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  1. Deb
    March 16, 2021

    I’ve had this site bookmarked for 7 years and just opened it up again to find invaluable information! Thanks so much, Talon!
    Cheers!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 16, 2021

      That puts a smile on my face! Thanks!

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  2. Ali
    August 13, 2016

    Great tips, Talon! Always worth taking all pieces into account, like the extra fees for checked bags or having to print your boarding pass at the airport. I’ve never used Momondo, I’ll have to check them out. The layovers are a big deal, too. Since Andy doesn’t like to fly, it’s often worth it for us to book a more expensive flight with fewer layovers since each flight increases his anxiety. It’s also worth looking at how long the layover is. Sometimes the option that looks good has an incredibly short connection, and if you miss your connecting flight when the first flight is not late, most airlines won’t help you out. Worth paying a little extra for a flight with a better layover than to get stuck paying for a new flight at the last minute.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 13, 2016

      Yeah the layovers can really hang you if you aren’t careful. I know someone else that had MAJOR problems because of that, and since they booked through Expedia it was even tougher.

      For our upcoming flight to the US, the cheapest route had us with about 2-1/2 hours in Calgary. They’re different airlines, and I didn’t want to chance it since there’s a good chance our bags wouldn’t be checked in all the way. So we decided to spend a couple of days in Calgary since we’re flying there anyway. Will give us a couple of days to adjust with the time zone, and I won’t have to stress about the logistics of “What if something happens and we’re delayed.”

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  3. Jessica
    June 10, 2016

    If we are flexible with our time we try to book flights to major airport hubs and then get cheaper local flights. We’re currently researching our summer vacation and I’m looking at flights from Incheon, Korea to Da Nang, Vietnam. Using the Skyscanner Canada site vs the Skyscanner Korea site the tickets are more than $100 cheaper. I was really surprised! I knew using a vpn could effect the prices but I didn’t expect such a different price just using a different countries site of the same website.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 10, 2016

      Sometimes it can make a significant difference. Depends a lot on the route.

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  4. Stacey
    October 6, 2014

    Although I enjoy Adioso for dreaminging, I’ve never used it to book… have you booked with them? How were they?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 7, 2014

      You don’t book through Adioso. They direct you to either the airline’s website or another 3rd-party site. Most of the ones I’ve seen are reputable. There have been a couple I don’t know much about, though. So far I’ve almost always booked through the airline directly since their fare was actually better than the 3rd-party site’s.

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  5. Brenda
    September 27, 2014

    Some great tips here and most are new to me. Thank you!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 29, 2014

      Glad you found some new ones in there!

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  6. santafetraveler
    September 26, 2014

    Wow great info here! Never thought to get rid of cookies when searching. The $175 fare was amazing. And the Mex ones. Big difference from the ones I’ve found.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 26, 2014

      That’s why I always use an incognito window. Don’t have to remember about dumping my cookies, and it means I can still remain logged into the stuff I want.

      My eyes almost fell out of my head when I first saw that Madrid rate.

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  7. Katie
    September 26, 2014

    I’m curious what sites you use to actually book flights? I often search on Skyscanner but the cheapest fares are on really sketchy sites that often have horrible reviews so I have never felt comfortable booking on them. By the time I check out the reliable sites or the airline sites, the fares are nowhere near as cheap. Or I might see a cheap fare on Skyscanner but when I click to go to the actual site to book, it’s no longer available.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 26, 2014

      Almost always through the the airline, but occasionally I have booked with Orbitz, Expedia, and CheapTickets. I almost always go through the airline, though. If you have a problem, they’ll be more helpful than the third-party booker usually.

      I have had a similar problem with Skyscanner showing a fare that isn’t actually available through the airline, which is another reason I usually go through Adioso for my final search. I haven’t had that issue with them.

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  8. Cazz
    September 25, 2014

    What a very handy post!!
    Thank you 🙂
    I will be using these for future travel!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 26, 2014

      It’s worked well for me!

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  9. Ryan
    September 24, 2014

    Hey, Talon. Excellent post! I’ve been meaning to write an in-depth post like this for a while now. Adioso is a new find for me so thanks for the tip.

    One of my favorite ways to search flights these days is to use Google Flights. Have you tried it yet? I love the flex calendar feature that shows you the prices for the entire month and the map feature which allows you to plug in a departure city and then navigate around a Google map with the prices for just about every destination in the world.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 26, 2014

      I haven’t heard of it before. Google owns Matrix, so it sounds like they’ve just taken that and put in some improvements. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the info!

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  10. Chelsea of Andalucía Bound
    September 24, 2014

    Cool! I hadn’t heard of some of these before. Great tips!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 26, 2014

      Glad I could share some new discoveries for you!

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  11. Hannah @ GettingStamped
    September 24, 2014

    Thanks for the tips I am always looking for ways to save a buck or two. We currently are shopping for flights from Istanbul back to Asia…wish me luck!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 26, 2014

      Make sure to check out Malaysia Air. I know they’ve had a bit of bad luck lately, but they’re a good airline, and they often have great deals to KL from that area of the world.

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