Well I'm kind of in information overload right now so I could really do with some help from you guys. I'm from the US and am looking at a few options for my next trip but to be honest, all this price comparison stuff on websites is getting me totally sidetracked and taking up too much time..I'm an experienced traveller but not such a whizz when it comes to the internet!
Are there any places you would recommend in particular for booking through? Above all else I'm obviously looking for something reliable and trustworthy (I've seen some $100 flights where I'm preeety sure I won't be going anywhere - if it sounds to good to be true...) It would also be great to get the sites which have good deals as well.
I guess that's about it then. Thank you for your suggestions and taking the time to read this. All replies appreciated!
For flights I pretty much just always book direct with the airlines myself. I use something like momondo (more Europe focused) or kayak (more US focused) The only time I don't do that is for complicated trips and then I actually go to an 'old fashioned' offline agency....
You might get some better replies if you could tell us which options you were considering.
Which countries were you looking at, for how many people, what time of the year, for how long and do you want a package deal or are you ready to do it yourself?
It is a big difference whether you are looking for a package deal to Europe or for flights to South America.
FYI, there are some flights within Europe and also some package deals that are ridiculously cheap, so those 100 USD deals really do exist.
[ Edit: Edited on 15-Oct-2009, at 14:22 by t_maia ]
Sam gave the advice I would give. Use kayak for a side by side comparison. Momondo to compare with the kayak price. I suggest that you join 'priceline'. Once you have your price from kayak, momondo or the airline, then check priceline. Offer a very low price, say $50. It will be rejected, but will give you an idea what they charge. I also suggest you join 'sky auction'. Free and you can see what others have paid for your trip. Be sure to add all the extra charges for a real total. Good luck with your planning.
Try the agents (Kayak, Opodo etc.) get their prices and once you see the cost and who you're flying with, get in touch with the airline directly. You could be pleasantly surprised at how much cheaper they are than the agents.