Updated June 18th, 2020
Hello everyone, my name is Sara Elizabeth (Lizabeth) Aycoth and I welcome you to my travel blog! I am extremely excited you decided to click on my blog and learn what tips and tricks I have to offer to you when it comes to finding cheap airline flights.
If you are looking for someone to find your travel deal, find the "Plan My Trip!" button located on the home page in my bio.
A little background on me...
I am born and raised around Charlotte, North Carolina and some may say I have a country accent. Ask me to say "right" or "coleslaw" and my country twang comes out. (And I do believe y'all is a word.) I have a sassy 8-year-old, Leylah Elizabeth, who has changed my life in more ways than I can count. I call her my mini-me because if I like something then she likes it and if I don't like something then mini-me doesn't like it usually. If I want to look a hot mess one day, then mini-me wants to match my hot mess. And the man in our lives who has to deal with our hot mess, sassy selves, is my babe, Matt. He is the quiet one and not much of a social media person, so you may not see or hear much about him. (That is his doing!) We have been together almost a decade now and this is one ride that keeps getting better day by day.
As of right now, I am working for a financial institution and recently got promoted from the leadership side of things to an individual contributor role. Right after I got this promotion, I graduated from college with a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. Now, I wonder how many of you are wondering what traveling and criminal justice have to do with each other and I am hear to say...nothing!
Ever since I was a little kid, I have been obsessed with the criminal justice system and why people break laws. I was that kid who would be riding in the backseat of my parent's minivan and as we drive by prison or jail. I would ask my parents to slow down so I can gawk as we drove by. While I love learning and reading all the material I can get my hands on about criminal justice, my love for traveling outweighs this.
My love for traveling has been with me since I was a little kid and as I got older, I imagined myself living out of North Carolina by the time I was 30 years old. (Crazy how time can change goals because I am still living in North Carolina and turn 30 in less than 5 months.) I had my heart stuck on moving to Florida for years and came very close to moving there right before I found out I was pregnant with Leylah. I sometimes find myself wondering what my life would look like if I did end up moving to FL and that thought always ends with, I couldn't imagine my life going any other way right now.
How my passion for what I do today with finding cheap airline flights began when I worked with someone in 2015 who loved traveling and not spending an arm and leg on airline tickets. He use to tell me stories of how he would fly to new places around the world and how cheap he found the airline tickets. He was that one person who seemed to be somewhere new every weekend and living on cloud 9 every Monday.
This is when my passion started to really kick in because how could someone travel across the world and only spend $50 or less on the airline tickets. I am sure the tickets cost more than that, but back then, that's what I imagined he spent. I kept thinking there is no way he is traveling this much and finding all these cheap flights. It seemed impossible to me, but thankfully he continued to travel the world and share his tips with me!
He first introduced me to Skyscanner and at the time, I was not impressed with what I found when looking at flights. Long story short, I wasn't able to find the deals he was found on that site and yet he was still traveling the world. However, I refused to give up and was determined to travel like him. (Fast forward to the present day and I love using Skyscanner.)
This is when I decided to start local and see what I could find before jumping on his level. Now local for me, was staying on the east coast of the United States. I started by looking at flights to Florida since it was such a short distance from North Carolina and remember him telling me about Allegiant Airlines. (Plus in 2015, I still had the mindset I was moving to FL, so why not visit there as much as possible.) Using the Allegiant Airlines site and seeing their prices is when I knew my journey was just beginning!
I knew I needed to set a goal date to travel or else I would only dream of these places and would never actually go. After listening to his stories for almost a year, I decided to travel somewhere in Florida for my birthday in October 2016 and one of my friends was willing to take this journey with me. I was in charge of finding our airline tickets and she was in charge of finding a hotel room. We didn't have set dates or a specific time we wanted to fly out, so I just started looking at the different deals offered by Alliegaint Airlines for the month of October.
When I found what I thought was a good deal on flights, I would screenshot the flight with the price and sent them over to my co-worker to gain his reaction to the prices I found.
Let's just say his first reaction when I showed him what I thought was a good deal, was an average answer sounding like "Yeah, that's good". I was looking for a response of "Holy cow, let me go look at those tickets." from him. So when I didn't get the reaction I wanted, I knew it was back to the drawing board for that perfect deal.
Now, let me break down the tickets I found over a course of 2 months that I was presenting to my co-worker who again was a travel Jedi to me...
Option 1: Fly from Myrtle Beach, SC directly to Fort Lauderdale from a Friday to Monday = $263
Option 2: Concord, NC directly to Miami from a Friday to Monday = $196
Option 3: Concord, NC directly to Fort Lauderdale from a Friday to Monday = $179
Getting cheaper :)
Option 4: Atlanta, GA directly to Miami from a Friday to Monday = $ 105
Option 5: Concord, NC directly to Fort Lauderdale from a Saturday to Wednesday = $112
(To this day, I still have those screenshots!)
I can see why my co-worker gave me the reaction he did when going to him with prices of $179 and up. I ended up purchasing the 5th option, however, if you were to ask me today to ballpark how cheap I could find airline tickets to Fort Lauderdale, I would say around $60-$70 round trip, direct flights. This was the trip that made my mind up on wanting to travel more and seeking to understand how I could find better travel deals. This trip will always be the trip that started it all!
After that trip, I was determined to learn more about finding cheap flights and knowing what sites to use to find those deals. I have been to Paris, Puerto Rico, California, and more which to this day, I have not spent over $250 on airline tickets. Every time I would purchase tickets and share with my friends and co-workers, I was always asked "Sara, how did you do it?" ...So, after being asked that question for a few years, I decided to start a travel blog on how I find these cheap flights.
And there you have it, a little about me and how my love for traveling started, If you are wanting me to find some cheap flights for you, just head back to my homepage and contact me from the "Plan My Trip!" button located in my bio or head over to my consultation page to enter a few details about the trip you want to take. In late 2018, I started finding cheap flights for my friends because not every loves watching airline flights like me.
In 2019, I became a travel agent with the sole purpose of helping my travel clients find hotels, car rentals, vacation packages, Disney trips, and the list goes on when wanting to travel. I do not use my travel agency to find flights because I can beat their prices. I believe that money shouldn't hold you back from traveling and seeing the world!