TourismI find cheap flights for a living & helped people save $50,000 in the last 6 months. Giving free advice/searches for the next 4 hours (AMA!) :-)
Jan 19th 2016 by scottkeyes • 50 Questions • 217 Points
So my geeky obsession is finding cheap flights. (I once had 15 minutes of Internet fame for a cheap world trip I took, but that stardom is long gone.)
Though I typically work for hire on flight consulting, I still get a thrill of finding cheap flights for people, especially when they couldn't afford to travel otherwise.
In that spirit, I'm here for the next four hours to help you either with your specific flight searching needs, or general advice on how/where/when to search. There's nobody I like helping more than fellow Redditors :-) AMA!
For humblebrags science, favorite roundtrips I've found:
- NYC to Milan - $130 (normally $800)
- LA to Cook Islands - $471 (normally $1,500)
- Orlando to Bogota - $180 (normally $500)
- San Francisco to Bali - $348 (normally $1,000)
- Toronto to Azores - $271 (normally $1,200)
- DC to Nairobi - $310 (normally $1,000)
- NYC to Paris - $343 (normally $800)
- Boston to Osaka - $519 (normally $1200)
Proof: I wrote two ebooks on free/cheap travel and run Scott's Cheap Flights List, a service to alert people when mistake fares or similarly cheap flights pop up. (You can check it out here if you're interested, but zero pressure!)
UPDATE: thanks for the great questions, everyone! my mind is frazzled from 6 hours of flight searching so gonna hafta sign off. much love and hopefully reddit will let me come back to do this again soon!
Do your books cover all of the methods you use yourself in finding deals, or do you keep some of it secret to keep your business going?
ha! that would be pretty dastardly of me...
no, i don't keep anything secret. it's partially just a matter of practice. i've gotten very good at not only searching, but searching quickly, so i can check a ton of places faster than a layperson might be able to
We're in Buffalo,NY (buf) and are itching to go to Ireland / scotland end of this year. We are willing to travel to get to a cheaper airport if necessary. Any tips or ideas?!
absolutely! here's a nonstop roundtrip from Toronto to Dublin October 7 through 20 for $470 roundtrip.
tons of availability, even over Thanksgiving :-)
beer. no question
one of your books is how to fly for free. Is that possible today still?
absolutely :-) in the past two months i've taken free trips to Mexico and Portland!
Hi. Thank you for doing this Ama. I don't fly very often but this year I paid quite a lot for really short trips (Milan-Madrid 300 round trip) and (Zurich -London 220 round trip). Do you use any particular website to search for deals ? And I have one more question, how does the fly-miles work? It depends on the company or they count between the different airlines ?
my pleasure! and great questions.
i usually use a mix of Google Flights, Momondo, Vayama, and SkyScanner when searching for deals. the specific one depends on various circumstances.
Frequent flyer miles work as a pseudo-currency you can redeem for flights/upgrades on that airline
I'm getting married in New Orleans on Nov. 19th. Any tips on the best ways (beyond signing up for the list which I plan to do) to find cheap flights from Detroit & Chicago to N.O. for specific dates (11/17 or 11/18)?
found some on either day for $145 one-way.
roundtrip is gonna be cheaper than two one-ways ($268 plus they're nonstop) so i'd recommend that if you have a return date in mind. either way both prices are pretty decent. you could wait around and hope they'll fall, but the max they'd fall is like $40 or $50, so might be worth it just to lock in the decent price now since it's a pretty important trip!
Wow, thanks for taking the time to look :) that looks great
my pleasure :-) hope it works for you!
Wow this is neat... Shot in the dark since my needs are kind of specific, but if you're still doing these, I need to get from San Francisco to Toronto on July 12, then Toronto to San Diego on July 18, and then from San Diego back to San Francisco on the 25th-ish (maybe a day later). Is there any hope for me?
this may be my greatest challenge yet...
so i think you're looking at around $500 all-in, which honestly i expected it to be more.
don't try to book it all as one trip. instead, book 3 separate one-ways
SFO-YYZ: $208 YYZ-SAN: $204 SAN-SFO: $85
you could try holding out for a little bit better, but i probably wouldn't risk it
Haha, well i read your 15 minutes, and stated to be open. I am extremely open to wherever. I live in Los Angeles, and bad experience with Mexico, but that could have been just because it was just shy of San Diego. I am a fan of people, but cuisine, and sites would be more inticing.
how about Rome? checks all 3 of those boxes :-)
I just booked me and my husband two round trip tickets to Greece for about ~650. Going in April leaving from Iah. Was this a good deal?
yep! i'd estimate that fare would typically cost north of $800 per person, so i'd say you did well :-) have a blast!
Roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to Orlando, anytime from early June to mid August, @1 week between arrival and departure?
best bet looks like $209 roundtrip on Frontier in early/mid June. dates have some flexibility. be aware that Frontier has bag fees
Would you have any advice booking a trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas? The dates I was looking at were 06/09-06/12. Thanks
if you can make it 6/8 through 6/11 the price drops from $261 to $93
Looking for YYZ to LIM and back. Depart June 3 2016. Return June 17. A day or two either way is ok. Can you help?
ya, lookin at $459 USD