Recently online travel agents like Orbitz, Kayak and Bing Travel have become incredibly popular with people who are booking airline travel. They will scour the Internet for numerous sources to find the cheapest fares available, and then give you a comparison to go on. Some specialize in helping travelers to find last-minute deals, and you can find ones that can help you save money on international flights. But are they always the best way to find your cheapest rates as compared to booking directly through the airlines?
When you book with one of the online travel agents you definitely get good comparisons on the price of tickets. What they are not so great at is to identify hidden fees, and in this day and age these hidden fees are ways many airlines make their money. If an airline has baggage fees, for instance some sites do not let users add these fees onto their fare. In other cases finding those fees can be quite difficult.
Some airlines will slap on fees on top of those displayed, and as a result you never do see a true comparison between airlines. So that bargain that you thought that you are getting, when you go to the airport to check your bags, for instance you may find that you are paying a higher price. By booking directly through the airlines you will always know exactly what your costs will be.
So perhaps the best way is to check through the online travel sites to get an idea of what the basic costs are going to be, but then actually book through the airlines. It will definitely require an extra step to book but you'll at least know exactly what you're paying for, plus you might find a unique deal that has gone on unadvertised.
Another way you can save some money when your book flights is to take advantage of the 24 hour rule. This means that you have 24 hours after booking to cancel and then rebook a flight without penalty if you find that the price has fallen. Another way is to leave on Wednesday if you can. It has been found that most of the empty seats that airlines have is on Wednesday flights, which means that they're going to release more seats at the cheapest price in order to fill them. If a person is diligence they can always find a little cheaper way to fly.