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How we find cheap airfare for our vacations

The secret to finding cheap airfare for your vacation to save money on your next trip!

When planning a vacation, one of the most important factors is finding the best deal on airfare. No one wants to spend more than they have to on plane tickets! Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to find the oh-so elusive cheap airfare we all want.

These tips are tried and true as living in Hawaii garners us some of the highest airfare costs in the country – we’re literally in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But using these methods, I have personally booked my family on a $111 round trip Maui to LAX mistake fare on United Airlines, $450 round trip Maui to Barcelona, Spain on United and Lufthansa Airlines, and many West coast trips at around $230 round trip via Hawaiian Airlines. Cheap airfare IS out there my friends!

When you’re looking for flights, it’s often best to look at the prices for an entire month instead of specific dates. This is because airline prices can fluctuate based on demand, and you might be able to find a better deal if you’re flexible with your travel dates.

Google Flights for your initial cheap fare search

One way is to use Google Flights. Google Flights is a search engine that lets you compare prices on different airlines at the same time. It’s a great way to get an idea of how much different airlines are charging for flights to your destinations and to see which dates are the cheapest travel days.

Once you have found your travel dates, it’s always a good idea to double-check the prices on This is because Southwest is not included in Google Flights. However, they often have very competitive prices and if you’re not airline loyal, you may save even more.

Get notifications of other great airfare deals

Another way to find the best deals is to use Scott’s Cheap Flights. Scott’s Cheap Flights is a website that scours the internet for the best deals on airfare. They send notifications when there are mistakes or great fares from your home airports. They often have exclusive deals that you can’t find anywhere else. And if you have the travel itch but don’t know where you want to go, it’s really fun to log in and see where you could go on a whim if you want to!

After you’ve found the best deals on airfare, it’s time to book your vacation! Sit back and relax – you deserve it! Enjoy this special time with your family and friends. And don’t forget to hire a professional photographer wherever you’re going. These moments are special and you deserve to document them with all your savings!

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