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cfHeadThe holiday season is upon us and many of us are planning trips. A question I get all the time is how can I find a cheap flight?  To answer that question, I will cover 3 cheap flight websites for your flying escapades – 2 of them have worked great for me flying from the United States to all over the world and the last one was suggested by the MakeUseOf founder Aibek Esengulov for being a great website for finding flights from Europe to elsewhere.

So hopefully we have got you covered with these 3 sites:

CheapFlights (US only) – CheapFlights is my first go-to cheap flight website to start looking for inexpensive flights. I have probably used them over 100 times in the last 5 or 6 years. I consistently find good deals and most of the time at the last minute.

cheap flight websites

The beauty about CheapFlights is that you can let the site tell you when it would be the best time to fly. By checking the check box on the homepage that says your dates are flexible, it will do the leg work for you trying to discover the best date and time to fly for the best price.

Go ahead and fill out where you are coming from and going to select your flexibility and hit the find deals now button.

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cheap flight websites

Once you hit that button, the site will do its magic searching like so:

cheap flight websites

You will see the dates are scattered over the next month or so – see if one floats your boat and click on it to go to the corresponding site and book it!

Next up is Cheapo Air. Cheapo Air has international flights both ways. When you get to their homepage it will look like every other major air flight finding service but it will find you some seriously cheap flights – there might be 2 or 3 stops or even a layover – but if cheap is your goal here you will find a flight.

extremely cheap last minute flights

You have to specify an exact date and time range to where you are going and it will find you the cheapest rates available.

extremely cheap last minute flights

Cheapo Air returned cheap flights as you can see below:

extremely cheap last minute flights

$219! That beats our original site by $70. For someone looking to to save some money, not bad! The trip includes 1 hour and 2 minutes of a layover in Atlanta and they switched my home airport from JFK to Newark, not bad!

Our last site is called SkyScanner which does United States flights as well as European flights. SkyScanner should be your site of choice for booking flights that start or end outside of the United States.

cheap flights usa internal

Fill out your information and let’s see what she returns”¦

cheap flights usa internal

So going from the United States to the Bahamas costs a lot more from here, but looking for airfares from the United Kingdom to New York we see some great deals:

cheap flights usa internal

They let you build your round trip by selecting one flight from the left and one from the right.

You can find some great deals from all three of these sites.  But I’m sure there are plenty of other sites where you get your cheap flights from. Feel free to share your favorite sites in the comments!

  1. Stephen Downes
    December 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I wouldn't use a U.S. based service to find cheap flights in Europe because cheap flights are usually short-term offers to locals - so for European flights use Europe-based services like (note that on any of these flight sites there will be different selections and fares to different audiences - will have more expensive flights to resorts than even if they're form the same destination.

  2. Scot
    December 3, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Hey Karl,

    Jsut a quick note to say 'Thanks!' for the mention in your blog. We're new to the US, so any suggestions or feedback that you may have is definitely welcome.

    Enjoy the site!

    Scot Carlson
    Country Manager, US and Canada

  3. Katie7
    December 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Good suggestions!
    One more value-addition:

    This website is excellent if you want to buy yourself cheap flights/ airline tickets.


  4. Martino
    December 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Karl,

    I think all 3 of the sites mentioned above are fantastic. However, in addition to meta-searchers, don't forget to mention directories too.

    For example, lists over 130 budget airlines worldwide and the routes they fly. Instead of focusing on price, we tell you which budget airline flies a specific route. This flexibility allows us to list airlines which price comparison engines may choose to ignore.

    WhichBudget also links you directly with the airline's website where you book your ticket, hence there is no middle man's commission: we always ensure you get the cheapest price.

    Please do have a look at and do let me know what you think. All comments are welcome.

    Martino Matijevic
    Founder & CEO, WhichBudget
    martino whichbudget [dot] com
    Twitter: @WhichBudget

  5. MikeVertx
    December 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

    echm... (searches cheapflights, orbitz, hotwire, etc) (same as sidestep)

  6. Jonny |
    December 2, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Cheap is awesome. Highly reccommended

  7. James
    December 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I like a lot ( - they have a lot of low cost, and the interface is pretty nice.

  8. Jerry Chance
    December 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Cheap flights??? Come on America!! Haven't you heard yet that our beautiful world is on the very edge of a cataclysmic event - namely Global Warming! We have ALL simply got to stop this madness of burning up what small oil resources that remain in our precious world. For the future of our children and our grandchildren, we have to explore every possible way of reducing the incessant release of ever more CO2 pollution into our atmosphere - before it's too late! And that includes flying of course.

    Love, Light and Peace

  9. gummih
    December 1, 2009 at 9:38 am

    The best in my opinion is

    It's just so easy and powerful

  10. Simakuutio
    December 1, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Oh well, one is still missing:

    This is my favourite, for obvious reasons.

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