The Best Ways to Snag Bargain Airfares

When you’re shopping for international flights, be flexible and don’t buy too soon.

Kiplinger's interviewed Scott Keyes (pictured above), who writes an e-mail newsletter, Scott’s Cheap Flights, that sends out international airfare deals to 350,000 subscribers. Read excerpts from our interview below.

What’s your number-one rule for finding cheap airfare? Flexibility. Once you have an origin airport, a destination airport and a date that’s set in stone, about 95% of what you can do to get the price down is already out the window. Most folks look at a map and say, “I want to go to Spain.” And then they start searching. But there might not be a deal to Madrid and there could be a deal to London. Going where there’s a deal—rather than deciding where you want to go and then looking for a deal—may sound counterintuitive, but it will really help get the airfare down.

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Ryan Ermey
Former Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Ryan joined Kiplinger in the fall of 2013. He wrote and fact-checked stories that appeared in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and on He previously interned for the CBS Evening News investigative team and worked as a copy editor and features columnist at the GW Hatchet. He holds a BA in English and creative writing from George Washington University.