I’ve booked a number of flights lately. #PandemicOver 😀
I ALWAYS start with Matrix Airfare Search by ITA Software A few companies — e.g. Southwest — opted not to be included.
Even if my date of flight is fixed, I always start with “See calendar of lowest fares”.
Clicking around, once I have the price, date, details (usually AC or WJ), I go directly to the airline website to book the flight. One. Less. Middleman.
I try to avoid booking on a series of airlines as — when something goes wrong — each blames you and the other airline for your woes.
Google Matrix originally let you book flights. But the airlines complained so they dropped that feature.
If I can’t get the price promised on Matrix, I try Expedia or one of the other aggregators. Once in a while they have a block of cheaper tickets no longer available directly from the airline.
If that’s too confusing, here’s a comprehensive tutorial.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Recently I used another Google flight site, deciding to fly to Lisbon on November 1st from Calgary.
From that page you can click from any country to any continent. From Canada to Europe, for example.
As usual, Air Transat was the cheapest way to get to Europe from Canada.