One of my perennial favourite sites, and also the one I booked my very first flight with all those years ago! This is an awesome company for those under 26 or students, and they often have discounts for those groups. They can still offer good airfare rates for anyone older than that too though.
A fantastic site for choosing both flights or hotel deals. A Canadian company, they have a range of deals covering every major destination, and even have guides on site to help you get the best deals.
This is a great option with a huge database of airlines and flight brokers to search through and help you find the best deals. Like STA travel they have a US site and a UK site, so which one you use would obviously depend on where you wanted to leave from.
One of the best agregates out there and one of my absolute must use websites, Skyscanner has a huge list of airlines that it searches through, including a lot of budget carriers. This site should be one of your starting points in your price comparison research. What I love about Skyscanner is that it is such an enabler of spontaneous travel, as you can put in your home airport, click some rough dates you want to travel, and it will show you every flight all over the world based on price! Great if you want to travel but don’t know where.
A great engine that is perfect for searching out budget flight deals for both short haul and international flights and like most aggregates they also have hotel and car deals too. I have been using this site more and more lately.
A relative newcomer to the game but it has come out punching! Google Flights has quickly become one of the best flight search engines around. You can enter your departure airport and see where the best deals all over the world are. The one major drawback is that as of the time of writing you still can’t book direct from them (c’mon, sort it out Google!) But it is still a great research tool with a fantastic visual interface.
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