59 websites for travel hacking — How to find cheap flights (revised)

First published on October 7, 2017 and updated continuously to date, this article got and still gets hundreds of readers every week on Medium.com. Sadly, Medium.com censors some of my other articles without any reasonable explanation. This is why I don’t feel safe there any longer and move all my articles to my self-hosted blog (here).

I will „only“ provide you a list of websites I have used or consider using for finding the best travel routes and tickets. I advice you to go through the list, get familiar with what all the sites are about and how you can use them to your advantage.

Please let’s make this list a reference for all the new people on facebook and other groups, who ask the community where they should search. So I would ask you: Do you have more useful sites in your bookmarks or on your mind? Please share them in the comment section. Thank you. Please keep in mind that this is „only“ a list and not an article on how to travel everywhere for a song.

Flight search and comparison

  • Adioso // Flight search. Reinvented for humans. Travel to the places, people, and things you love with complete flexibility.
  • Google Flights // Search and book flights with Google effortless.
  • Hipmunk // Don’t let planning travel drive you nuts.
  • Kayak // Search hundreds of travel websites at one go.
  • Kiwi.com // Find cheap flights and discover new destinations.
  • Matrix // Matrix Airfare search showcases some of the freshest travel search ideas from ITA Software.
  • Momondo // Find cheap flights with over thousand airlines and providers.
  • Skiplagged // Skiplagged exposes secrets of the industry by finding airfares not found anywhere else that can easily save you up to 80%.
  • Skyscanner // Book cheap flights with Skyscanner.
  • Wundergogo // Discover and book cheap flights and hotels.

Onward tickets and reservation

  • BestOnwardticket // Our onward ticket costs only $7.99 and has value for 48 hours and more.
  • Expedia // Vacations, cheap flights, airline tickets and airfares (Withdraw your flight within 24 hours)
  • FlyOnward // Rent an onward ticket now for only $9.99.
  • Onward Flights // Generate an onward ticket with this free service.
  • Smart Traveller // $7 for an onward ticket. Providing flexibility on your travels.

Flight deals and error fares

  • Error Fare Alerts // Error fares are price mistakes by travel providers, e. g. forgetting a “0“ in the price. Our algorithm scans the internet automatically and informs you instantly free of charge by email. So you can travel extremely cheap.
  • Fly4Free // We’re searching for the most amazing flight deals and sharing them with you every day!
  • My Cape // The ultimate travel hack. Book space-available flights.
  • Secret Flying // Save up to 80% on flights around the world. No signup. Completely free. Totally safe.
  • Urlaubspiraten // Cheap holiday and travel deals.

Human powered search and flight agents

  • Flightfox // Travel like a pro, travel better for less.
  • Flystein // Your personal cheap flights expert. Save more than anywhere. Derek Low recommends it.

Accomodations and adventures

  • 9flats.com // Feel at home on your travels. The alternative to the hotel. 6 million apartments worldwide.
  • Agoda // Book hotels, resorts, hostels, villas, private accommodation online. High discounts on more than 1,450,000 accommodations worldwide.
  • Airbnb // Book unique accommodation and experience the city like a local.
  • Couchsurfing // Meet locals around the world and stay with them.
  • Destinia // Travel agency, hotels, flights, apartments.
  • FeWo-direkt // Apartments and holiday homes worldwide.
  • hometogo // The largest holiday home search engine in the world. 10,323,601 apartments and holiday homes from 250+ sellers.
  • Hotwire // Cheap travel and last minute deals.
  • Roomer // Explore unique hotel deals from people who can’t use theirs.
  • The Luxe Nomad // The world‘s leading luxury villas. Dream a little, travel a lot.
  • Vayable // Discover and book unique experiences offered by local insiders
  • Wunderflats // Rent a furnished apartment. Book studios or lofts for a month or longer.

Accomodations/communities for special interest

  • Workaway // Travel differently, connect globally. The leading community for cultural exchange, working holidays and volunteering in 170 countries.
  • HelpX // HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
  • Trusted Housesitters // We connect home and pet owners who need a sitter, when going away, with trustworthy people who are happy to sit for FREE.
  • Warm Showers // The Warm Showers community is a free, worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists.

Booking websites

  • Booking.com // 1,368,506 hotels worldwide. 122+ million hotel reviews.
  • FTI Touristik // Vacation & Travel from your travel agent.
  • Hotels.com // Cheap hotels, holiday apartments and other accommodations.
  • HRS // Hotel Reservation Service. Find a hotel and book cheap hotels.
  • Logitravel // Urlaub, Reisen, Flüge, Hotels, Kreuzfahrten (German)
  • Momondo // We search low-cost flights on airlines and travel agencies, find the best air tickets and forward you to the seller for free.
  • Opodo // Cheap flights, hotels and travel deals at Opodo.
  • Trivago // Find your ideal hotel at the best price.

Useful for flight hacking

  • Airline Route Maps // We have the largest collection of airline route maps online, with over 1200 maps from nearly 800 airlines in 200 countries.
  • FlightRoutes.net // Making sense of the airline maze. Getting around the World is easier now than it has ever been, but finding the quickest or the best way to make your journey seems to get more difficult every day.
  • Urlaubstransfers // Need a transport service from the airport to the hotel and back? Or would you like to enjoy the benefits of a private transfer?
  • Wireless Passwords // Wireless passwords from airports and lounges around the world

Rental Car Comparison (German)

  • billiger mietwagen // Autovermietung und Mietwagen-Preisvergleich.
  • EasyTerra // Vergleicht alle bekannten Anbieter.
  • Opodo // Günstige Mietwagen mit Opodo.
  • HAPPYCAR.de // Weltweit suchen, vergleichen und bis zu 60 % sparen bei Angeboten von über 1.053 Autovermietungen
  • CHECK24 // Mietwagen-Preisvergleich für über 5000 Ziele weltweit.
  • mietwagen24 // der mietwagen-preisvergleich
  • Mietwagen-Check.de // Günstige Mietwagen im Preisvergleich ab 5€ pro Tag.
  • MietwagenVergleich.de // Günstiger mieten und sparen.
  • sunnycars // Rent a smile. Alles-Inklusive-Autovermietung.
  • Rentalcars.com // Rentalcars.com bringt Ihnen die besten Automarken, wohin die Reise auch geht