BEST SEARCH ENGINES
FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK
As most of you know, there are many search engines that you can use to obtain cheap flights to New York. These include Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, Hotwire, Kayak, Cheapotickets etc.
There ARE many other search engines from which to choose. It's my personal opinion that Travelocity provides the lowest fares around. I've spent a lot of time searching all the available sites in many ways. I've submitted the same departure and return dates from the same city on ALL the sites, on multiple occasions. I have found the Travelocity returns the best fares, every time.
However, in the interest of fairness, I've provided other search engines that you don't always hear about. They include:
Airfare Watch Dog
Provide your e-mail address and the airports to which you’d like to travel. They'll notify you when a good fare is available. Alternatively, you can search their companion site, Booking Buddy (www.bookingbuddy) for a thorough search of all airlines to your destination.
A little complicated site that allows you to search out the best fares and routes. Although ITA doesn’t let you book tickets, it directs you to other sites or travel agents.
As the name suggests, you can snag last minute flights, vacations, hotels, and more for a very reduced rate.
The Mobissimo search engine performs real-time queries of the multiple websites that travelers traditionally check manually plus dozens of others that are often overlooked.
Side Step searches over 200 travel websites to bring you great value on the web. You can sign up for a daily email alert about the ticket price. This will tell you if the price has gone down or up from the previous day. This will ensure that you snag cheap flights to New York!
Vayama is a booking site that specializes in international flights and is known to have access to private deals unavailable elsewhere.
Travel Fusion compiles prices and travel results from third party suppliers and sends you directly to these sites to complete the ticketing. Readers seeking cheap flights to New York have reported getting lower prices at this site than at Kayak.
Travelocity has consistently provided me with the best fares around.
Trip Advisor features a flight search engine that includes all the well known sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, etc. and the prices include all taxes and fees.
Tracks airfares and predicts, based on historical data and knowledge of the airlines’ pricing details, if a price is going to go up or down in the near future.
CHARTER FLIGHTS: SAVE BIG!
Charter flights are one of the most overlooked ways to find cheap flights to New York and many other destinations. Unfortunately, these low-cost charter flights do NOT show up on Expedia and other searches. Two of the most well known are Condor (condor.com)and Air Transat www.airtransat.com).
When you search and book through these sites is very important. Tuesday seems to be the cheapest day to look and book. You might find a low fare one day, the next day it might rise. So, wait it out until the price comes down again—just a few days. Many of these sites have alerts that will apprise you of when the price comes down.
STUDENT/TEACHER TRAVEL RATES
ANYONE CAN ACCESS
There are many agencies and websites that serve students and teachers with fantastic fares. Some tickets require student or youth status, however, the good news is that most do not. The following groups provide customers with super requiring cheap fares!
STA Travel has almost 200 offices in many countries around the world. There is one in New York City located at 10 Downing Street, New York, New York. You may use the search engine on the link provided above or telephone them at 212-627-3111 or toll free at 800-777-0112.
Student Universe is an online student and teacher travel agency with very cheap tickets. It is the largest online travel agency for students in the U.S. featuring cheap student travel and especially cheap airline tickets for students. Why use Student Universe? When you are looking for cheap travel you should make sure you get your student discount. Some Student Travel Agencies charge $22 for an identification (ISIC) card, but Student Universe does not.
Council on International Educational Exchange
The Council on International Educational Exchange, in existence since 1947, has loads of U.S. offices that specialize in student and budget travel. Their main office is located at 205 E. 42 St., New York, NY.You can telephone them at 212-661-1414 or 212-661-0311 or toll free at 800-800-8222.
GOT YOUR TICKET? GREAT SITES FOR
A MORE RELAXING TRIP
To make your trip as pleasant and relaxing as possible, check out these sites as well. Remember, the more you organize and plan in advance, the better your experience will be.
For a $50 annual membership, you’ll enjoy small rebates when you book through C Fares. Although each rebate may range from $8 to $20, it can add up quickly especially if you fly a lot. A reader reported finding a flight from Paris to New York for about $220, less than any other search engine found, plus the rebate, brought it down even more!
Don’t settle for a terrible middle seat! Prefer an exit, premium or bulkhead seat? Use Expert Flyer’s tool to snag a better one: “seat alert.” When your desired seat becomes available, you’ll receive an e-mail. This site is great for frequent fliers as it helps search out awards and upgrades! The service, which comes with the site’s $9.99 a month premium subscription, also includes alerts for frequent flier awards and upgrade tickets. You can also get their basic subscription rate of $4.99 per month. Compare and decide.
Find the best spot in the plane for you! Launched in 2002, Seat Expert includes seat maps for over 50 of the world's top airlines with over 300 detailed seat maps in all! Seat Expert will show you which seats are the most desirable on your next flight, as well as which to avoid at all costs.
Find the best seat before your fly. As you know, there are huge differences between airline seats on different airlines and different kinds of airplanes. Seat Guru includes more than 700 airplane seat maps from nearly 100 different airlines.
FREE TICKETS VIA CREDIT CARDS
One of the best ways to score FREE and cheap flights to New York is through credit cards. Though I am not a believer in having more than one credit card, applying for credit cards which provide free airline tickets is another thing!
We had mileage points redeemable for 1 United States flight which was expiring unless we flew by the end of the year. We were not planning a flight and only had the one free ticket. However, we were offered a deal. Take out a United Airlines credit card for no fee, spend $250 before year’s end, and earn a free airline ticket. I took the deal, spent the $250 dollars, earned the ticket, and cancelled the card. This might not be ideal for someone who has spending issues—which of course, as author of this website, I do not. (Many of these cards have high interest rates.) But, if you can take the credit card, use the airline tickets, and cancel and shred the card. It’s a fabulous way to get cheap flights to New York or anywhere.
FREQUENT FLYER CLUBS
Want cheap flights to New York? Well, this is the ultimate way: FREE. Frequent Flyer clubs provide excellent opportunities for scoring free tickets. If you don’t travel a lot, consider an airline that frequents cities you visit. When you accumulate enough points for a free trip, do book your trip as much in advance as possible. This will avoid certain black out periods. Need helping keep track of your points and knowing when points expire? Try AwardWallet.com. It’s free.