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Sep 9th 2016 by briankidwell • 5 Questions • 5458 Points

We're three professional cheap flight finders here to donate our time to helping any Redditor who has questions about finding cheap flights or wants help with a particular trip! Ask us anything :-)

Our bio's:

  • Scott and Brian run Scott's Cheap Flights, an email list to alert people when mistake fares or similarly cheap flights pop up. In the past week, we've alerted subscribers about roundtrip flights to India for $212, Colombia for $209, Barcelona for $399, Barbados for $157, and dozens more. (If you're interested you can check it out here: Scott's Cheap Flights, but honestly no pressure!)

  • Vlad is the co-founder and also a flight hacker at Flystein. Flystein is a personalized flight search service for individuals and teams. Our experts help you save money on flights, using various travel hacking strategies that beat the traditional search engines. We specialize on international flights, taking into account all of your preferences, and help you save an average of $250. Find out more here: FlyStein.com.

  • Beck founded Nomadfly - Nomadfly is a simple online course and travel community that shows you how to find cheaper flights by breaking your itinerary up and buying one way tickets to more destinations, paying as you go.

Our Proof:

UPDATE: Due to popular demand and my complete inability to say "no" we ain't stopping this AMA at the 4-hour mark! Thanks again to all you A1 redditors who've been signing up for Scott's Cheap Flights. Fingers crossed it doesn't get the good ol Reddit Hug Of Death :-)

UPDATE 2: Taking the dog out for a quick walk. Will be back in 20 and try to answer as many of your questions as possible! <3 <3 <3 Okay back now!!

UPDATE 3: Still chugging along! Trying to get to as many people as we can. Also Flystein has had a Reddit Hug of Death, but you can still signup for their monthly newsletter.

UPDATE 4: u/beckisprobably from Nomadfly is back! We're spread out around the world (USA, Thailand, and Italy) so some of us had to get some sleep :-) We'll keep doing our best to answer questions. Thanks again Reddit!

Q:

Looking at Scott's emails that I have received (I am a premium member, but only for a couple months) I haven't seen Boston mentioned for any flights to Japan. I have seen deals to India, Vietnam, Beijing and Taiwan though. Boston seems to be mentioned a lot for the European deals and South American/Caribbean deals though. NYC on the other hand (if you can get there easily) has loads of very low priced deals to Tokyo.

A:

We sent one out back in June, but like you said, they're more common from NYC :)


Q:

What's the best time to book flights? Are there really 'the best days' and 'the best times'?

A:

depends where you're flying. in general, for international flights i recommend booking 2-6 months in advance. any longer than that and you miss out on future sales, any sooner and the price usually spikes.


Q:

Do you clear cookies between searches or use private mode browsing?

A:

Scott Keyes: I have basically never found a difference. I think this is an urban myth, or hasn't existed for years. Didn't a reddit user once offer a $10k bounty for someone to show video proof that incognito actually led to cheaper flights?


Q:

No but I've found sometimes if I tell the search engine I'm booking from a different location, in a different currency I can save quite a lot. Haven't managed to do any proper testing yet, seems like a big beast. (And for me it's worked on one way international flights, long and short haul)

A:

These guys did a study on it a couple years ago. Interesting results: https://www.goldenfrog.com/blog/save-money-on-travel-with-vyprvpn


Q:

How do I find reasonable prices to Orlando from EWR/PHL/Trenton for a family of five?

A:

a few ways! the more flexible you can be with your dates, the better your chances of finding cheap flights. also be sure to search Southwest separately since their fares don't show up on search engines like Orbitz.