My short bio: Hey Reddit, this is my second time here, hope to help more people this time around.

Over the last few years I’ve flown all over the world for super cheap. I started because we moved overseas and needed to come back to visit family, but I didn’t want to pay a small fortune just to see in-laws, and it grew into an obsession.

About 6 months ago I started a free email newsletter where I send out cheap flight deals to family and friends, and it’s exploded in growth, with over 100,000 subscribers. It's been a crazy ride! You can check it out here: Fly Almost Free

Some of the great deals I've sent in the last few weeks: Belize for $179, Costa Rica for $251, Iceland for under $390 or so, Barcelona for $313 Various Destinations in India for under $500, Ireland for $397, and Columbia for $300, to name a few!

My Proof: I've updated my homepage with proof!

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Icommentoncrap73 karma

What are your favorite and least favorite airlines?

ari_faf162 karma

Favorites: All the Middle Eastern ones, Singapore, just amazing service especially if you fly upfront. Least Favorite: I loathe Norwegian and WOW for their confusing pricing (but love them for lowering fares everywhere), also I really hate flying United.

I_Am_Dynamite6317148 karma

Honestly is there anyone that enjoys flying United?

ari_faf208 karma

no. they break guitars

novafern5 karma

I flew Turkish about two years ago now and they were amazing - I recommend them to anyone going overseas where they offer the destination. What is your opinion on them (if you've used them)?

ari_faf8 karma

Love em, love the Lounge, Love Istanbul, love the free Turkish delight you get on the plane

Healing_touch8 karma

Hi Ari! Wanted to say thank you for the advice you gave me last year when I was talking about my recovery from cancer and wanting to go out and travel.

I actually just got back from a trip to Victoria with the fiancé that you, in a round about way, ended up encouraging. So thanks for that (:

We’ve been telling everyone we can about your service and we’re excited to utilize it shortly ourselves.

I’ll ask a similar question to last time, maybe your answer has changed: where is your favorite “no name” place to travel; I.e not one of the big usual destinations (Paris, Rome, Tokyo, etc) but either a smaller country or less touristy city?

Thanks for doing what you do!

ari_faf18 karma

Glad to have helped!

Malta is really just a bizarre place to me. It's European but not really and no one ever thinks to go there.

Healing_touch9 karma

If you don’t mind me asking a follow up, what makes it so unique?

ari_faf26 karma

It's not unique, it's bizarre. It's this island in the med that's half arabic half Italian, somehow they're in the EU, it's just weird.

Morinu5 karma

Any advice to get cheaper flights in the summer?

ari_faf6 karma

Book way in advance. Summer is ALWAYS expensive. Everyone goes somewhere. This is the number one question I Get

wibblywobblyw0o5 karma

Any tips for freebies in flight? (Upgrades /leg room etc)

ari_faf4 karma

Depends on the airline, but these days it's all about Status and/or having the co-branded credit card. It also depends if you're flying out of a major hub airport or the end of the line deep in the middle of nowhere. I always get much better results at backwater airports :)

wannabehipster5 karma

Is there any way to fly to Australia from the US for less than a grand roundtrip? I'd really want to go there, but the options I've seen (Qantas, American, United) are so pricey...

ari_faf4 karma

The deals pop up, I've sent at least 3-4 in the last few months that were 700 or so

I_Am_Dynamite63174 karma

Any general travel tips? I fly 3-4 times a year domestically out of CHS. I prefer Delta, fly comfort. I recently booked a flight to New Orleans in April and I feel like I searched the whole of the internet but couldn't find anything less than $600 unless I was willing to fly super late.

ari_faf5 karma

Stop flying out of Charleston, is RDU or CLT doable at all?

I_Am_Dynamite63174 karma

Typically wouldn't save enough on the flight to make it worth the drive CLT is about 3 hours away and RDU is 5.

ari_faf4 karma

yup, then you're screwed

amiatthetop3 karma

Are they just cheap one ways but the return flight may be much more expensive?

ari_faf4 karma

No, almost always round trip

Gohomepatyouredrunk3 karma

What is the best travel site to book tickets through?

ari_faf3 karma

I don't have a preference really.

confettiandcupcakes3 karma

We want to go to Kauai as a family. We were thinking of going in the fall but are open to different times. How far out is the best time to get flights? Thanks so much for doing this AMA!

ari_faf-2 karma

It depends from where on the country, HI goes on sale from the west coast often.

RedditWhileImWorking3 karma

I signed up and got all of the emails for a month or more looking for something out of my city. It's an international airport in the midwest and there weren't any deals. Are deals just for people who have a major airline hub in their city?

ari_faf1 karma

Which airport? Just because it has the word international does not mean it's international. BHM, looking at you

Wubba-lubba-dub_dub3 karma

Did you ever recommend someone a cheap flight that turned out in some tragedy due to the cheapness of the airline etc.? Genuinely curious, not trying to be mean or something

ari_faf-1 karma

never saw that

drodrii2 karma

I'm in Mexico and want to go to EU and Asia soon.

Any thoughts on where to begin?

How do places like Skyscanner and Kayak impact your business?

Also...what do you do that these portals dont?

Thanks.

ari_faf5 karma

fly up to the states, much cheaper.. out of MIA

kitty_muffins2 karma

Flights are one (big!) part of the travel equation. But when planning trips I’m finding that the cost of lodging is also expensive, especially if you’re looking at hotels/ inns/ motels and not couch surfing or hostels.

Do you have any tips for finding cheap but decent hotels?

Have you ever stayed in and enjoyed a hostel or similar group lodging?

ari_faf-1 karma

I think Hostels are good, I also really like AirBNB, it depends on what you rbudget is

newtothiskink2 karma

Hi Ari.. i still get your emails every fortnight and i love looking through them for gems.

But there's been a death in the family and I need to travel to India in April and all the prices are above 900.. any recommendations ?

ari_faf1 karma

There are some good deals right now to Delhi, otherwise ask for a bereavement fair

MewlingKitten2 karma

No uk? :(

ari_faf2 karma

We used to do UK, but honestly on the short haul routes you guys are covered by all of the Low Cost Carriers, and the Long Haul was not that cheap.

tgi_2 karma

Worst airport you've been to?

ari_faf16 karma

Newark Terminal A by far

allholy11 karma

Thanks for posting! I get your emails and I'm waiting to buy in on a trip soon. What's the best credit card to use for getting travel points?

ari_faf1 karma

This is a complex question worthy of its own reddit, (/r/churning), but I am a big fan of the Chase Saphirre Preferred (not reserve) or AMEX Platinum, depending on who you fly. SPG Is also good.

superkatnip1 karma

I want to travel to Tuscany in 2018. Is there an off season? Where do I look for great rates? How far ahead do I need to book?

ari_faf-1 karma

Can you go in the Spring?

Jtegg0071 karma

Hi! So, haven't seen this asked but maybe I haven't scrolled far enough:

In various fields, I hear it said "you can do it right, or cheap, or on time; but only ever two of the three."

Is this true for your work? Like, say I had a destination in mind and was contacting you because I wanted it cheap; would the caveat be that I have to go one specific week of the year when it's cheaper? Or could you find a flight, cheap, for almost any time and any place?

ari_faf1 karma

So We find deals on a daily basis - it may not be where you want to go now, but that's where the deal is?

varsitype1 karma

Hi, thank you for doing this AMA. Do you any advice/tips for flying from the US(California) to Germany(Munich)?

ari_faf0 karma

Sure - California is a big place, but I see consistently good deals out of LAX and SFO as opposed to other airports. Sometimes the deals will be to FRA, so be flexible.

VanIsle_throwmeaway1 karma

When is the best time to book a December 2018 trip from British Columbia, Canada to New Zealand?

ari_faf1 karma

now

Innundator1 karma

Did you know that by taking one commercial airline flight you're essentially rendering your carbon footprint large enough that you can't ever make up for it?

Do you factor in the carbon cost of these flights?

ari_faf2 karma

no, I'm in denial about climate change.

misterimsogreat0 karma

Hey Ari, thanks for doing the AMA.

I booked an upcoming trip to EU a month or so ago...

One way into Copenhagen (from Dallas) for $250 and one way home (also Dallas) from Dublin for $260. Visiting for about 9-10 days.

I was pretty proud of myself as I always manage to do my due diligence and find good prices. Question is... could I have done even better, and if so, how?

ari_faf2 karma

I think that's pretty good for an open jaw using two one ways!

Jebbeard0 karma

When flying out of the DC area, is BWI, DCA, or IAD a consistently better choice, or does it really vary on route?

ari_faf1 karma

I tend to see best deals out of BWI and then IAD, rarely DCA.

klevenisms2040 karma

i booked a few flights for late may/early june several weeks ago.

all of them have been changed to make my travel times inconvenient.

when saving $$, how often do flights get changed? seems pretty strange all 3 flights i booked at a substantially better rate than others were changed

ari_faf1 karma

doesn't happen that much. You can cancel them no charge

nekokittylove0 karma

Are flights to Ukraine hard to find? (Asking because haven't been to there for many years and have relatives there)

ari_faf2 karma

nope, and in fact Ukraine International Airlines is usually pretty cheap

Gebuss0 karma

I’m trying to get from Montreal to Las Vegas but prices seem to be very expensive. I don’t have a time set yet so I’m free to go whenever the prices are most affordable. Any suggestions? I check with Spirit form Plattsburgh as well and comes out to same prices.

kent_eh2 karma

Flights that have at least one end-point in Canada are ridiculously expensive compated to what the americans pay.

Hopefully OP has some tricks to get around that (though I'm not holding my breath)

ari_faf3 karma

Montreal is tough for deals, we'll see stuff out of Toronto or Vancouver down to Vegas.

kent_eh0 karma

What are your top tips for finding cheap flights from anywhere in Canada to anywhere else in Canada?

ari_faf1 karma

Go south of the border, and fly back in. Seriously, Canada to Canada is the worst. People get excited for deals to Edmonton!

Ihatetheinternet220 karma

  1. How does your newsletter know where I'm looking to fly out of? It only asked for country

  2. The prices you gave as examples are those one way flights?

Thanks for providing this great service!

ari_faf2 karma

You'll get an email, it will ask for more info. Those are roundtrips.

richardson_dd0 karma

Are low cost airlines like southwest and Ryan Air the best choice? Or are they always the best choice?

ari_faf1 karma

It depends where you're going and how you feel about flying, does that make sense?

dwhite1950 karma

How easy/likely is it to find a trip that intersects using points, finding cheap flights, and high demand time?

I fly a weekly for work and am hoping to use points to pay for a majority a (hopeful) trip to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. I was just curious to see how realistic it would be to actually do that.

ari_faf1 karma

If it's just you on the points, it will be doable, you're going to have to time it right and try and book as soon as the schedule is released, and use sites like ExpertFlyer to search for Award space for you.

adub3241-1 karma

Trying to plan a week long vacation in September to Vancouver and Calgary. Leaving from the Madison/Milwaukee area. Any ideas what would be the easiest and cheapest flights? Where to leave from and which days of the week to fly on?

ari_faf0 karma

I know this is a long shot but can you go from Chicago?

hiddenblader905-1 karma

Can you help me find cheap flight to greece? Dates march 17-25

ari_faf0 karma

Looking for flights in March starting now is a bad idea; where are you flying from?

beepdootaah-3 karma

have you ever smoke some dOobie ??? ??? is hella Gud mans!!!1!!!! Take a try man..

ari_faf0 karma

I don't partake but I am happy it's becoming legal finally.