to get in and get something cheap!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Purdy here on TP referred me to Kayak--and it's been the place where I've found the cheapest tickets. In fact, we got tickets at half the price the airlines were offering--and we're flying the same dang airlines. Have a look!

5. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

Daawgon, I actually am very experienced at living cheaply, so I got by on $850 USD for a little over two weeks. After all, staying in a hostel is the best way to meet people, and I can say that from experience now ;). Even that was splurging every now and then, and the places I am looking to go are even cheaper than Europe, so I am not too worried.

Jaxstar84 and tway, thanks for the advice, I will definitely do those two.

6. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

Have you tried skyscanner.net? I haven't used it but i've seen pretty good deals on there...

7. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

Angela_,

Thanks. This is along the lines of what I am looking for. For select countries, it is EXACTLY what I want, giving really loose requirements. Unfortunately, it is limited to a very select few in that regard, like UK, Ireland, and countries associated with the USA. I am thinking that I won't find this miracle site, so I will have to just use a combination of the useful ones out there.

I really appreciate the responses.

Daniel

[ Edit: Edited on May 31, 2008, at 2:58 PM by Danielsw25 ]

8. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

This may not apply to you Danielsw25, but if you happen to be or wish to travel to Australia, www.webjet.com is pretty sweet. Lists out all airlnies and its prices are up to date.

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

This won't help you much, but I like to fly charter. Brussels-Cancun for 250 EUR return or Duesseldorf-Miami for 200 EUR return. In Germany, Belgium and Austria LTur is very neat for that as well as Air Berlin on some routes. Unfortunately I have no freaking clue what agency/website to use when you intend to leave the USA...

10. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

i often use bookingbuddy.com which allows you to put your information in, pretty much from/to anywhere in the world. then it has links to all of the cheap sites: expedia, kayak, cheaptickets and so on. Then you click their link and each one will give you their fares. I usually find the best deal and often book directly with the airline to avoid the service fee. One thing i have noticed, is if you are going to book directly through some airlines (ie. BA), cheaptickets will charge you in dollars, whereas BA will charge you in British Pounds and the ticket will turn out more expensive with the exchange/credit card fee. something to think about.