I need to book a cross country flight to hunt with my friends in the state of Washington. To put it bluntly. I am cheap. Can anybody recommend a website or other source to find bargain rate flights between New York State and Spokane ?
Cheap? How cheap are you? Just playing around on line and I came up with this web site for CheapoAir http://www.cheapoair.com/
You may even want to try a travel agent and they may find some cheaper flights but who knows. Also before I would book with any of them I would find out their firearm policy and see if there are any problems with them. I have heard bad things about United and rifle cases. Also I am sure that you know that if you fly mid week and stay over and fly back mid week the fairs are cheaper along with the earlier that you book the better price you will get.
I rarely travel other than by driving myself but was surprised to learn from friends that travel a lot that many times an agent gets them a better deal than they could find themselves. Especially if extras are needed like car rentals or hotels.
I spent days trying to find my wife the cheapest tickets to the Philippines last year and then she called her agent back east somewhere and under cut my best deal by 200 each.
I like to use www.Kayak.com to watch airfares and receive alerts when they drop.
Another one that I heard about, but haven't used yet is www.hipmunk.com. A local news station claims they have the best deals.
Personally I have found sites that allow me to enter a date range and receive alerts, gets me the best deals, especially if I'm not in a hurry and can wait for the best price.
Then there is always good old standby! Do people use that any more? I know years ago that was the cheapest way to fly. For the last few years, it seems like every time I've flown, the planes have been full and even overbooked, so not sure that standby works any more.
I believe that standby went away after 9/11. Can you imagine trying to get through security and to your gate in 30 or less minutes, and since you can't get through security without a boarding pass you have to stay at the front desk. That would be a nightmare. I have personally flown standby back in my younger days and it wasn't any fun then. Having to stand around when ever there is a flight out to where you are going and hoping that somebody doesn't show up or cancels at the last minute. To do that you have to have a lot of time on your hands.
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...