Finding the right plane ticket can be a daunting task. Price, flight schedules, airlines, connection times, frequent flier miles, and other factors may all affect your final purchasing decision. We recommend searching at least three sites. If you have questions about purchasing a ticket or are nervous about buying on-line, please sign up for an advising appointment. We are happy to guide you through the process.
However, please avoid waiting until a couple of weeks before your program begins in the hopes of finding a ‘deal’ on airfare. You can sometimes find last-minute deals when travelling recreationally, when you have flexibility with dates and sometimes even the destination, but for an international flight with rigid dates and destination, you will very likely pay more the longer you wait to buy the ticket, and significantly more if you wait until the last minute.
Here are a few travel websites that OCS recommends regularly:
StudentUniverse provides students with exclusive, significantly discounted airfares to many destinations.
The Mobissimo search engine performs real-time queries of the multiple websites that travelers traditionally check manually (plus dozens of others that are often overlooked).
Kayak.com searches hundreds of travel sites to give you a wide choice of flights and prices.
STA Travel offers competitive airfare for students, with student discounts as high as 30%.
CheapFlights provides links to various search engines that show low-cost domestic and international airline tickets.