Planning for a big trip soon? No matter where you want to go, your Windows Phone device can help you find cheap airfare. There are several ways to find deals on flights that go beyond just downloading apps from the Windows Phone Store.
Here, we'll show you 8 effective methods with the use of Windows Phone. Ready to go? Read on for our list.
1. Kayak - Frequent travellers have probably heard of Kayak (kayak.com) by now. It's a very popular travel search engine and we're glad to see their free app at the Windows Phone Store. It searches several sites to find the best fares. Planning to visit multiple cities? Kayak supports multi-city searches.
2. Skyscanner - This is similar to Kayak but we've got to say Skyscanner's app looks a lot better. It's also great for flexible travelers, providing results for dates close to what you've searched. Our favorite feature is the chart option. It displays the lowest prices in a timeline that's easy to understand.
3. Hipmunk - The flights with the lowest prices are sometimes not ideal. It might mean longer duration and more stops. Hipmunk uses a unique flight sort, which helps you find flights with the lowest prices, shortest duration, and least amount of stops. They don't have an app for Windows Phone, but their mobile website works well on the browser.
4. Google Flight Search - Just like Hipmunk, Google can sort flights by analyzing the best trade-off between price, duration, number of stops, and sometimes other fees. When selecting dates, Google also displays the prices within the calendar to make it easier for flexible travelers. Multi-city search is also supported. We don't expect Google to make an official app for this service on Windows Phone, but we don't have any problems using the mobile site.
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5. Airfare Watchdog - Some of best airfare deals last only a short time. If you're on Twitter often, you can get immediate notifications. Follow them on Twitter where they tweet unusual airfare deals several times a day. This is great if the destination isn't important and you just want to go somewhere for cheap.
6. The Flight Deal - What's considered a good deal? The Flight Deal uses a baseline of 6 cents per mile. For example, a nonstop roundtrip flight from New York to Barcelona should never be more than $425. Their twitter account shares deals using this baseline.
7. Skyscanner price alert - Not everyone is on Twitter or has time to frequently use the search tools above. Another solution is to subscribe to email alerts. Skyscanner can check prices every 24 hours for any of your searches and email you if they change. This option is not available through the app we mentioned above. So you'll have to use their mobile website to initiate a search and then tap the alert button.
8. Airfare Watchdog Fare Alerts - You can choose from several email alert options by Airfare Watchdog. Enter specific routes or cities. They list deals that are found and verified by actual humans. You'll need to provide them with your first name and email address to take advantage.
The Windows Central team is traveling several times this year to cover events. These are the tools we've been using to find cheap flights. Did we miss something? What tools do you use to find airfare deals? Let us know in the comments!