13 Responses

  1. MileHi
    MileHi at |

    I’m still learning to Miles / Points and award travel. Tips like this are very helpful. Still expanding my horizons! Thanks!

  2. Richard Chen
    Richard Chen at |

    This is precious yet simple advice for the too many friends who ask me, where should they travel this summer & they’ve yet to book?

    Personally, I don’t fly much in the summer due to social obligations with area friends, but if I were to, I’d indeed do it by cpm’s and PCU possibilities.

  3. Ralf
    Ralf at |

    any special website for finding the cheapest fare anywhere ???

  4. Noah Kimmel
    Noah Kimmel at |

    best search tool when you know your destination is Hipmunk.com, but that will not give you “every destination.” For those, check out the specials on each airline and the OTA sites, then try and book yourself. Additionally, airline getaway/vacation desks sometimes have great deals if you combine with a hotel and/or car

  5. The Deal Mommy
    The Deal Mommy at |

    Mine is similar, but with a different focus :”Think about the experience, not the destination.”. For instance, I’m headed to Tenerife soon as an alternative to Spain. Same experience, but hotels are about 50% cheaper because it’s off season. And since I was able to book a low level Delta Skymiles ticket, flying was covered!

    http://thedealmommy.com/my-mothers-day-gift-12-days-in-europe-this-summer-for-916-including-airfare/

  6. Lee
    Lee at |

    @Ralf
    Personally, I have been using http://www.kayak.com/explore/

  7. Phil
    Phil at |

    Ah I understand the philosophy, but really for me I have so many specific destinations in mind that I really want to hit them all up. So for me the focus is more about how I can get to one of those destinations as cheaply as possible. Maybe I should open up to the fate of pricing a little more!

  8. PanAm
    PanAm at |

    Chase the fare has really become our philosophy as well for many of our trips. We have some destinations we really want to see but like you, want to go basically anywhere and everywhere. Last Oct we were deciding where to go over Thanksgiving when a DL/KL mistake fare popped up and we were off to AMS. Recently decided to go to IST for this Thanksgiving when ~$525 NYC-IST fares were up a couple weeks ago…fit pretty well with my VDB vouchers.

    A lot of people look at me funny when they ask “why AMS/IST/etc” and I just answer – because it was a good fare and why not?:)

  9. Steven
    Steven at |

    your fare finder on your site is great.. is there any way i can download them all into a spreadsheet so I can more easily manipulate that data? please let me know..

    1. Seth
      Seth at |

      I don’t have a data export available at this time, Steven. I will consider it but there is a ton of data there so appropriately filtering it seems like a critical aspect of the process. Is there something in particular you’re looking for?

  10. Steven
    Steven at |

    Well, i’m working on scripting some alerts for myself, as well as trying to scrape some extra fare details.. mainly YQ/YR and a few items in the rules that are important to me (re: stopover rules, i love free stopovers!!) as well as routing… but i need a good list/databse of basefares to start with/query.

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