9 Niche Travel Sites To Bookmark This Weekend

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    With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's hard to suppress those daydreams about booking a one-way trip out of dodge.

    But if the thought of braving long lines and cramped cabins is enough to make your stomach turn, we've found plenty of sites that do the hard work for you. Here are nine travel sites to bookmark this weekend:

    1. ITA's Software Matrix As we've written before, there's plenty to love about Matrix. While the interface takes some getting used to, it is incredibly helpful for pinning down elusive K-UP business fares and customizing all legs of your trip, from departure to layover to return.

    Memorize some of its routing codes and you'll have a field day finding fares that fall within your criteria for layover stops, airports and seats. For example, specifying which airport you'd been keen to fly out of is as easy as typing in LGA, EWK, JFK. Then, if you're looking to fly United Airlines and American Airlines, you can type in LGA, EWK, JFK :: UA, AA.
    The only downside to using ITA is that you can't book fares through its system. For that, you'll just have to go the old-fashioned route: picking up a phone to call an agent.

    2. Vayama International fliers will love this site, which excels at finding two one-way fares that beat the price of a roundtrip fare. It's also great for flights to South America — a friend who flies there often swears by its deals. The best time to search is six weeks out when fares tend to be at their lowest.

    3. TripTuner For the indecisive traveler, TripTuner works like an all-knowing guide, using a panel of six sliders to "tune" your trip. We had fun testing out the cool interface, which looks like a recording engineer's soundboard, and the spots it suggested weren't shabby either. Maxing out the sliders on Relaxing, Adults Only, Parka, and Thrifty delivered some eclectic results, ranging from Puerto Plata to cultural hotspot Ubud, Bali.
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