About Fly.com – Fly.com Travel Blog https://www.fly.com/blog The Fly.com Travel Blog | News, Tips, Destinations, Hot Deals Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:50:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.23 https://www.fly.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/android-chrome-192x192.png About Fly.com – Fly.com Travel Blog https://www.fly.com/blog 32 32 Flights Search Feature Update Goes Live on Fly.com UK https://www.fly.com/blog/uk/flights-feature-update-goes-live-fly-uk/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:40:22 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=30298 Making an already great flights search site even better, Fly rolls out its latest feature update to its UK site. Fly’s US site has enjoyed these features for several days, and now the UK site gets its makeover. This latest feature release improves users’ experience on the search page and search results page. Consequently, this further aids in finding cheap flights that meet a traveller’s unique requirements.

Some of the latest features added to Fly.com/UK for finding flights:


Flights Search Page


All-New Flights Search Page

Fly.com’s home page has undergone a makeover. Cosmetically, the search page has an entirely fresh feel. Gone is the classic cloud background, replaced with a beautiful in-flight sunset. The search box is redesigned for simplicity and ease of use. Furthermore, the “Find Cheap Flights” section remains, though now distinctly separate from the search box. This change serves to distinguish it as a supplement to the core search. Also added to the search page is the new “Daily Flight Deals” section, featuring airfare deals all around the world updated daily. Additionally, a link to Fly’s Fly Club™ sign up page introduces new users to our new savings membership; more on this new feature below.


Flights Search Results Fast Filter Bar


Flights Search Fast Filter Bar

Furthermore, Fly’s search results page has seen the bulk of the improvements. The most significant addition is the new “Fast Filter” bar. Its default selection of “Cheapest” sorts flights results just as Fly always has, giving the user what they ask for sorted by price. Equally important, the other three options allow visitors to quickly find the best airfare deals by selecting from one of the other options: Secret Deals, Alternate Dates, or Nearby Airports.



Flights Search Results for Secret Deals


Fly’s Secret Deals

Possibly the best option available to travelers is Fly’s all-new “Secret Deals” results. This function displays search results for the chosen route and dates, but provides deals whose details cannot be displayed to users unless they are logged in to Fly Club™. These are special offer airlines, representing the best value available for air travel. When not logged in, the Secret Deals results remain obscured, however, registered users are presented with full itinerary details while logged in. Those not registered may signup for Fly Club™, or call Fly’s support center to receive full details on these flights.



Flights Search Results for Alternate Dates


Flights Search Results on Alternate Dates

While travel dates are often quite specific, many travelers allow flexibility in their travel schedule to get the best cheap flights. When users perform a search using Fly.com, they get results for exactly what they searched for sorted by price by default. However, savvy travelers can make use of the Fast Filter bar to choose from Alternate Dates for better prices.


Flights Search Results for Nearby Airports


Flights Search Results for Nearby Airports

Similarly to selecting Alternate Dates using the Fast Filter bar, users can opt to view results for airports nearby either their origin or destination.



Flights Search Results Modify Search


New Modify Search Bar

Replacing the previous “Modify Search” box that opened in the foreground of the page, the Fly.com flights search results page now utilizes an expandable flight search box. This new layout is designed to expedite and simplify users’ experience when performing a new search.



Flights Savings Membership Sign Up


Fly Club™

Together with the latest features detailed above, Fly Club™ represents the latest stage of evolution in flights search. To learn more, visit the signup page here.

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Fly.com Becomes Fly: We Begin A New Chapter https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/fly-com-becomes-fly-begin-new-chapter/ Sat, 08 Jul 2017 00:45:16 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=29717 We Have Moved Offices To California

For roughly a decade, “Fly.com” has been one of the largest airfare meta-search engines on the web, and now we aim to take it to the next level. We’ve moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to take advantage of the technological expertise of the region to realize this goal.

We Are Now Fly

With a new slogan!

This new identity prepares our brand for the modern age, removing the “.com” from the logo and identity to indicate Fly’s ambition to become more than simply a website — to become the way our users “Fly” to their destination. We aim for this new brand identity to convey the refreshed, modern platform that we’re transforming “Fly.com” into.

Long gone are the days of searching multiple websites to find the best travel deals.

Since we’ve completed our move to San Francisco, the engineering team has already made progress renovating the system. Most notably; we’ve gone from 400+ airfare providers to over 500. Fly can also search user-favorites such as Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz — all in real time. With nearly a hundred new partnerships, we can provide travelers with the assurance of knowing they have access to one of the largest collections of airfare providers and most up-to-date fares.

The innovative “Fare Calendar” has been improved and expanded in order to allow travelers to easily find departure and return dates at the best price for up to 180 days in the future covering over 2,000 routes (up from the previous 90 days and 1,000 routes). Through use of Artificial Intelligence, Fly can calculate airfare costs for any flight six months into the future. This allows travelers to quickly see the cost difference in flying this week or next month, a Friday vs a Tuesday, etc.

When choosing a return date, the Fare Calendar again allows users to easily choose a date that saves money.

We have begun a new chapter…


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Australia Tops North America’s 2015 Travel Wish List https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/australia-tops-north-americas-new-year-travel-wish-list-2/ Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:32:29 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=12351 It seems the islands of the South Pacific are highly desired travel destinations when money and time are no object – at least this year.  According to Fly.com’s latest Travel Resolutions Survey, Australia has trumped Italy to become the preferred destination for 2015. New Zealand and Fiji rank third and fourth (respectively).

The Fly.com survey, which questioned 563 U.S. travelers and 441 Canadian travelers, sought to establish whether or not travel destination preferences had changed since the last survey two years ago.

While the survey results are a wish list versus an actual representation of where people are flying this year, it is interesting to note that – with the exchange rate for the Australian dollar at a five-year low – the land of down under doesn’t have to be a dream. Financially U.S. travelers can make their dollars stretch a lot further once they arrive. Plus it is summer right now; an added bonus for anyone looking for some fun in the sun.

Use the Fly.com Today’s Best Fares tool to create your own fare calendar to Australia.

2015 Top 10 Most Desired Countries

  1. Australia
  2. Italy
  3. New Zealand
  4. Fiji
  5. France
  6. Greece
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Ireland
  9. French Polynesia
  10. United States

2013 Top 10 Most Desired Countries

  1. Italy
  2. Australia
  3. New Zealand
  4. United Kingdom (tie)
  5. France (tie)
  6. United States
  7. Ireland
  8. Spain
  9. Fiji
  10. South Africa
How to Score a Deal on Flights this Fall https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/score-deal-flights-fall/ Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:45:55 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog?p=11590&preview_id=11590 Time is running out for anyone still looking to use up their paid vacation days this year. Yet fall can be a great time to take advantage of off-peak prices, even amid the current trend of rising airfares.

But where should you go?

Fly.com recently conducted a data study to identify the destinations that will save you money on flights (compared with last year). The overwhelming conclusion was that – with the exception of Dallas – travelers should head west this fall.

For the post-Thanksgiving period, airfares to Los Angeles, Denver, Maui and Phoenix all cost less than last year; down an average 2%-8%. And despite being associated with expensive fares, Hawaii also offers the best deal for Thanksgiving travel. Honolulu was the only destination in the U.S. to experience a fare decrease for travel between Nov. 21-30.

In contrast, Florida’s continued popularity over the fall has played a role in rising fares. For instance, flights to Tampa between Dec. 1-21 cost 25% more in 2014 compared with last year. Airfares to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami are also up an average 7%-20% this fall.

Fly.com | Save Money This Fall #flywest

Fly.com | Save Money This Fall #flywest

For hotels, the west also seems to be an attractive proposition. Travelzoo has found some amazing hotel deals on Maui and Oahu that deliver 55% and 40% savings on peak prices, respectively. Similarly, hotels near Los Angeles and Phoenix are available at 45% off.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to #flywest!

To find the best fares for Thanksgiving and fall travel visit www.fly.com/falltravel, or use Fly.com Fare Calendars to identify the cheapest days to fly.

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Top Labor Day Tip: Book Your Flights Now! https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/top-labor-day-tip-book-flights-now/ https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/top-labor-day-tip-book-flights-now/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:13:41 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=10744 Many Americans treat Labor Day as one last hurrah to get away and seek out the sun before the fall. But when is the best time to book?

Well, here at Fly.com, we have crunched the numbers and not surprisingly found that the earlier you book the better. More importantly, based on last year’s data, we have discovered that a failure to book Labor Day flights before Aug. 9 could cost you a pretty penny – as much as $170 or more. We found that fares to popular Labor Day destinations experienced a dramatic price increase three weeks before the Labor Day weekend (Aug. 9-16).

If history repeats itself, this means that those travelers still looking to purchase flights to destinations like Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and San Juan (Puerto Rico) could be running out of time to score lower fares.

But what if you are not sure about where to travel to this Labor Day?

Don’t worry; we have your back. Here is a rundown of some of the best airfares that we have found in recent days. All fares roundtrip, including taxes.

  • Dallas-New Orleans … $87
  • Denver-Las Vegas … $131
  • Baltimore-Myrtle Beach … $135
  • San Francisco-Palm Springs … $163
  • Atlanta-Denver … $197
  • Boston-Chicago … $199
  • Chicago-Orlando … $205
  • Minneapolis-Los Angeles … $215
  • New York City-New Orleans … $238

For a complete list of today’s best Labor Day fares, visit Fly.com/LaborDay.

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Want to Know What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day? https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/want-know-dad-really-wants-fathers-day/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:21:18 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=10286 Finding the right gift for Dad can sometimes be tricky, and it is easy to fall into the safe zone of just giving a new tie. However, a recent consumer survey from Fly.com™ reveals that the one thing dads really want on Father’s Day is time with their kids.

Nearly a third of respondents look forward to celebrating Father’s Day with their family, and another 41 percent enjoy either a nice meal or cookout. However, if given the chance, the majority of those surveyed are actually interested in flying somewhere for Father’s Day, and 77 percent want to take their children with them.

Similarly when it comes to giving the gift of travel, dads would like something that the whole family can enjoy. All age groups, except for the over-60s, indicated they would prefer to receive a travel gift that includes their kids – although a few dads ages 31-50 would choose a guy trip with friends.

But not all dads are created equal, and age definitely plays a factor in determining both how to celebrate and what gift to purchase. Dads ages 21 to 30 prefer to receive an art or craft from their child, while those between the age of 31 and 60 prefer a hobby-related gift. In contrast, dads over the age of 60 would appreciate a travel gift. Very few of the survey respondents want to receive an item of clothing on Father’s Day.

The Fly.com survey questioned 391 fathers within the United States. For other key findings, please refer to the table below.

  Age 21-30 Age 31-40 Age 41-50 Age 51-60 Over 60

Most likely to appreciate a handmade gift from child






Most likely to appreciate an electronic/gadget gift






Most likely to want to spend time with family on Father’s Day






Most likely to want to have a nice meal on Father’s Day






Most interested in traveling for Father’s Day






Least likely to take kids with them for Father’s Day travel






Most likely to choose a family vacation as a Father’s Day travel gift






Least likely to choose romantic getaway as a Father’s Day travel gift






Most interested in a romantic getaway






Most interested in traveling somewhere with friends






Most easy to please






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Head to Mexico for Great International Flight Deals this Summer https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/americas-favorite-international-destinations-for-summer-travel/ Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:36:10 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=10022 The results are in. We’ve analyzed the data from more than 5 million user searches and identified that many American travelers are choosing to fly to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America this summer.

In fact searches to these three regions represent nearly half of our Top 50 International Summer Destinations for 2014 list.

More importantly flights to popular cities within these regions have experienced a notable price drop, compared to airfare for the same period last year  – with some routes delivering hundreds of dollars in cost savings.

Overall, average airfare to destinations in Mexico dropped 8%, and flights to the Caribbean and Central America were down 4% and 7% respectively. In contrast, the average cost of a roundtrip flight to Europe is 6% higher than last summer.

Check out our Top 50 below for some summer travel inspiration. We’ve even included average fare prices so that you can see which cities offer the best bang for the buck.

Happy Travels!

 Destination Avg. Price 2013 Avg. Price 2014  Destination Avg. Price 2013 Avg. Price 2014
1. Cancun, Mexico  $787 $660 26. Tel Aviv, Israel  $1,308 $1,363
2. London, United Kingdom  $1,243 $1,369 27. Amsterdam, Netherlands  $1,222 $1,262
3. Paris, France  $1,221 $1,266 28. Bangkok, Thailand  $1,372 $1,408
4. Rome, Italy  $1,272 $1,319 29. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  $1,629 $1,526
5. Dublin, Ireland  $1,104 $1,080 30. Hong Kong, Hong Kong  $1,422 $1,310
6. Montego Bay, Jamaica  $694 $671 31. Philipsburg, St Martin/St Maarten  $811 $857
7. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico  $659 $637 32. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  $804 $695
8. Oranjestad, Aruba  $660 $721 33. Guadalajara, Mexico  $610 $604
9. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic  $822 $739 34. Venice, Italy  $1,271 $1,391
10. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  $621 $631 35. Mexico City, Mexico  $771 $598
11. Manila, Philippines  $1,454 $1,467 36. Copenhagen, Denmark  $1,106 $1,191
12. Barcelona, Spain  $1,082 $1,207 37. Kingston, Jamaica  $820 $631
13. Frankfurt, Germany  $1,277 $1,416 38. Bridgetown, Barbados  $766 $834
14. Milan, Italy  $1,203 $1,229 39. Mumbai, India  $1,327  $1,304
15. Lima, Peru  $1,135  $1,039 40. Delhi, India  $1,272 $1,308
16. Shanghai, China  $1,589 $1,478 41. Taipei, Taiwan  $1,530 $1,454
17. Athens, Greece  $1,248 $1,233 42. Sao Paolo, Brazil  $1,494 $1,605
18. San Jose, Costa Rica  $774 $724 43. Munich, Germany  $1,229 $1,284
19. Madrid, Spain  $1,128 $1,229 44. Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic  $815 $755
20. Nassau, Bahamas  $546 $555 45. Castries, St. Lucia  $1,324 $965
21. Beijing, China  $1,599 $1,462 46. Santiago, Dominican Republic  $671 $672
22. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  $1,378 $1,719 47. Panama City, Panama  $719 $729
23. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands  $611 $602 48. Istanbul, Turkey  $1,076 $1,059
24. Seoul, South Korea  $1,438 $1,411 49. Port-au-Prince, Haiti  $645 $677
25. Tokyo, Japan  $1,480 $1,418 50. San Salvador, El Salvador  $731 $609


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Spring Break: Where Folks Are Flying and What They Are Paying https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/spring-break-folks-flying-paying/ Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:07:58 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=9330 New research from Fly.com™ has identified the best and worst destinations for budget-conscious travelers still looking to purchase flights for the mid-term getaway.

This spring break students and families across America are enjoying reduced airfares to many popular destinations, compared with 2013 pricing. However, while some routes have decreased in price by as much as 66%, the No. 1 spring break destination (for seven of the eight college towns analyzed) was not the cheapest flight route available. Nor was it the destination with the biggest year-on-year price drop.

Those travelers looking to get the best bang for their buck should instead consider alternative destinations to the most popular vacation spot from their city.

For instance East Coasters can get tremendous value from destinations like Las Vegas, Cancun and West Palm Beach. And, on the West Coast, flights to Hawaii are trending significantly lower than last year.

For a rundown of this year’s Top 10 spring break destinations from Boston, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. click here.

And to find the best airfares for spring break travel, visit Fly.com Today’s Best Fares.

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Share Your Travel Love Bug: Fly.com Announces Writing Competition https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/share-travel-love-bug-fly-com-announces-writing-competition/ Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:39:34 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=9287 Did you find a great flight deal on Fly.com and then go on to have an amazing vacation? Fly.com wants to hear from you!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Fly.com is launching its “Travel Love Bug” program.

Each week Fly.com will profile a new destination on its blog, based on the travel experience of a genuine Fly.com user.

In return, the traveler deemed to have written the most informative write-up that month will receive a $10 Travelzoo gift card – to help nurture their travel love bug!

The conditions to enter the Fly.com Travel Love Bug competition are:

  1. You must have visited the destination you are writing about using flights found on Fly.com
  2. All entries must be the original work of the submitter
  3. You give Fly.com permission to use your entry (for the purposes of programming, advertising, publicity and promotion) without compensation or notification

What are you waiting for? Get writing!

You can submit your travel experience via the Travel Love Bug button on our Facebook page, or by completing our Travel Love Bug questionnaire.

You can also email photos from your vacation (to support your entry) to: competitions@fly.com

The Official Rules for the Fly.com Travel Love Bug Competition is available here.


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What Travelers Really Think About Airline Fees https://www.fly.com/blog/about-fly-com/travelers-really-think-airline-fees/ Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:29:05 +0000 https://www.fly.com/blog/?p=9066 Last year we advised travelers on how to navigate airline fees, following a slew of fee-based changes during 2012. But as airlines gear up to add yet more fees during 2014, we thought it important to find out what “extras” really matter to airline passengers. And the results are in!

A recent Fly.com survey, which questioned 613 U.S. travelers between January 5 and January 9, 2014, has identified a clear gap between the services that fliers want (and are willing to pay for), and the ones currently being offered by airlines.

Not surprisingly, 89 percent of fliers are most outraged by checked baggage fees; a large revenue generator for airlines.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. airlines collected more than $2.5 billion from baggage fees during the first 9 months of 2013 alone.

However while passengers find baggage fees offensive, our survey reveals they are willing to splurge on dedicated overhead bin space for their hand luggage (43 percent). Furthermore, 35 percent are happy to pay to have their checked luggage come out first at baggage claim.

Other services at the top of flier wish lists are ones that improve comfort and efficiency. At a time when airlines are shrinking the size of seats and moving them closer together, 89 percent of our survey respondents felt that comfortable seats were a prerequisite of air travel.  As such, it makes sense that 45 percent indicated they would pay for extra legroom, 26 percent would pay to have an empty middle seat next to them, and another 34 percent would pay to prevent the seat in front of them from reclining.

At the airport, 36 percent of fliers said they would purchase a fast pass to speed through security.

For more information on how ancillary fees stack up between airlines and passengers, check out our infographic below or join the conversation on Twitter: #passengersvsairlines.

Battle of Fees Infographic

Battle of Fees Infographic

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