Check out these awesome apps and services that will take the stress out of finding a cheap flight so you can focus on what really matters: having fun once you arrive in D.C. in July 2016:
Best For Bargain Hunters: Hopper
You’re one of those people that manages to find the cheapest deal on everything, aren’t you? You should check out Hopper (free on iOS), which provides an overview of when you can get the best deals on flights, and when’s the best time to purchase them. The app “analyzes billions of flight prices daily” so you can save up to 40% on flights. When you search a particular route, the app clearly tells you what the lowest price available is right now, whether you should purchase now or wait, and the latest date by which you should book tickets. The app also notifies you as soon as prices drop, and when they’re about to go up, thanks to a price predicting feature. If you’ve got some wiggle room when it comes to purchasing your tickets, Hopper is an excellent choice for figuring out the best deal.
Best For The Multitasker: Skyscanner
If you’re weighing a couple different options, an app like Skyscanner (free on iOS and Android) makes juggling all the different flight possibilities more manageable. Skyscanner offers a different view for analyzing low airfares: a bar graph that makes it patently evident which days are the cheapest and which days are most expensive to fly. A tab view lets you easily compare different searches at the same time. If you want to keep an eye on a particular route, you can create an alert to know when the price drops. You can also easily compare prices for the airport you plan to fly into, versus other nearby airports.
Best If You Have App Fatigue: Airfarewatchdog
Do you get bombarded with a hundred different notifications on your smartphone each day? A web-based option might be a less intrusive way to keep tabs on the best flight deals. To search multiple deals sites at the same time, try Airfarewatchdog. It sources low rates from Hipmunk, Hotwire, Priceline, and more. But, while you can use it to compare prices on flights, other apps we’ve listed are better for that task. Instead, use Airfarewatchdog for its email-based low fare notifications. Input your flight search and your email address, and the site will send you a good old-fashioned email when super low fares crop up.