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Cheap Air Fares FAQ

• How to get the most from this page
• TMFKojo's article
• General travel info
• Consolidator info
• Bid for tickets
• Travel portals
• Airfare search engine
• "Space available" flights
• Courier flights
• Discount airfare sites
• Youth travel sites
• Airlines: U.S.
• Airlines: Canada
• Airlines: Europe
• Airlines: Central/South America
• Airlines: Africa/Middle East
• Airlines: Asia
• Airlines: South Pacific
• Airline quality
• Safety & security
• Other online fora

How to get the most from this page

Welcome, Fool! If you're looking for great investment ideas, well – this isn't the board for you. We're here to help you save money the next time you take to the skies. You'll have the best chance of success if you do some homework first before posting a request for help, and the links you'll find below will give you a great head start.

First, there are two articles that I think everyone should read. Not coincidentally, they're the first two links you'll find below. One is TMFKojo's article from October 2000 detailing the air fare search procedure she uses, which is an excellent starting point. The other is the Bucket Shops FAQ, which gives great insight into the strange, warped world of air fares.

Start by snooping around various sites to see what you find. At each site you visit, make sure you read the "fine print". Some sites' prices don't include taxes or fees, others do. Some show only tickets that are actually available, while others will "bait and switch" you with low, albeit sold out, fares. Some sites have poor reputations for customer service – check previous posts on this board (or post a new one) to see if anyone has any opinions on a ticket vendor, good or bad.

Don't overlook airline web sites, as they sometimes have Internet-only specials. Others may offer a nominal discount for buying a ticket online. If you want, many airlines will e-mail you their latest specials each week (Icelandair's Lucky Fares are a shining example). Some airlines hold online auctions (Lufthansa and TAP Air Portugal come to mind) that can be a great source of bargains.

There are also those "no-frills" airlines that are simply cheaper than the rest. Europe is bursting at the seams with them – Go, easyJet, Buzz and Ryanair are the main ones. In the U.S., Southwest is the king, but others are popping up. And in Canada, WestJet provides welcome relief from Air Canada's stranglehold.

If you can be a little flexible in your travel dates, you may have better luck finding cheap tickets. Play around with different combinations of dates – some sites will do this for you automatically. You may also find better deals by flying out of or into alternate airports. You may want to look into "open-jaw" tickets, where you fly into one city and return from another – these are usually no more expensive than ordinary return tickets, but can come in very handy. However, not all online ticket sites offer open-jaws as an option.

Don't limit yourself to the Internet. Sometimes, a professional travel agent can find better deals than you can, so don't hesitate to ask. Call a few travel agents and see what they can find. If you're in a larger city it can be useful to check travel agencies in ethnic neighbourhoods, as they'll likely specialize in cheap fares back to the "mother country".

Finally, when you post your request for assistance on this board, be specific. Tell us where you're flying from and where you'd like to go. Give us as specific dates as possible, both outbound and return. And tell us what cheap fares you've found so far. We'll do our best to try and save you some cash.

Happy travels!

TMFKojo's article:

Consolidator info:

Airline Ticket Consolidators and Bucket Shops FAQ

General travel info:

Budget Travel


In Your Pocket (city guides)

Lonely Planet

Practical Nomad

Rick Steves Europe

Travel Library

Bid for tickets:

Daily Auction



Sky Auction

Travel portals:




American Express


Airfare search engine:


"Space available" flights:


Air Tech

Courier flights:

Air Courier Association

Air Courier Directory

Air Courier Travel

Global Courier Travel

Discount airfare sites:



11th Hour Vacations

Adventure Bound



Air Treks (multi-stop & round-the-world specialists)


Big Ben's Travel

Cheap Tickets

Discount Airfares

Discount Flights

Economy Travel

Europe By Air (cheap flights and air passes)

FareBase (U.K.)


Fly Cheap

Go Today

Herman's (Canada)


My Travel

Only Travel


Smarter Living

The Travel Site


Travel Secrets

Travel Select

TravelSITE (yes, a different one)

Travel Team



Web Flyer

World Wide Air

Youth travel sites:


Council Travel

Kilroy Travels (European)

STA Travel

Student Universe


Note: there are literally hundreds of airlines operating around the world – far more than I care to list here. For a more comprehensive list try here:

Airlines: U.S.

Alaska Airlines

America West

American Airlines

ATA (hubs in Chicago and Indianapolis)




Hawaiian Airlines

Horizon Air

JetBlue (Around the U.S. to/from New York)

Midway (east coast via Raleigh/Durham)

Midwest Express (to and from Milwaukee, Omaha, K.C.)

National Airlines (to and from Vegas)


Pan American (New England & Florida)



U.S. Airways

Airlines: Canada

Air Canada

Air Transat

First Air (across the Arctic)


Airlines: Europe

Aer Lingus


Air France


Austrian Airlines

British Airways

British Midland



Croatia Airlines

Czech Airlines






KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

LOT Polish Airlines





Olympic Airways


SAS Scandinavian Airlines

SN Brussels Airlines (formerly Sabena)


Swiss International Air Lines

TAP Air Portugal

Virgin Atlantic

Airlines: Central/South America

Aerolineas Argentinas






Airlines: Africa/Middle East


El Al

Iran Airlines

Kenya Airways

Royal Jordanian

Saudi Arabian Airlines

South African Airways

Turkish Airlines

Airlines: Asia

Air China

Air India

All Nippon Airways (ANA)


Cathay Pacific

China Airlines

Japan Air Lines

Korean Air

Pakistan International Airlines

Phillipine Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Thai Airways International

Airlines: South Pacific

Australian Airlines

Air New Zealand

Malaysia Airlines


Airline Quality:

Airline Quality Ratings

Epinions: Travel

Seat pitch


Safety & security:

Am I going down?

CIA World Factbook

Come Back Alive – The World's Most Dangerous Places

Deep vein thrombosis

Inflight Safety Page

Practical Nomad: Advice to air travelers

Travel Advisories:
U.S. State Department:
Government of Canada:

Travelers tips & prohibited items

Other online fora:

EuroTrip Cheap Flights Forum

Flyer Talk

TMF: Best Travel Spots/Tips

Again, happy travels!

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