Half of the fun (at least in my mind) when it comes to travel is the planning. As nerdy as it is I take great pleasure in discovering new methods to streamline processes and quickly find my best options.
For years, when I was booking my flights I heavily relied on kayak.com. It continues to be a great resource to find the best priced flights on a specific day.
However, with a relationship that frequently takes me back and forth between Mexico and Canada, I have been more willing to adjust my travel plans (and even pay a little more) to get a direct (or non-stop) flight. There have been a couple of tools I have learned of recently that can help with that process.
First – check out your local airport’s site (for me it’s YVR also known as Vancouver International Airport). Here you will likely find a page of what airlines fly in and out of the airport as well as a list of non-stop flights.
The next step is figuring out how often and what days those direct flights exist. You could simply try inputting the dates you are hoping to travel or if you have more flexibility with your schedule I would recommend taking one more step.
Air Canada offers a flight map to check out non-stop and connecting flights. Simply visit their map and put the “Leaving from” and “Going to” cities. Click on the calendar (don’t put a specific date in) and you can go month by month to discover what days they offer direct flights for.
West Jet offers a different method. You can visit their site and input your local airport and general region you want to visit (ie Mexico). It will outline the frequency of flights and during what times of year (ie they offer more non-stop flights during the winter months).
From there you can then refine what dates you want to travel, eliminating the need for connecting flights.
Do you have any tips for finding flights? Would love to hear about them in the comments.