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Talk:Cheap airline travel in North America

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Agree with removal of comparision sites. One in particular keeps gettting re-posted - by the owner of the site is my guess. Same IP address.

We should remove those price comparison sites - violation of extlink policy. If we include them, we slide down the slippery slope of web directory and having to provide links to similar sites of all kinds (travel agencies, etc etc etc). -- Nils 01:23, 23 Jul 2004 (EDT)

Nils, can you provide a primary source link directly into airline reservation systems like Amadeus or Sabre? I'll answer myself: no, of course you can't, because they don't allow the general public free access. And that's why the only way to comparison shop is to use a third party, who is paying for the license. And no, this is not a slippery slope: Limit the price comparison sites to the three or four biggest (rank by Alexa if you insist) and that's it.
You know full well that the external link policy is disputed right now, so go dispute it and leave borderline links alone for now. Jpatokal 02:36, 23 Jul 2004 (EDT)
The primary source in this case would be the airline itself, most of which will have online reservation systems. And if you paid any attention, you will note I *AM* leaving borderline cases alone. Just drawing attention to them. Get a grip. -- Nils 06:51, 23 Jul 2004 (EDT)
The whole point of using a price comparison site is to avoid individually checking 17 different airline engines, many of which don't offer discounted fares in the first place. And until now you've certainly displayed a habit of deleting links before any discussion takes place... Jpatokal 14:54, 23 Jul 2004 (EDT)

Removed secondary links[edit]

These links were removed from the main article. It might not be a bad idea for someonen to go through them and see if there are any facts or primary links that should be incorporated into Wikitravel.

More comparison engines[edit]

I had these in my notes; if anyone has tried them and found them useful and not entirely obsoleted by the existing links, these should be added to the article page. -- Beland 20:14, 24 Oct 2004 (EDT)

  • - Comprehensive listings (except for Southwest), but does not sell tickets.
  • - You install this as a browser plugin.
  • - Another browser plugin, perhaps more comprehensive.

Keeping fares low[edit]

Should we add a section in this article about how to keep fares low in the future? Some airlines give a variety of things passengers can do for prices to stay as low as possible. --Jr traveller 12:05, 22 December 2006 (EST)

Foreign comparison sites[edit]

I've nuked the following list as it's a total spam magnet and I find the claim dubious and the utility questionable. Jpatokal 07:57, 10 June 2008 (EDT)

Many foreign comparison sites also list domestic US flights. Sometimes they find cheaper fares than American sites.

Nuked this section as well, spam target and rather useless. --Stefan (sertmann) talk 19:06, 24 December 2009 (EST)
  • Orbitz [2] - Search engine that checks most major North American carriers; also allows you to specify a price, and get an e-mail when a suitable fare becomes available.
  • Travelocity [3] - Search engine that checks most major North American carriers; good search options if going to a specific destination on a flexible schedule. Also has a Canadian site [4].
  • Priceline [5] - Major North American carriers. Offers a conventional price comparison with full flight details. Also offers a "name your own price" feature where you can get a lower fare if you are willing to not know the airline and time of your departure (or other details, for other services) until after you commit to buying it. (For US departures only)
    • Before you make a bid on Priceline, go to Bidding for Travel [6] to get advice on bidding strategies. You'll be amazed at how much cheaper you can get a hotel room than what's being quoted on the conventional travel sites.
  • HotWire [7] - Major North American carriers. You don't know the time of day your flight leaves until after you commit to buying it.
  • Kayak [8] - Price comparison search engine that searches both other engines (like Orbitz and CheapTickets) and airline websites (like and
  • Eztrip [9] - A price comparison engine that focuses on review orientated listings.
  • WiseTravelSearch [10] - This sites helps you search and compare the top online travel agents (including Travelocity and Expedia) to find the best travel deals for flights, hotels, and vacations. Also has a Canadian site [11].
  • SideStep [12] - - Price comparison search engine that searches both other engines (like Orbitz and CheapTickets) and airline websites (like and
  • Mobissimo [13] - - Price comparison search engine that searches both other engines (like Orbitz and CheapTickets) and airline websites (like and; only roundtrip searches available for now.
  • Travelmia [14] - - Search engine that checks most major North American carriers for cheap airline tickets; Good booking options like selecting your seats and live flight tracker.
  • Skytours [15] - - Airline comparison engine that checks more than 500 airlines for cheap tickets. Lets you book open Jaw flights.
  • CheapOair [16] - - Searches most North American, European, South American, Asian, African and South Pacific Airlines, Offers consolidator and published fares, Lists full flight details, provides a comprehensive flight summary for convenience. One of the very few travel sites which allows the user to book flights originating from a foreign country to the US and Canada.
  • Cheapairlines [17] - - Offers discount airfare and cheap airline tickets on all the major airlines, offers travel planning advice, detailed travel guides and the Deal Finder Newsletter as well as offers deals on exclusive Villas in Puerto Morelos and Quadra Alea, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
  • Lowfares [18] - - Price comparison search engine that searches other engines (like Orbitz and CheapTickets) and airline websites such as Hawaiian Airlines. Shows pop ups when comparing other travel sites.
  • [19]- Cheap Priceline Flights & Travel Deals
  • [20]- Travel Deals from Canada
  • Travelzoo [21]
  • News [22] - Latest deals and flights information.
  • [23] - Click on the navigation tabs for Deals and Last Minute Trips.
  • [24] - Click on the navigation tab for Travel.
  • [25]
  • [26]- Deals from Canada
  • [27] - Click on the navigation tabs for Deals and Last Minute Packages.
  • [28]- Deals from London.
  • [29]- Travel deals, discounts.
  • [30]- Cheap prices for airlines tickets and special travel deals.
  • [31]- Cheap Airfare to Asia from major cities in North America.
  • [32]- Cheap business class travel from the USA to Worldwide.
  • [33] - Business Class Airfare, Flights, Tickets

U.S. Airways - A discount airline?[edit]

It is claimed that US Airways is a discount airline. Is there any evidence that their fares are systematically lower than other airlines? In my experience, they are not. America West was a discount airline, until it combined with USAir and raised the fares and diminished the service. They are members of the Star Alliance and, to my knowledge, are not systematically cheaper than their allies. --MidwestGeek 08:20, 17 August 2008 (EDT)

Don't they have a low-cost brand somewhere in that sprawling corporation? Otherwise, I agree, they're not a "budget" company. --Peter Talk 18:44, 17 August 2008 (EDT)