I was recently looking to purchase plane tickets from Seattle to Las Vegas for a weekend trip planned for March. I immediately pulled out my computer to begin comparing fares, starting with the local, all-in-one provider, Expedia. I start here to get a ballpark on prices for tickets, keeping in mind preferable departure times and ideally getting non-stop flights. Wanting the preferable leave after work and come home right after checkout flights, I knew I wouldn’t be getting the lowest prices.
After determining the best I could do at Expedia was $360, I went to look for deals at airlines not featured on Expedia. I know that Southwest makes a point of staying off of sites like Expedia however they were about $25 more than the Alaska flight from Expedia. I also tried the up-and-coming Allegiant Air which flies out of smaller Bellingham. They are usually cheaper, but I always weigh the cost savings with the inconvenience of driving the extra hour each way. At $335, I decided to spend the extra money.
In returning to Expedia, I checked for other airlines leaving from Bellingham and actually found an Alaska flight flying from Bellingham through Seattle for $20 LESS than the original flight I had found originally! Two extra flights for less money? Seems counter-intuitive, but Alaska wants to drive more traffic to its lesser-frequented destination.
In the end, I stuck with the $360 Alaska flight from Expedia. Some would then try to lookup flights on alaskaair.com, trying to shave a few more dollars, but I choose reward companies that provide affordable conveniences. And not only does Expedia give me a place to look at numerous airlines at once, but they have my credit card and travel information stored so I can give them money easily.