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How to get Cheap Airfare
« on: August 21, 2017, 12:50:23 PM »
Hey All,

Girlfriend moved half way across the country for grad school. Any ideas on how I can get cheap airfare to see her on a regular basis? I've never had a frequent flyer credit card so I'm not sure if they are worth it. I can buy tickets months in advance. Any thoughts would be appreciated.



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Re: How to get Cheap Airfare
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 01:07:49 PM »
Google Flights is a good place to start.  You can filter by a bunch of different metrics to your requirements and set custom alerts.

Credit card hacking/churning is another option like you allude to, but that is a bit more of a project (but very doable).


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Re: How to get Cheap Airfare
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 12:18:31 PM »
I did the LDR for 2.5 years with a guy in east bay.  SEA to OAK.  I often flew down friday night and came back monday morning, about a 2 hour flight each way.

Here is what I found:
* if there is a company that flies the route direct, get on their mailing list.  Sometimes they have discounts (sometimes involving booking directly on their site with codes).
* be flexible with your departure time.  I often found that flying at 6pm was $60+ more than the 9pm friday flight...missing 3 hours with the sweetie wasn't worth the extra cost.  You may find even more savings if you can fly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
* forget about flying on holiday weekends or be willing to pay.  Expect tickets to be at least $100+ more than a normal weekend.  Holidays include some of the lesser ones like Veterans, MLK, etc.
* Just look for sales and if you see a cheap price, snap them up.  I flew RT for as low as $100 and skipped weekends if it was more than $200.  Average prices were around $130.  This was during the recession.
* Ultimately we broke up.  I had a good time visiting him in California.  Most of our weekends were like mini vacations - we saw so much of the area.


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Re: How to get Cheap Airfare
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 02:30:24 PM »
Go to

If you are low or zero in terms of credit card apps in the last two years DON'T APPLY FOR ANYTHING til you understand Chase. You can get thousands of dollars of stuff from them. Seriously.


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Re: How to get Cheap Airfare
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 03:40:45 PM »
In addition to Google Flights, check Southwest; they don't show up in most of the travel aggregator services but usually have good fares, esp if  you're both by one of their big hubs.

It sometimes can pay to consider alternate airports, though IME not frequently.

Grad school can be more flexible than a job (depends on the program, of course); consider paying to fly her out if you have the budget and she has the time.

Not familiar with CC rewards effectiveness or churning strategies.

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Re: How to get Cheap Airfare
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2017, 12:18:07 PM »
Cheapster extraordinaire Clark Howard has the best advice on travel.