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Postby Winston » Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:02 am

I decided that long ago. It's just that I do not have full control over my mind and actions remember? My intent does not get always get obeyed by my actions and thoughts. So I do not have full control as you assumed.
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Re: How To Find Cheap Flights and Airfares

Postby Winston » Sat May 30, 2015 1:02 pm

For flights within China or to nearby Asian countries, try Ctrip Flight search:

http://english.ctrip.com/flights/

You can find a lot of cheap deals on Tiger Airlines too, because they are a budget airline.

http://www.tigerair.com

However, keep in mind that the cheapest flights are usually at the most inconvenient times, such as late night AM flights.
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Re: How To Find Cheap Flights and Airfares

Postby Winston » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:26 pm

I have a question. How do popular US booking sites such as Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia compare to those cheap fare finder sites you guys listed above? Do they have the same prices or more or less?

Also, why do people say that fares have gone up over the last few years? That sounds like complaining without basis. When I search for flights from Asia to the US, I still find deals for $600 round trip, just like there were 10 or 20 years ago. So not much has changed in terms of fares. There are high seasons and low seasons, just like there were long ago or decades ago. So I don't see any basis for the claim that airline prices are a lot more than before.

For the lowest fares, book during low season, such as Autumn or Winter, and select flights that are on weekdays, not weekends. If you do that, you can still find flights roundtrip between Asia and the US for $600, even on big US sites such as Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia. I tried it just now.
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Re: How To Find Cheap Flights and Airfares

Postby Rock » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:36 pm

Winston wrote:I have a question. How do popular US booking sites such as Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia compare to those cheap fare finder sites you guys listed above? Do they have the same prices or more or less?

Also, why do people say that fares have gone up over the last few years? That sounds like complaining without basis. When I search for flights from Asia to the US, I still find deals for $600 round trip, just like there were 10 or 20 years ago. So not much has changed in terms of fares. There are high seasons and low seasons, just like there were long ago or decades ago. So I don't see any basis for the claim that airline prices are a lot more than before.


In real (inflation adjusted) terms, prices of flying internationally have clearly fallen in last 10 years. $1,000 today is roughly equivalent to around $500-700 a decade ago.

Of course it depends on what you are buying. Some things have gone up a lot more than that (say uni tuition in USA or certain real estate selling prices) while other things have stayed fairly constant (budget hotel rates, some food, many rental markets).

In last year, oil prices have collapsed too. So suddenly, super cheap fare opportunities have become quite abundant again and the the fuel surcharge has been dropped. So in real terms and even nominal terms, flying international budget has become much cheaper than it was 5 or 10 years ago or more.
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