What You Need to Know Before Booking Your Next Flight

A lot of thought goes into picking a flight. Can I check a bag? Is it nonstop? What’s the snack situation? To help you find answers to these burning questions, we’ve dug into our data, user feedback and more to give you the ins and outs of booking the right flight.

Our 2018 Flight Hacker Guide features airline rankings, top stopover cities, when to book a Hacker Fare and more. We’ve combed through airline reviews from real KAYAK users, spotted which carriers have deals if you include a layover, and tracked price trends by route. All to help you become a smarter, more confident flyer.

Whether you’re deciding which airline to fly with or figuring out if you’re going to add a stopover, we’ve got the data to help you make confident travel decisions. Here’s a look at what’s in the 2018 Flight Hacker Guide:

Best Airlines

These airlines are at the top of their game, according to KAYAK users. Based on reviews, these carriers had the highest ratings on things like comfort, customer service and in-flight entertainment. Find out which airlines made the list, why users think they’re worthy and what they can offer.

Top 10 Hacker Fare Destinations

Years ago, we realized that you can save even more on flights to some destinations if you book two one-ways instead of a round-trip. So instead of going to Miami and back on Zuma Air, you might take Zuma Air there and Beluga Air back — while saving a bundle. We call this a Hacker Fare. And these destinations are where you’re likely to save the most money if you book a Hacker Fare vs a traditional roundtrip plane ticket.  

Top 10 Stopover Cities

Plan a vacation within your vacation. These destinations are the top spots to plan a stopover. Whether a particular airline makes it easy (and affordable) for you or the airport is super close to the city center, find out more about these top stopover cities.

When To Book

Besides knowing where to go and who to fly, it’s important to know when to book your flight. Whether your motivation is savings or something else, we’ve rounded up our top recommendations. Check out when you can expect to find the biggest savings if you’re booking a Hacker Fare. Or track price trends for a particular destination over time. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll show you customized insights for your route — just plug in your origin and destination, and see how prices have changed over the past year. All so you know when to time your trip.

Fly more confidently knowing you have the travel insights you need to make the right decisions. Not sure where you want to go? Check out our Travel Hacker Guide for a look at the year’s top destinations.

 

Methodology

Go here to see how we came up with our lists and data.

 

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