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Secrets for cheap airline tickets

Secrets for cheap airline tickets
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You've picked the perfect spot for this year's vacation, and now the trick is getting there without going broke. That's easier said than done, especially if you're flying.

I've told you before that the days you buy and fly can drop prices quite a bit, but you still might be paying more than you should. If you don't use the right service to compare flight prices, you could miss the cheapest option. With that in mind, here are six essential places you need to check to get the best deal.

1. Up a creek WITH a paddle

For finding deals on flights and hotels, one of the most popular services is Kayak. It pulls information from a range of airlines, so you get a good comparison. You can filter and sort the results by airline, stops, airports, price and flight times to find exactly the flight you want.

In addition to comparisons, Kayak has other great features like a rental car finder, flight tracker, hotel reviews and alerts so you know when a ticket you want drops in price. If you need to use Kayak on the go, you can grab the free app for Android and Apple.

2. Deals in the sky with diamonds

Skyscanner is a powerful search site that doesn't just scour airline sites for ticket prices; it scans sites like Orbitz, Priceline, Expedia and many more to find the best deals.

Like other services, it lets you filter the results by price, cabin class, airline and departure and arrival times. However, you can also set the travel dates to "Whole Month" or "Whole Year" so you can see ticket prices for an entire week or month.

And if you aren't sure where you want to go on vacation, Skyscanner includes an "Everywhere" search that finds you cheap travel deals around the world based on your nearest airport.

Like Kayak, Skyscanner also includes hotel and car rental searches so you can plan your entire trip. There is also a Skyscanner app (Android, Apple; Free) that focuses completely on comparing airline ticket prices.

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