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August 24, 2017
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Problems booking cheap flights?

Get out the shovel because you’re going to have to dig deeper for airfare deals. Airlines and online travel agencies have been going at it over the fees airlines have to pay agencies to list their fares. In lieu of an agreement, some airlines have opted to remove their fares from some sites altogether.

American Airlines’ fares, for example, no longer appear on Orbitz.com, while Expedia.com dropped them. Delta’s fares are now MIA on several sites; Southwest, Spirit and Virgin America have also become increasingly snotty about sharing their prices.

So what to do besides rummaging around each airline’s website one by one?

Browse only cream of the crop sites like itasoftware.com, ground zero for many airfare-shopping sites (select “see calendar of lowest fares” when searching) and meta-search sites Kayak.com, Fly.com and Farecompare.com. You can’t book your ticket through any of these, but you can search hundreds of sites at once to get an idea of the best rates available.

For Europe, try Momondo.com. Airfarewatchdog.com is another option; here, real people manually search for fares and often discover last-minute specials that airlines save for their own websites.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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