Unlike most travel sites, Vayama offers only travel between major U.S. cities and major overseas destinations. You can't use the site to look for domestic trips. That's not a downside; by taking this approach, Vayama is able to provide several benefits that broader fare finders can't. Among the benefits:
- You can leave either the destination or the origin open. Vayama can tell you, for instance, which international city is the cheapest destination from Washington-Dulles Airport in D.C., or which U.S. city is the cheapest place from which to depart if you want to get to Tel Aviv, Israel. (Of course, you do have to provide one or the other.)
- Vayama includes international low-cost carriers. Most of the fare finders give strong preference to U.S. airlines and concentrate on major foreign carriers when they're included. Vayama includes foreign airlines that aren't part of alliances, like Air Pacific. On the other hand, you can also indicate an airline preference if you have one.
- Search results provide lots of information. When results come up, you can quickly see everything from what alliances an airline has to what restrictions apply to the specific fare code that the search has found. Taxes are broken out in the itemized cost but included in the bold round-trip price quote that you'll see first--a big improvement over teasing you with a low fare only to find that the tax-inclusive price is $200 higher!
Sure, Vayama isn't perfect. It doesn't include all or even most destinations, and it doesn't deal with domestic U.S. flights. But when you're looking to travel internationally, give it a try. You may save a lot of time and money.