My husband and I wanted to take our kids to Phoenix this upcoming spring break. However, with the economy the way it is, we wanted to make sure we got the best deal on airfare.Since there are four of us, we knew it would be expensive, but it was definitely worth seeing what kind of airfare deals we could find.
I did a Google search for “best airfare” and Expedia.com came up number two in the search results. Expedia is a name I know, however I never booked a flight from Expedia before. I clicked on the link and began to build my “trip” to see what rates I could get.
For two adults and two children flying from Philadelphia, PA to Phoenix, AZ nonstop, leaving on a Thursday and coming home the following Wednesday, I received a rate of $420 per ticket (base airfare without taxes). We would be flying United through USAir. My husband doesn’t care too much for USAir, so he asked me to check the rates for Southwest Airlines. I thought that was a good idea. I like Southwest and never had a problem flying with them. USAir on the other hand has caused us some problems in the past.
When I went to the Southwest website, they were only booking flights up until the beginning of March. I thought that was odd, however it said that on November 5, they would be booking flights up until May. I figured I could wait a few extra days to see what their rates would be so that’s what I did. On November 5, I went onto the Southwest website and entered my trip in for the same days and around the same time as I did on Expedia. Southwest’s rates were higher–$493 per ticket (base airfare without taxes).
I also visited bestfares.com. The airfare was very similar to Expedia, but there were only two seats left on the outgoing flight (in addition, I didn’t think bestfares’ website was as easy to navigate as Expedias’). In fact, most of the times for the outgoing flights to Phoenix had only two seats remaining. The returning flight from Phoenix to Philadelphia for the time I had selected, did have four seats, but that wasn’t going to do me any good if we couldn’t all travel together on the outbound flight.
My experience with booking my flights through Expedia was better than I expected. The website is easy to use, the flights were easy to find, and I was able to add additional services to my trip if I so desired. Such as trip insurance, a hotel, a Grand Canyon Tour, a desert jeep expedition and more. Basically, it’s a one-stop shop for all your trip needs.
Who has the best deals on airfare? My recommendation would be to check out Expedia.com next time you need to book your trip. You may just get the best travel deal on the internet!
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