I am looking for very affordable travels in the US (plane tickets) in the two digit price range $$ flying from Baltimore, MD. Or suggestions on how to hack affordable travels?
Sign up online for various airlines that you know fly to and from your destination. I signed up for frequent flyer programs for Virgin, Southwest & American Airlines and they frequently (no pun intended) have sales and deals on flights. They will send emails when the flights go on sale. For example, Virgin had sales every few months and sometimes they are only $49 each way. Good luck!
I recently asked a similar question about airline/airfare hacks and got some great answers! Here's the link: http://www.trippy.com/question/Airfare-and-Airline-Hacks
I answered very similar questions here and here. (I've also copy and pasted one of them below.)
But specifically from Baltimore, I would set up flight alerts departing from Baltimore at airfarewatchdog.com and hopper.com Explore (and click on "Never Miss A Deal").
As for general airfare sales, mistake fares, and hacking, see below:
1. The best way I know to find the cheapest flights every time(especially when flying domestically) is to use the Google ITA matrix.
If you want to learn how to use the ITA Matrix (its fantastic and not that hard to use), check out this video we created. It's helped a lot of people already!
You can always double check what you find against:
and a host of others...
2. Sometimes the best deals are airfare sales. You can sign up for email alerts for the sales at:
3. And sometimes, there are "mistake fares" that come and go in a flash. Sometimes they're honored, sometimes they're not. But as an example, I'm flying round trip to Abu Dhabi in April for $178 round-trip thanks to a mistake fare and it IS being honored!
To catch them right when they happen, it's best to follow these guys on twitter and keep their SMS notifications on, so you will see when they find one!
Twitter handles (with that *at* symbol in front):
Or, subscribe to their websites and they will email it too. Unfortunately, by the time the email arrives at their given broadcast time each day, it may already be too late.
4. Hacking/Frequent Flyer Points:
I haven't paid full airfare for a flight in over 3 years, while saving over $40,000+ for myself and $30,000+ for others by hustling the miles and points game. I've also been able to fly business and first class for just the price of taxes and fees. This last year alone I flew to 31 destinations around the world. The retail cost would have been $22,000+, but I only paid $497 out-of-pocket.
It's way too much to explain here, but you can sign up for free training (or the full training package) over at our website. So that I'm not biased, you can also check out blogs like Million Mile Secrets or MileValue who will give you the same information, but broken up and scattered into tons of different blog posts. Either way, if you want to travel hack, any of these places are a good place to start!
BWI? Most probably search for hidden city fares on USAirways and Southwest.
Since skiplagged is down and out, learn how to use ITA Matrix to do it for (maybe) USAirways. Instructions: http://airfareiq.com/freeResult
For Southwest, you need to experiment and see fares that are routed VIA BWI.
Remember that you must find an airport BEYOND BWI so you can hop off BWI on the connection.
Besides looking on sites that aggregate airfare from different carriers, you can also find coupons online for specific carriers: http://www.couponbox.com/travel
They can be applied when booking a ticket online.
Sometimes you can also save by checking the price for tickets one way rather than round trip. It's rare but sometimes it can be cheaper...usually when a carrier like Southwest is running a special.
Hope this is helpful!
Go directly to Spirit or Allegiant or Frontier. Book others online right after midnight. Have credit card handy!
There are a lot of ways to hack flight prices. Let me spill out a few:
To be honest i don't even bother checking all 5 anymore. I usually check the top 2-3 and call it a day. Momondo/Skyscanner yield the cheapest (non-budget) flights 95% of the times.
This is just a partial list. I'll stop here since it's becoming a little overwhelming :)
If you're interested in more ways (31 to be exact) to get cheap flights - i wrote a very in-depth guide about booking the cheapest flights on my blog.
I also added a PDF version of the guide, just in case you'd want to access it offline (when you're traveling and stuff).
Here are 3 sources which I've found great:
Hi Dealbase.com has great prices Thursdays on Throwback Thursday out of Baltimore to many places.