Planning a winter escape or just a visit to the kids? Once you start digging around for cheap flights, the number of deals out there are overwhelming. These three sites will help you get the best deals possible with a minimum of fuss:
Airfarewatchdog's simple interface lets you search for cheap flights and more importantly, sign up for flight alerts. Not sure where you’re heading? Sign up for the 'Anywhere That’s Cheap Alert' or try the 'City-to-City Fare' alerts if you know exactly where you're heading. Claim to fame: Their staff verify all the deals and they list promo codes and monitor airline site-only fares which you can’t find on other sites.
Farecompare has a similar setup but a slightly slicker interface. You can search for cheap flights and sign up for flight alerts. Claim to fame: Their search engine monitors ticket prices of all major airlines and they email alerts when price changes occur.
CheapOAir has a nice clean design and the ability to track fares just like the other sites. Claim to fame: The fare compare page is the best we've seen. Other sites send you off to a bunch of pop-up windows. CheapOAir does the legwork for you and compiles all the flight info on one screen. It's not elegant but it's very useful. — Cerentha Harris