When the Wright Brothers successfully engineered their first flight in 1903, they probably never imagined their invention would grow into an international industry with billions of passengers traveling annually for business trips, family vacations, and spontaneous adventures. (They also probably never imagined they’d be the subjects of a YouTube rap battle
, but that’s another story.)
With the effects of the recession still looming, people are ever-conscious of ways to save — especially on inflated airfare prices. Luckily, there are scores of discount flight websites competing for our business with reduced fees, perks, and special offers galore. But all those helping hands can be pretty overwhelming, so we’ve put together a go-to list for which site you should use depending on your travel needs. Before you start googling "cheap plane tickets," you need to read this.