The most popular question that I get is,” How do I travel on a budget.” I mean outside of choosing to starve, doing without new clothes/shoes, or working OT like a maniac, there are couple websites and apps that I find useful to keep me from overspending. Keep in mind that in order for you to travel on a budget you must fit your schedule to the deal and be ready to jump when the iron is hot.
1. Google Flights
This is my favorite option to search for flights because I can use it anywhere. I can use it on the desktop, my iPad or phone. However, it’s easier to use on the computer for certain features like the explore mode. Another reason is that it allows me to track the price for multiple airlines and it will keep tracking the price and alert me when the price increases and decreases over time. The only airline that I notice that is never included is Southwest but I’m signed up for their emails so I never miss out.
2. @The Flight Deal and@FareDealAlert
These are two twitter accounts that I follow that post flight deals all over the country. Honestly, you should never worry about what airport the deal is coming out of because most times it’s cheaper to fly/ride to that city and grab the deal. For instance, a lot of international deals come out of Fort Lauderdale/Miami airports. My flight to Cuba was $99 one way from these airports. If I attempted to get the same flight to Cuba out of Nashville it may be $800.
Right now, Southwest has a deal from BNA to FLL for $60 one way. If you book this flight it will be $120 + the flight for FLL to HAV which would be around $200. You just saved $480 before taxes and fees.
Never be afraid to switch airlines. I used three going to Cuba but can get confusing (LOL).
3. Fareness and Skyscanner
I just found out about these on a late night travel obsessed binge. I would describe these two as the app versions of my precious Google Flights. Out of the two, I prefer Fareness the most because it has a feature the most like Google Flights’ explore mode. I love being able to choose the continents I want to focus my search. Skyscanner’s explore mode is different and bases the options on the type of trip you want to go on. For example, they have options for solo travel, traveling with groups and kid-friendly. My favorite part about Skyscanner is it give a me the option to hoard my flight options.
4. Airfordable & Sites Like It
I’d recommend first to always get an airline credit card before trying this website because the credit card interest is cheaper over time, especially if you are a responsible person. However, it is a good option to use if you can not qualify for a card. I’m not endorsing this company but a friend did use Airfordable and liked it. It doesn’t save money but it helps you get the flight at the price you like while breaking down the payments in small increments. If you are worried, if you cannot keep up with the payments they release the ticket but the funds can be used towards another flight.
Do you have any websites or tips that you can give me that is not listed? I’m always down for a coupon.