“How do you find these deals?” is one of the most frequent questions I hear from subscribers of New York to London Flights.
I use a combination of big search engines and a few smaller, more obscure ones to look for flight deals. Depending on how much time you want to spend on searching for them, any one of these sources might be enough to find the right flight for you.
1. Google Flights
Google Flights is a good place to start from when you look for a cheap flight to Europe. Its search engine is pretty intuitive, from giving you a monthly calendar view to a weekly pricing permutation breakdown. It will also tell you if it’s cheaper to fly a day or two earlier, or to fly out of or arrive at a nearby destination — an extra way for you to save money on your flight without spending lots of time making endless searches.
I use Skyscanner at the start of my search process because it lets you search without any particular destination in mind, or even a date. If you want the absolute cheapest flight from a broad origin point (you can search based on entire countries, not just one city), then this is a good website to use for flight searches.
Momondo is a fantastic tool for finding the absolute cheapest price — as long as you’re willing to book on a third-party website you’ve never heard of — as well as the flexibility to look for multiple city trips or open-jaw flights. It’s also got one of the best flight+hotel combos on the internet, so keep it in mind if you’re looking for a flight package.
This is my personal favorite flight search engine, but it has some serious limitations. AzAir is a search aggregator that focuses specifically on European budget airlines, which means that if you don’t live in one of the few US cities that have direct connections with airlines such as Norwegian, WOW air, Eurowings, or Airberlin, it’s not going to help you too much. However, if you do live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, Boston, Miami, or Washington, D.C, this website will find you flights on budget carriers. Just keep in mind that if you plan on checking bags, you’ll need to pay extra.
DoHop is this website’s affiliate partner, but it’s objectively a useful search engine for finding good prices through third party booking websites. It’s best used as a secondary tool to check for a cheaper flight deal after you’ve looked on Google Flights or Skyscanner — especially if you’re flying with major carriers such as Delta or British Airways.
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