Saving money on flights is an art form, and to be Picasso, you need the right tools. Your standard big-name search engines -- the Orbitzs, Kayaks, and Expedias of the world -- all work, ya know, fine. But you wind up spending a hell of long time on the hunt for cheap fares, only to be served up prices that don’t vary much more than a few bucks.
Now obviously you could throw a rock and hit 100 travel apps and websites, but a select handful are really, truly, legitimately the best for finding cheap and unusual airfares. Here are eight that cash-saving savants use with repeated success.
Specifically we hit up 23-year-old Elona Karafin, who's mastered the art of the affordable long weekend, wedging trips to Bali, Dubai, and Lisbon over the past year (documenting it all on her Instagram, natch). We also got tips from Stephanie Be, a “professional traveler” who’s hopped to over 205 destinations in the past five years alone. Between the two, we got some dang good recs to help you find your next mega-cheap flight.