Choose Your Baggage Needs
The first step when searching flights on Kayak is to enter the details of your itinerary; the number of passengers, departure and arrival cities, travel dates, a preferred class of service, and baggage needs. Be sure to select the number of carry on and checked bags you are traveling with so Kayak can work its magic and factor in any additional amount the airline charges for bags. This helps sort through special fares, such as basic economy, that may not include baggage. Kayak will then allow you to compare the REAL total price of flights including baggage. No baggage surprises!
Wait For Page To Fully Load
It’s essential to keep in mind that since Kayak searches so many options across the web, you’ll want to be sure to wait until your search page fully loads. This can take up to a minute, but it’s worth the short wait to have so many options.
Use The Filters
Once the travel search engine pulls up your results, you’ll have numerous options to filter the results based on your criteria. Kayak’s filters include stops, duration, landing times, layover cities, in-flight amenities, and even aircraft type. It also has a filter that allows you to factor in “alliance” type for loyalty programs.
Set Up Price Alerts
Kayak also offers travelers the ability to receive free price alerts. This is an excellent option if you’re patient and waiting for a better price for a flight to your destination (keep in mind prices may go up as you near the departure date). After setting up your free Kayak account, the service can track specific flight prices over time, even if you don’t want alerts.
Take Note Of Airline Booking Site
It’s important to note that if you need a refund or a cancellation, you will need to contact the travel booking site directly, as Kayak is just a travel search engine.