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So, I look pretty regularly for good deals (I started looking for great, now I’m just looking for good) to get from the west coast to Europe and I just keep missing out. Several times I have found good deals but by the time I try to buy them there’s nothing available at that price (seems to work for ITA too). How do I get my timing right?!

I am leaving from YVR with $4400 for 18 days
Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Praiano, Rome
Requesting help with Transport, Budget
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  • Sign up for fare alerts with Farecompare and Airfarewatchdog.
  • Bookmark sites and check a few times daily. After you get used to it, checking a few key routes only takes a couple of minutes.
  • Have you checked consolidators, and the links and strategies in our new user thread (top of cheap flights forum)?
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I have followed the steps for new users though I have to admit I was doing the fare alerts wrong on fare compare (didn’t realize if I followed the step far enough I wouldn’t get every update about fares from SEA to anywhere in Europe between now and the distant future). Part of what I’m having a hard time with is narrowing it down to a few sites. How do you get it narrowed down to a few sites for a few minutes? I’m just so afraid of missing something.

I am leaving from YVR with $4400 for 18 days
Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Praiano, Rome
Requesting help with Transport, Budget
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I start off broad and if something looks interesting, I narrow it down to confirm price and seat availability. So most of the time I stop with just ITA.
1. ITASoftware
2. Orbitz +/- 3 day flexible search
3. BookingBuddy
4. consolidators

Farecompare is also an interesting tool—but ITA seems to be more reliable for actual seat availability. Sometimes Farecompare alerts on something that ITA missed, so then I check it out more thoroughly using the list above.

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Don,
Whats the name of the website for consolidators?

I am leaving from US and traveling for 11 days
London, Brussels, Basel, Paris, London
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