Flight Search Definitions

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Insider tips to obtain the best options 

Buy roundtrip tickets.
The least expensive fares often apply to roundtrip tickets.

Purchase early.
Try to make your reservations and purchase tickets at least 21 days prior to departure. The advance-purchase period varies. Some fares require an advance purchase of 3, 7, 14, or 21 days, while others may require no advance purchase at all. Usually, the longer the advance purchase, the lower the fare.

Spend a Saturday night at your destination.
Many of the lower fares require a Saturday night stay.

Consider alternative airports.
If you live within driving distance of two or more airports, be sure to check fares for all. Some airlines offer special fares for flights into specific airports. Flights from alternative airports will be searched if the "Check Surrounding Airports" box is checked on the Flights Home Page.

Check fares on all airlines.
Don't assume that an advertised special fare is available on only one airline. Most airlines quickly respond to a special fare introduced by a competitor.

Don't discard unused tickets.
The majority of tickets with inexpensive fares are nonrefundable and nontransferable. However, if you don't use your ticket, don't throw it away. In some cases, you may apply the cost of the ticket (minus the airline penalty fee) toward the purchase of another ticket on the same airline. Your original ticket may have value for up to one year from the issue date. Be sure to cancel your reservation prior to your departure date if you are unable to travel.

Have your frequent flyer membership numbers on hand when you shop.
To ensure you get credit for the miles you fly, have your frequent flyer membership numbers available when making reservations. In addition to mileage accrual, many airlines offer preferred seating to those individuals with frequent flyer membership.


Types of travelers 

Please supply the number of travelers in each age category. You can include up to six travelers per trip. Age categories are as follows:

If you are traveling with an infant, please select one of the following options:


Infant, child, and senior discounts 

Many airlines offer discounted fares for infants, children, and seniors. Discounts vary by airline, flight, and seat availability. They also vary by travelers' ages.


Unaccompanied minors 

Many airlines welcome unaccompanied minors on their flights. To ensure a safe, comfortable, and fun trip for unaccompanied minors, please contact us to discuss various options and prices.

The following are some basic guidelines about unaccompanied minors:

Reservations for unaccompanied minors under age 15 cannot be booked online.


Choosing a ticket class 

Many flights offer coach/economy, business, and first class seating:


Choosing search options 

To restrict your roundtrip, one-way, or multiple-destination search, or specific airlines, select one or more of the following options. Doing so may reduce the number of lower-fare flights displayed.


Unsupported airlines 

We are currently unable to book tickets for a small number of airlines. Those airlines are:

This list is not inclusive and will be updated as changes occur.


Using convenient e-tickets  

An e-ticket is, quite simply, the easiest way to travel. An electronic message is sent to the airline once the ticket is issued and a confirmation is sent to you. The confirmation number will include the airline ticket number and the airline reservation number. Unless otherwise indicated, electronic tickets will be issued for all flights.

When you check in for your flight, simply give the ticket agent your name, flight number, a government-issued photo ID and airline confirmation number. It's that easy!