Free Resources for Finding Cheap Holiday Flights

Posted on 09/30/2009

It may seem inevitable that you’ll have to pay more for airline tickets over the holidays compared with flights throughout the rest of the year. But thankfully there are free resources for finding cheap holiday flights. Just think-- if you can score a cheaper flight, then you’ll have more money for buying presents! (PS - For up-to-the-minute flight deals & coupons, we recommend checking the UltimateCoupons' Holiday Travel Deals page regularly!)

Kayak - Kayak is a search engine for travel sites. (Think Google for vacationers.) Plug in a few details about what you’re looking for and Kayak will search hundreds of sites for the best bargains. It’s not just for flights either. You can check for hotels, cruises, and rental cars, too.

Yahoo! Travel - Check out the Trip Planner under Yahoo! Travel. It’s a free resource that will make planning holiday travel fun. It allows you to save hotels, maps, photos and more so that you can share it with family and friends. This is a great tool if you’ve got a group of people trying to plan the holiday trip together. You can also browse other people’s trips to find inspiration.

Bing Travel - Farecast combined with MSN Travel to form Bing Travel. The site is a great tool for finding cheap airline tickets because it tells you whether ticket prices are dropping, increasing or staying steady. That way you won’t buy your ticket when they are most expensive.

Yapta - Yapta claims it saves its members an average of $306. How? You tell Yapta where you want to go and it tracks airfare price drops. You can even tell Yapta the price level at which you should be notified. Another free service offered by Yapta tracks tickets you’ve already purchased and lets you know if the price has lowered. Often you can qualify for a price adjustment and get money back if that does happen. That way you never have to wonder if the person sitting next to you got a better deal.

By Alison Storm

BabyAge - Make sure you have everything you need for traveling with infants & young children! Stock up & save 10% on all baby gear with coupon code babygear09. Expires 10/01/2009. - Receive up to a $100 rebate on your hotel stay when you book through 11/30/2009. The more nights you book, the more you get back! Plus, check out the other great holiday travel deals at the Ben's Bargains Travel page for flight, rental car, and vacation package deals.

Orbitz - Save $50 on a 4+ night vacation with coupon code AORB40. Expires 09/30/2009.

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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