Travel Tools: Airlines

January 18, 2015

Let’s face it, looking for flights is sometimes the hardest part of traveling. Most of us want to be able to get away for the weekend, but the thought of having to find the best prices on flights stops us. The amount of things that you “need” to know can fill an entire guidebook- things like where the hub for each airline is, or what’s the best way to find great seats.

Our aim here to be your one stop shop, and help you to save money on flights so you can spend your resources on the things that matter.

So, in order to save you time and effort, we’ve pulled together a list that has everything that you need to know about booking flights to get you planning and out the door for your next escape!

booking cheap flights

General Airline Search Engines

Yes, there a ton of flight search engines, and no you don’t need to check each one.

Kayak – general search flights, hotels, cars; first in class

Mobissimo – general search flights, hotels, cars

Rome2Rio – specializing in complicated itineraries with flights, trains (Europe, India, China), driving, and ferries

Round the World Flights – specializing in around-the-world flights

Vayama – general search flights, hotels, cars

Budget Airline Search Engines

Adioso – specializes in spontaneous and budget travel; searches low-cost airline

Momondo – meta-searches of cheap flights and hotels

Wegolo – specializes in low-cost airlines

WhichBudget – specializes in low-cost airlines; enables search by country and airport

Flight Trackers

FlightAware – live flight tracking

FlightStats – track by flight number, airport, route; best in class

Compare Flights

FlightAware – live flight tracking

FlightStats – track by flight number, airport, route; best in class

Seat Finder Airline Hubs


Airline Hub(s)
Aer Lingus Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast
airBaltic Riga (Latvia)
airberlin Multiple German cities
Air One Milan, Venice, Pisa
Blue Air Bucharest, Bacău (Romania)
Brussels Airlines Brussels
CityJet London City Airport
Condor Multiple German cities
Darwin Airline Geneva, Lugano
easyJet London, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Liverpool, Geneva, Basel, Nice, Toulouse, Edinburgh, Madrid, and more
Estonian Air Tallinn
Flybe Manchester, Newquay, Exeter, Southampton, London (southern England); Jersey, Guernsey (Channel Islands)
Germanwings Multiple German cities
Helvetic Airways Zürich, Bern
Icelandair Reykjavik
Jet2 Multiple British cities
Jetairfly Brussels, Liège, Ostend (Belgium)
Meridiana Olbia, Cagliari (Sardinia); Rome and other Italian cities
Monarch Airlines Multiple British cities
Niki Vienna, Salzburg
Norwegian Oslo, Bergen, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Alicante, and London
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul, Antalya (Turkey)
Ryanair London, Dublin, and several other cities
SmartWings Prague, Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Thomsonfly Connects various British cities to Mediterranean resorts
Transavia Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven
TUIfly Multiple German cities
Vueling Multiple Spanish cities, Amsterdam, Florence, Rome
Widerøe Oslo
Wizz Air Budapest and many other Eastern European cities
XL Airways Paris


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