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1. Posted by gucisanyi (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I am from Hungary, for three months in US. I shall fly very much (New York, Los Angeles, Dallas). Where can I got cheap airfare offers on the internet?


2. Posted by LA976 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I travel a lot and just found a site called Travelgrove. Seems like they compare all the big travel merchants on one page... Pretty cool.

Take care and good luck

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey gucisayani,

Never does one website have all the cheapest prices, nor even necessarily all the large travel websites. I often will go to each and then go to the actual airline's website to check what they sell as well. Another (better) option is to try to tack your airfares onto your international flight. Often you can get them at severely discounted prices that way - much better than booking a lot of individual tickets!! If you are booking a RTW ticket for example, these are usually based on kms and so if you add a few extra stops within your allocated kms you won't incur much extra charge at all (apart from airport taxes).

Cheers, Peter

4. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

At the risk of making Sam and Peter angry with me for linking to commercial sites I will put a couple of them up here that are commonly used in the US for booking flights.

I always start off with the different airline's pages in case they are having a sale that isn't offered to ticket resellers.

Here are a couple of sites to check out if the airline's seem to high.
Hotwire will at times have insanely low fares, the catch is that you don't know the exact time of your flight, or your airline until AFTER you have booked your flight. They are usually a good one to check though. I bought a roundtrip from NYC to Seattle for $200 US total, including both ways with them last year, it wound up being on American Airlines, which I don't usually fly with, but you can't beat the price.

There are a lot of other sites you can book flights over the net with in the USA, but the ones listed above are probably the best known ones in the States. Like Peter says though, don't just go to one site and book a flight, check a handfull of them first if you really want to find the cheapest fares.

5. Posted by LA976 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


why would he go to each of those individual sites when the site I mentioned has all of those sites integrated. Just take a look.


6. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I just took a look at Travel Grove, that is a nice site and I think that I will start using it as well.

I still highly recomend searching individual airline's websites for deals that they don't offer to resellers, but after that Travel Grove does seem like a nice site. The only problem I had there was two of the sites that they link to did not load correctly when I tried to use them.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hmm.. I gave the travelgrove thing a go- it doesn't actually work on my browser - nothing but a blank screen as a result. Also no real option for one way flights that I could easily find. Guess I'll stick to the major sites :) even if it did work.. it is still worthwile checking the actual airline's prices as these can often be lower than advertised on the booking sites and I believe there are some smaller airlines that aren't even on these websites.

Also when you are in Europe rather than the US, there are a plethora of budget airline options that can't be booked through any booking system because that would cut into their very slim margins too much. It takes some sleuthwork to get those prices usually

For me, travel agents have usually come up with the best deals. Particularly when you are coming from overseas, you are MUCH better off trying to tack it onto your ticket. There are also these airfare vouchers that you can buy to use in the States (kind of like Eurrail I think), which could save a lot if you will be travelling in the US from overseas. I think it has to be tacked onto your international ticket though.


8. Posted by gucisanyi (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I'm still in the USA, so I can't book flights in Europr, but there are the domestic US-Flights very expensive.
Travelgrove was a good tip for me, because I don't know the supplyers, so i could compare the prices there, I bought also a ticket from New York to Los Angeles. I used Netscape 7.1 and a don't had any problems.

So, thank you all for the replies.

9. Posted by mtlguy01 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

Another good site I found to compare ticket prices is -snip-. You have all the major
airlines and you can compare vacation packages as well. Hope this helps.


[ Edit: sorry, no website promotion in the forum please. ]

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Sorry, I had to snip that last website -- as a new user posting under a username (which has since changed) that matched the website mentioned, it was too suspect to let it stay there. Please consider this carefully when looking at any of these websites, as there is no way of guaranteeing that it isn't spam (it's clearly less likely to be spam if posted by a long term member).

Funny, after this thread started there was a big article in the paper two days ago about finding cheap flights online!!! I'll try to condense it somewhat for those interested. If you want the full story, it was in USA today on Friday. I'll quote some parts, but don't want to be infringing any copyright laws here.

There are a number of websites mentioned. One of the keys to getting these low fares though is flexibility and the ability to compare different dates, times, airlines and retailers to figure out the cheapest is the way to go. It is also useful to access some historical data. For instance; ' uses Department of Transportation data for more than 6000 city pairs in the contiguous USA to spotlight the average one-way fare, cost per mile, number of passengers and fare of both the lowest fare airlline and the largest carrier between the two markets' lets you compare some average fares from a number of cities in America (not the BIG ones though). Kind of nifty actually to get an idea of peak seasons, etc.

Finding the cheap tickets from consolidators and budget airlines is another key to getting a bargain. ' doesn't sell tickets but claims to offer a daily snapshot of the best domestic and international fares offered by more than 100 consolidators and airlines' - this includes airlines like Jetblue and Southwest, which you wouldn't normally get to compare. Be wary though, because taxes aren't included in the costs and of course this can add up pretty seriously!! is a tool to check expedia, orbitz and travelocity in one go (and see them all on screen). I think the idea is to use hotwire or priceline to get a cheaper price than those suggested though. The betterbidding forum discusses a lot of these things. Problem here for me though was that it didn't work on my browser (admittedly Safari on a Mac is still reasonably obscure although it is at least the no.3 browser out there at the moment).

If you don't necessarily care where you want to end up, but just want to get there cheaply you could also use, which simply highlights the cheapest deals available on the internet from a variety of websites.

If you are using Windows and Internet Explorer (us Mac users get snubbed here), you could try using a service like, which well let you do comparison shopping, including those low fare carriers.

Finally, from the company that developed the Orbitz search technology, there is a comparison shopping tool as well. This doesn't actually let you book through them, but manages to get the best deal from a wide variety of airlines and lets you set how far the airport can be from where you want to get (up to 300 miles).

Good luck to you bargainhunters out there - I hope all this information is of some use to someone