You’ll probably be flying in to Los Angeles on your visit unless you live in Las Vegas, San Francisco or some place similarly close. There are a lot of airports in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, so the first thing to do when choosing a flight is to choose the appropriate airport to fly in to. If you know where you are going to be staying, choosing an airport close to your destination will save you some major transportation headaches. Even with a map and compass, LA can be difficult to navigate and the last thing you want to do is get off the flight and get lost in the same urban landscape that inspired Guns ‘n’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle.”
That being said, your search for tickets does have some degree of flexibility if you can find a drastically discounted ticket and don’t mind flying in to the other side of town. Los Angeles is why the “search surrounding airports” button on the bargain flight websites was invented.
There is not a certain site or tactic for getting cheap flights to Los Angeles. Like everywhere else, the ticket prices increase around Christmas time and flights are cheap in January and February. If you have flexible travel dates, Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days to find a lower price on a flight into Los Angeles.
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It won’t save you any money, but choosing a flight that lands at night may save you some driving time upon arrival. The traffic back toward the city gets particularly ugly during the morning and evening commutes and finding a flight that lands after 7:30 at night will mean that when you take the roads they will be largely free and clear instead of jammed with the daily drives of the folks who live and work in the city.