Need to find cheap plane tickets for your trip? Here are three categories of travel websites you want to check out.
1. Meta-search Sites search multiple airlines and redirect you to airlines website for booking. In return, they usually receive commission when you click on the search result. Some airlines may not participate in their search system. Examples of meta-search sites are:
ITA Software
Google Flights
Bing Travel
2. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) are similar to meta-search sites in terms of fare search but offer booking service. These might be useful when you need hotels and cars in addition to a flight. OTAs may have marketing arrangements with selected airlines and may be able to offer fares lower than airlines. Some airlines may not participate in their booking systems. Examples of OTAs are:
3. Airlines sometimes offer fares available only on their websites. Here are some U.S. based airlines:
Airtran Airways
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Frontier Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
JetBlue Airways
Southwest Airlines
Spirit Airlines
United Airlines
US Airways
Virgin America
more airlines

Before you make a purchase, you should check for these key terms:

  • Non-stop Flight: A flight with no stops or connections to your destination.
  • Direct Flight: Means there will be a stop(s) but the plane you are on will not change. Your plane will make at least one stop at a mid-point airport.
  • Connecting Flight: Requires at least one change of planes en route to the final destination.

Flight Delay Information - Real time airport status information is available at Also, check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.

US domestic airfare price Trend throughout the year 
Off-season flights can save you money. Check out airfare price trend throughout the year. 
Airfare is rising in recent years: click here