Hotwire Flights: Tips and FAQ's
What You Need to Know using Hotwire Flights
You can save a lot using discounted Hotwire flights, but you need to know the ins and outs of using these.
Are Hotwire airfares good deals?
As the deep discount arm of the company that owns Expedia.com, Hotwire enjoys huge buying power and negotiates great deals.
Hotwire discounts may not work so well during peak periods. If you're traveling to Las Vegas on a Friday and returning on Sunday, expect airfares to be higher, with often little or no discount off regular fares. However, check because you may get lucky.
What are the best deals?
For best prices on Hotwire.com, look especially for a "Our lowest fare" in the flight choices.
Which airlines does Hotwire use?
Hotwire works with airlines like American, Delta, Northwest, Cathay Pacific, United, Singapore, British Airways, Frontier, US Airways, and Virgin Atlantic—the ones that generally offer advanced seat selection. Hotwire does not use Southwest Airlines.
Are there advanced purchase requirements?
No, not for the fares displayed. However, your fare is not guaranteed until paid for.
Can you get Hotwire discount fares on same-day flights?
Yes, if discounted seats are still available.
In order for you to have ample time to get to the airport and go through security, Hotwire currently will not book you on a flight earlier than
Moreover, you cannot book "Our lowest fare" international Hotwirel flights after 4:00 p.m. (local time at the airport) for same-day departures. That limits what is available.
Must I stay over a Saturday night for the lowest fare?
Do I pick my flight times?
Hotwire.com offers two types of airfares —
What if I don't see a Hotwire "Our lowest fare?"
Try other dates and alternative airports.
These low fares are usually worth some flexibility on your part. Hotwire may suggest alternatives.
What about connection times?
"Our lowest fare" Hotwire flights to Canadian or U.S. destinations travel either nonstop or with no more than one flight connection, unless Hotwire tells you otherwise prior to booking.
Eighty percent of Hotwire "Our lowest fare" connection layover times in North America are 90 minutes or less. Scheduled domestic layovers are never longer than 3 hours, unless flight schedules offer no choice..
International travel other than to Canada may require longer connections.
"Our lowest fare" Hotwire flights do not guarantee travel on a jet.
Can I get a refund or make changes?
Once you authorize your credit card payment for a Hotwire "Our lowest fare," you can not get a refund. You will not be able to change your ticket even by paying a fee.
Regular Hotwire flights follow the usual airline rules. These tickets are usually non refundable, but at times part of their cost may be applied to later trip.
How will I get my ticket?
Tickets to places in North America and most international tickets are issued electronically. You do not have to bring along a paper ticket, which could be lost or stolen.
However, be sure to bring a copy of your confirmation for airport security and check-in. If you have no access to a printer, write down your reservation information.
Can I stand by for alternative flights?
Some airlines, but not all, allow you to stand by for alternative flights on the same day for a fee, when using Hotwire discounted tickets.
You should stand by for earlier flights. If not able to get on earlier, you can always use your reserved Hotwire flights.
Should I do anything after booking?
Reconfirm flight times several times prior to traveling, in case of changes.
These days, allow more time than you think you may need for getting to the airport.
Any other tips?
Again, always check alternative dates on Hotwire.com for the best prices.
Enjoy getting a great deal on Hotwire flights!