There are 2 web sites that most people in the cheap travel game use for finding flights – Expert Flyer and KVS Tool. These sites allow you to search for airfares, frequent flyer tickets, and how many seats exist at each fare class for many airlines. Let’s say you’re looking to redeem frequent flyer miles for a flight. This tool will allow you to see which flights have frequent flyer tickets available and how many tickets they have. From this information, you can determine which legs of the trip are preventing your desired trip from being available for frequent flyer redemption. You can then look for alternate routes to get you to your desired destination.
Another great use of these tools is described in this week’s Travel Sort blog. It describes how you can use married segments to find cheap flights. As he alludes to in the article, this is what people use to string together mileage runs. They are looking to find the cheapest dollar/mile trips to help them get status with an airline. When you have status with an airline, you accumulate mileage faster and you often can upgrade to first class for free.
This article is fascinating. If you are looking to book a trip which is long enough where you could have a connection, you should definitely check this out. I ran a couple of tests based on the information in the article and saw hundreds of dollars difference for the exact same flights using his advice.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I hope you do something for yourself today. My mom friends and I have a tradition of going out to dinner together for Mother’s Day. That way you’re always guaranteed to have a little me time on your day.