Best cheap flight websites you should be using

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Booking a flight can be overwhelming, we all know that. Whether you’re traveling across the state or to the other side of the world, you want to know you’re getting the most out of your money. With a range of different services, airlines, and seating arrangements, there are so many things to consider, but we’ve got some of the best flight websites which offer the cheapest flights.

Go direct

One of the best ways to book flights is through the airline itself, rather than through a third party. Airlines often have deals and reduced prices, although, even without a price reduction, they will usually cost no more than other online booking agents, but will give you peace of mind. If something were to go wrong with your booking or you needed to make an alteration, it’s easiest to speak directly to the airline who can deal with your issue quicker and more efficiently than an external agent.

Expedia

The trusted website has been around since the 90s and is no less popular for booking flights today. It can be used to book hotels, rental cars, and activities, too, meaning you can plan your entire trip through one website, which is certainly handy. They also offer a rewards scheme, meaning you can save money on future trips, the more you use their site.

Hotwire

Hotwire has been operating for roughly 20 years, making it one of the most reputable and reliable online booking websites. The site is easy to use, simple, and efficient for your convenience. All you have to do is input your details into the search bar, and it will bring up all the best deals. They also offer package deals which include hotels. These deals are almost unbeatable every time, with their package deals working out much cheaper than booking a flight and hotel separately.

Orbitz

Orbitz has been around just short of 20 years and has a successful rewards scheme where each booking earns you Orbucks which can save you tons on future hotel bookings – but not flights, sadly. This scheme works out so that 1% of your booking price is knocked off your next hotel bill. So a $ 300 flight, would subtract $ 3 from your hotel booking when you redeem your Orbucks. They also have a price match guarantee, but do charge a booking fee.

Priceline

This website is known for ‘opaque bookings,’ meaning that you book a flight without knowing the specific details, like times and the airline. In this way, airlines can fill more of their seats, and travelers can bag some pretty good deals. However, it’s not for everyone. You must have a pretty flexible schedule and be willing to go with whatever you’re told. The tickets cannot be canceled or changed, but, if you’re willing to blind book, Priceline can offer savings of up to 30%.

We all want to find the cheapest flights possible but from the most reliable site. These four websites are popular with travel fans and can offer you some great deals. They’re definitely ones to try for your next trip abroad.

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Traveling abroad is rarely ever cheap. Even if you manage to bag some accommodation at an affordable rate, you still have the cost of getting there to worry about. Thankfully, your flights don’t always have to leave you broke before you’ve even made it on your vacation. As long as you travel with the right airline, you can pay for your journey without blowing all your savings.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines won’t jet you off on vacation to Europe or Australia, but it can handle all your traveling needs within the United States. Whether you’re flying from Texas to Alaska, or you’re just hopping over to your neighboring state, this airline’s got you covered. Prices for a round trip can be as low as $ 30 which will barely leave a dent in your travel budget. With the added bonus of a mileage program that gifts you things like priority boarding, you might want to go with Frontier Airlines for your next American vacation.

jetBlue

Prepare to fly a little further if you choose JetBlue the next time you book a flight. As well as traveling all over the United States, this budget airline will also fly to the very south of the North American border. Holidays in Mexico and the Caribbean are definitely on the table with this provider, and your flights there are sure to be ones you’ll enjoy too. JetBlue planes generally offer greater leg room capacity than many other cheap airlines, while also providing things like onboard dining services. It’s everything you probably expect from a flight, just at a fraction of the cost.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has been offering budget flights for the people of America for decades. They’ve been around since the early ‘70s, and for the last 50 years, they’ve been flying further and quicker without putting customers out of pocket. Not only can you jet off to over 100 destinations via Southwest Airlines, but you also have the bonus of taking two free bags on your flight. That’s a service that’s rarely offered by airlines, so you know that Southwest is treating you right. Not that you really need to save much money seeing as how their fares are also exceptionally affordable.

Virgin America

You might think a respected brand like Virgin would offer somewhat costly flights for its passengers. However, Virgin America is regularly praised for its affordability, making it one of the leading budget airlines in the country. Things like Wifi availability and spacious seating will have you flying in style as you head off on vacation, all while you’re tended to by award-winning airline staff. The crew at Virgin America pride themselves on the level of care and attention they show their customers, and it shows. Their dedication is merely the cherry on the cake when it comes to this affordable airline.

Going on vacation can cause a great deal of stress, but there are ways to stop your mini break from driving you insane. If you fly with one of these affordable airlines, at least you can cross saving money off of your list.

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The sale event starts on November 16th and ends on November 18th, so you have plenty of time to check out the deals and make up your mind. The discounted items will be available both in store and online.

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5 Pricy Services You Can Get for Cheap if You Let a Student Practice on You

One of the best experiences I had when I was pregnant with my first son nine years ago was a  free ultrasound at a sonography school.

In a room with other pregnant volunteers and our partners, ultrasound tech students took turns examining our various-sized baby bumps, learning what to look for in fetal ultrasounds under the guidance of vetted professionals.

What that meant for me was that rather than the short-and-sweet ultrasounds I’d had at my OB’s office, I got to watch my little love squirm, kick and do all the other fetus things for an entire hour. Plus, they sent me home with a bunch of sonogram photos to get my baby book started — all for exactly zero dollars.

Sonography schools always need models, so if you’re interested in an extended sneak preview of your baby-to-be, you can find a sonography school near you.

But even if you aren’t pregnant, other types of services are available at fractions of the normal costs. That’s because these services are performed by students nearing graduation. They need your trust and, more importantly, your physical body before they can get licensed.

Save Big on Beauty Treatments

You can get deeply discounted beauty services at cosmetology schools — from haircuts and color to manis and pedis, and even waxing, facials or just getting your makeup done. All you have to do is let someone practice on you. Fellas, you can get it on this, too, with facial grooming options, shaves and even “guy lights.”

I know, I know — it’s a little risky letting a student shape your eyebrows. But you’re actually in good hands.

In my experience, cosmetology students take their time and make sure you’re happy with what they’re doing. Also, there are established stylists walking around to make sure everything is being done properly.

Sample prices include haircut and style services that start at $ 12, color starting around $ 40 and manicures for $ 15.

You can find local cosmetology schools in your area. In addition to local options, schools like Aveda and Paul Mitchell have locations all over the United States.

Find an Aveda near you, and check out its super affordable prices.

Or search for Paul Mitchell Schools locations — here is its list of its services and prices.

Both price lists are for specific locations, but the costs are comparable across the nation.

Pay Less for Massages

Massage therapy is another profession that requires practice on real-life bodies. Yay! We have those!

Most schools have fees, but they’re about half what you would normally pay for a massage.  

At Cortiva Institute, which has 30 U.S. locations, an hourlong massage of any kind is only $ 30, and 90 minutes is $ 45.

Since the average cost for a massage is about $ 60 per hour, the student massage route is a win-win for all involved. Judging from the glowing Facebook reviews of the Alpha School of Massage in Jacksonville, Florida, student massage therapists are doing some pretty amazing work.

To find massage schools near you, start by checking out the American Massage Therapy Association’s website.

Eat Fancy Food at Budget Prices

Grab a cheap gourmet meal at a local culinary school.

At The Tutored Chef, a restaurant run by students at the Art Institute of Tampa, all appetizers are only $ 3. The salads are $ 4, and sandwiches and lunch entrees are all a budget-friendly $ 6.

And while you may say, “Yeah, but I can get McDonald’s for cheaper than that,” I counter with this: Can you get marinated pork tenderloin, pickled vegetables, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, a French baguette (which you just know is made from scratch) and Parmesan garlic herb fries at a regular restaurant for only $ 6?

While this is just one student-run restaurant at one culinary school, the gist is the same for all of them: decadent, handcrafted foods at equally delectable prices.

Important to note: These offerings are generally only available at certain times on certain days during the week, so check ahead of time.

Find your local culinary schools for deals near you.  

Get Deals at the Dentist Office

If you don’t have dental insurance (and maybe even if you do), the cost of oral care is no joke. Going to a dental school is a great way to keep up with your oral hygiene, help a future doc out and not go broke.

I went to one through the University of Florida to get my long-overdue wisdom tooth extraction. Both the hygienist and the dentist were very nice and patient, which I appreciated, because getting your wisdom teeth out is a little freaky. I had no issues afterward and had the best experience one could expect.

Dental schools are open to anyone, but pricing is different by location and is determined your personal mouth situation. Dentistry schools offer services for all dental care needs, including for kids, emergency situations, specialized care or just preventative care.

Find local dentistry schools in your area to see what your options are.

It’s that easy to help a student hone their craft, while you get pampered for a portion of the usual cost. Everybody wins!

Amy Beeman is a writer and researcher in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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You Had Us at Glow-in-the-Dark Fangs: 9 Cheap Halloween Candy Alternatives

Don’t let November 1 wind up being a day of regret.

Having tons of Halloween candy left over because you overestimated how much you’d need for trick-or-treaters ends two ways. You’ll either be eating way too many fun-sized candy bars or you’ll eventually end up trashing them by the dozens — and wasting money.

Why not try out something different this year? Plenty of goodies to give out to trick-or-treaters don’t involve chocolate, artificial fruit flavors or sugar.

I recently visited two dollar stores in my area — Dollar Tree and Dollar General — to find Halloween treats of the non-candy variety. I ended up spending only $ 9 (plus tax) for 213 individual trinkets.

The best part about these treats is whatever’s left over can be reused next year.

9 Halloween Candy Alternatives

1. Glow-in-the-Dark Vampire Teeth

A person holds glow in the dark vampire teeth over Halloween trinkets.
All the better to bite you with, my dear — and nobody will get hurt from glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth, which cost $ 1 for 10 at Dollar General. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

It doesn’t matter what a kid’s costume is — it can always be enhanced by a pair of vampire teeth. The fact that these glow in the dark is an added bonus.

Price: 10 for $ 1 at Dollar General.

Cost breakdown: 10 cents per set of teeth.

2. Sparkly Foam Stickers

Glittery foam Halloween-themed stickers on concrete.
Glittery, colorful foam stickers in Halloween shapes are 75 for $ 1 at Dollar General and make an inexpensive alternative to candy for trick-or-treaters. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

These glittery foam stickers are substantial enough to give one out per trick-or-treater. They come shaped like skulls, bats, jack-o’-lanterns and other classic Halloween characters.

Price: 75 for $ 1 at Dollar General.

Cost breakdown: 1.3 cents per sticker.

3. Mummy Army Figurines

2-inch-tall plastic mummy army figurines are a good candy alternative for Halloween.
This army of 2-inch-tall plastic mummy figurines, 10 for $ 1 at Dollar General, can act as a candy substitute when little goblins and ghouls come calling. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

These 2-inch-tall plastic figurines are the Halloween version of toy Army men. Perfect for a make-believe battle of the undead.

Price: 10 for $ 1 at Dollar General.

Cost breakdown: 10 cents per figurine.

4. Halloween Pencils

No. 2 Halloween pencils photographed on concrete.
No. 2 Halloween pencils will almost make taking a test (does anyone use them for tests anymore?) fun. You can buy 10 for $ 1 at Dollar General. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

No. 2 pencils will never go out of style. These “treats” are practical, but the designs keep them fun.

Price: 10 for $ 1 at Dollar General.

Cost breakdown: 10 cents per pencil.

5. Sticker Boxes

Small boxes that contain Frankenstein, skeletons and black cats in sticker form are 18 for $  1 at Dollar Tree.
You can’t go wrong with stickers — and you can’t buy Halloween treats for much less. These Frankenstein, skeleton and black-cat stickers are 18 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

Frankenstein, skeletons and black cats — in sticker form — will greet your trick-or-treaters when they open these little packages. Each box contains eight Halloween-themed stickers.

Price: 18 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree.

Cost breakdown: 5.5 cents per sticker box

6. Creepy Creatures

Four-inch glow-in-the-dark centipedes are 12 for $  1 at Dollar Tree.
These 4-inch-long glow-in-the-dark centipedes, 12 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree, will make wee trick-or-treaters say “eek.” Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

The kids get enough treats on Halloween. Go for a fun trick with these 4-inch glow-in-the-dark centipedes.

Cost: 12 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree.

Price breakdown: 8.3 cents per bug.

7. Halloween Spinning Tops

Halloween Spinning Tops are 8 for $  1 at Dollar Tree.
Halloween-themed spinning tops, eight for $ 1 at Dollar Tree, will amuse the neighborhood kids. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

All the sugar kids consume on Oct. 31 will have them running in circles. These Halloween-themed trinkets will spin right along with them.

Price: 8 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree.

Cost breakdown: 12.5 cents per spinning top

8. Rings

Plastic Halloween rings shaped like spiders, skulls and bats are 50 for $  1 at Dollar Tree.
Plastic rings shaped like spiders, skulls and bats are 50 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree and add an extra touch of the holiday to Halloween costumes. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

Trick-or-treaters can show off their love for all things Halloween with plastic rings shaped like spiders, skulls and bats. Let the kids pick out their favorite.

Price: 50 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree.

Cost breakdown: 2 cents per ring.

9. Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets

Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets are 20 for $  1 at Dollar Tree and a good alternative to Halloween candy.
Trick-or-treaters will be more visible wearing glow-in-the-dark bracelets on Halloween. They’re affordable, too: $ 1 for 20 at Dollar Tree. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

These bracelets will be the highlight of your trick-or-treaters’ night — literally — by adding a touch of neon to kids’ Halloween costumes. Wait until there are visitors at your doorstep before you snap and shake the bands to activate the bracelets’ glow.

Price: 20 for $ 1 at Dollar Tree.

Cost breakdown: 5 cents per bracelet.

Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She still has candy in her house from Easter that she needs to throw away.

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