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Tue 12 Jul 2011


By James A. Barraclough


These days travelling is all about finding the right deals. With so many websites and fees, it’s often hard to make sense of it all, and who really has the time to pursue every advertised lowest fare by the expiration date?

Now you don’t have to scour the internet for secret sites and hidden deals. Just go to Fly.com. It’s the most comprehensive airfare search engine on the web, a “metasearch engine” that scours more U.S. airlines, international carriers, and online travel websites than any other site. For the busy traveler, this means the dreaded hours of looking for ticket deals can be compressed into a few painless minutes.

With the click of a button, Fly.com searches hundreds of major domestic and international airlines, as well as online travel agencies and airfare consolidators, for real-time fares. Searching companies like Travelocity, JetBlue, and many lesser-known discount sellers, Fly.com combines fares from all over the world in one place. You can even check off boxes before you search that will open up identical searches in Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz, and Expedia so you can compare the results (for all you skeptics out there). This dedication to breadth of search is significant because it ensures you will be presented with the very best fares available.

But perhaps the most important aspect of Fly.com is its simple and easy-to-understand format. Your search results, which are easily tailored to your specific needs using various filters, are clearly displayed from cheapest to most expensive, with airline, duration, time of departure, number of stops, and seat class all plainly indicated. Fly.com also has a fare calendar feature and real-time Twitter fare alerts for flights from more than 40 U.S. cities to help passengers find the best prices. All applicable taxes and fees are even included in the listed prices so you can see the total cost instantly. No more juggling all that math in your head.

And just recently, Fly.com implemented a new feature that lists baggage fees for all major airlines. A big surprise at the airport when the agent tells you to ante up another $200 to check your family’s bags is the last thing you need before going on vacation. With Fly.com, you’ll know ahead of time what each airline is going to charge for baggage and whether there’s a difference between paying for them online or at the airport. It really is the best site to assess how much flying is really going to cost. On the surface, all prices are equal. But American charges $70 for two bags, Delta charges $55 and JetBlue charges $30. All of us can do that math in our heads.

If you’re wondering how much this is going to cost you, stop guessing. Fly.com is completely free. If you’re thinking of going on vacation this summer, stop putting it off because you’re dreading the hassle of booking flights. Fly.com makes it a cinch to find the cheapest flights available so you can worry about other things … like that base tan. 

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