One of the most difficult and most daunting aspects of travel for many people is the process of finding a good deal on a flight. Searching through countless sites and not knowing if we are getting the best deal can easily become a point of stress and frustration since most us only purchase airfare a few times a year, if that. Since it is not something that most people do regularly, it can be hard to know when to buy and if we are getting the best deal, especially when we need to purchase our flights last minute.
Big travel sites promise its users the best deals, and for a traveler who feels unqualified to know whether or not they are getting is a good deal, trusting one of these sites seems like a no brainer. After all, these big travel sites are widely known and have big advertisement campaigns, so the have to be legitimate right?
Well not exactly. After comparing over 27 different travel sites, including big names such as Expedia and Priceline, we have found that there are numerous small search engine sites that offer flights with prices incredibly lower then the big names. Here we have complied the top 7 websites that will get you the best last minute travel deals. All of the searches were based on travel dates just a few days out, and all of the following sites brought back results that were sometimes hundreds of dollars lower then the best deals on the large travel sites.
Not only does Momondo.com provide its users with really great travel deals, but they also have an attractive and easy design, which makes using the site enjoyable. With features like the price calendar, which allows you to view and compare the best price every day of the month for months in advanced, to the best-fit flight control panel, which allows you to easily control your preferences on how much time and money you wish to save, Mommundo is impressive and should be on your list of beat travel sites to use.
Hipmunk.com is another site with an easy to use and attractive design. With this site you don’t have to worry about being digitally assaulted by pop-up windows and tons of advertisements like you are when you use some of the larger sites. One of the best features with hipmunk is it allows you to view your flight searches in a convenient timeline, making it easy to visualize your options and time in transit. They also offer a price graph that allows you to view the lowest roundtrip fare between two locations over a 90-day period.
Vayama.com is another site with a simple and attractive design, which I found tended to make searching multiple locations over different dates less stressful and overall more enjoyable. This site is great because the home page it saves a list of your most recent searches and the best current price for those searches, making it the process of gong back to a previous search incredibly simple.
Skyscanner.net was in the top three of all the flight searches I did. Easy to use and again, a simple design with little advertisement made this site enjoyable to use. Plus getting back really well priced flights puts this site at the top of my list. This is a great site for travelers from any country as they have options for 30 different languages and extensive different currencies. Skyscanner also has a very convenient phone and tablet app, which makes last minute, on-the-go booking easier then ever.
Lastminute.com was also in the top three, as it gave some of the best results and has convenient options for people all over the globe. Again the site is simple and easy to use, and gives you options to book last minute activities along with your flight, hotel and car rental. The flights leaving from or traveling within Europe were especially lower then most other sites I researched.
I found the cheapest flight leaving America and traveling to Europe on Dohop.com, $500-$700 cheaper then the big travel sites, putting it in the top three. The site is easy to navigate and has many international options making it easy to use in many different languages and currencies. The search feature makes it very simple to modify your results, and there is a nice map feature that lets you see how far the airport is from town or your hotel.
Matrix.itasoftware.com may not have the artistic look and feel of some of the other sites, but don’t mistake its simplistic manner, this site is a powerful tool to have. The thing I love about this site is it gets down to business, no frills or catches, just simple and useful information. This site is a product of Google and, as a result, is a good gage of the best prices on the market.