I recently asked a friend whether or not she planned to travel internationally this year. Her response was that she’d love to but that she couldn’t afford it. Many Americans have that same mindset. The reality is, you can fly internationally at incredibly low rates- if you know where to look! Below I’ve created the 5 best websites that I’ve come across for cheap international flights:
The Flight Deal only lists international flights that equate to $.06 cents a mile or less! Sign up for their newsletters and get flight deals directly in your inbox each day. They currently have flights from the US to Amsterdam, Paris or Rome starting at $475 Roundtrip with all taxes included. Considering a trip of that nature typically would cost anywhere from $800-$1100, this is quite a steal!
What sets Travelzoo apart from other cheap flight sites is that they offer entire trip deals at incredible rates- packages that include airfare and hotel stays! When you sign up for their newsletter, you receive the top 20 best travel deals they have to offer, every Wednesday. They recently had non-stop round-trip flight tickets to Honolulu from 11 US cities for $338. They also had a travel package of 7 nights in Italy, including hotel stays and flights for $839 a person (a package that would normally run around $1350 a person). Looking to explore your own city? Travelzoo also offers local deals- like discounted tickets to the ballet or theatre for spots in your own back yard.
Scott’s Cheap Flights finds the best flight deals internationally and sends them to you the moment they’re. The site touts that it “saves the average email subscriber $607 a ticket”- what’s not to love about that? Scott’s Cheap Flights is free to sign up, but also offers a premium subscription ($40 for the year) that allows you to be the first to know about all of the best international flight deals. Free subscribers miss out on two-thirds of the deals and considering you save so much on just one ticket, the $40 is money well-spent!
I first discovered AirfareWatchDog in the App Store on my phone, but the website version is just as awesome. You can search for the lowest fares immediately across 3 or more flight sites. What’s cool about their search engine as opposed to other search engines is that it’ll allow you to even search for unadvertised fares, ensuring you get the best deal possible. If you sign up for their emails, everyday you’ll receive the cheapest domestic and international flights leaving your home airport location.
Secret Flying is great for those who are planning to spend a significant amount of time abroad exploring different countries. You can pick the best flight deals by country, so if you’re in Spain, but want to head to Africa, this website has a ton of affordable options.