Search for flights
- Finding the lowest fares
- Types of trips and searches
- Types of travelers
- Infant, child, and senior discounts
- Choosing a ticket class
- Choosing search options
- Using convenient e-tickets
Flight Search offers you several search options. Click an option at the top of the Flight Search page, or a link in the left column to select the type of search you want to conduct.
- Roundtrip means you will fly from one location to another, and then back to the first location.
- One way means you will fly from one location to another, and will not return to the first location.
- Multiple destinations means you will visit several locations and therefore need to choose flights between each of those locations.
- Timetable search enables you to search through the entire timetable of flights for all airlines, regardless of seat availability.
You will need to supply the number of travelers in each age category. You can include up to six travelers per trip. AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia uses the following age categories:
- Seniors are travelers ages 65 and older.
- Adults are travelers ages 19 through 64.
- Children are travelers ages 2 through 18.
Although most airlines charge full fares to children older than 11,
AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia collects the ages of children 12 through 18 so that we can
offer any applicable hotel and activity discounts.
- AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia will not sell tickets to unaccompanied children younger than 15.
- Infants are children under age 2. Each traveler age 12+ may accompany up to two infants in their own seats or one infant in the traveler's lap.
If you are traveling with an infant, you will be prompted to select one of the seating options below:
- laps—Choose this option if travelers (must be age 12+) in your party will hold the infant(s) throughout the flight. Please note that while infants in laps usually ride for free on domestic flights, a fee is charged on most international flights.
- seats—Choose this option if you wish to book a separate seats for the infants. You will be required to supply an infant car seat to ensure the infant's safety. The car seat must meet airline specifications. Seats reserved for infants may be billed at special infant fares. Please check with the carrier for more information.
Many airlines welcome unaccompanied minors on their flights. Learn about airlines policies for unaccompanied minors.
In addition to Coach/Economy class seating, many flights offer Business, and/or First Class seating. Please note that the following descriptions are generalizations; some airlines may use different names to describe their classes of service.
- Coach/Economy class class seating is in the main cabin area. These seats are usually the least expensive.
- Business class seating--when available--tends to feature roomier seats that recline farther, more leg room, and upgraded meal service. Other perks can include shorter lines at check-in and use of the airline's airport business lounge. Business class tickets cost more than Coach/Economy but less than First Class. (Note that when searching for business class fares, first class fares may be shown if business class fares are not available.)
- First class seating is usually in the cabin area nearest the front of the aircraft. It has the fewest and most comfortable seats, and offers upgraded meals. Other perks can include shorter lines at check-in and use of the airline's airport business lounge. First Class fares are almost always the most expensive, and are not available on all aircraft.
To restrict your roundtrip, one-way, or multiple-destination search, select one or more of the following options. Doing so may reduce the number of lower-fare flights displayed.
- Direct /
non stopflights only - Check this box if you want to see fares only for flights that do not stop or change planes at one or more airports before you reach your final destination.
- Refundable flights only - Check this box if you want to see only fares that have no penalty for canceling or changing your reservation.
- No advance purchase restrictions - Check this box if you want to see only fares that do not require you to purchase the ticket a specified number of days before the flight.
E-tickets allow you to travel without a paper ticket, eliminating the worry of leaving your tickets behind. An e-ticket confirms your ticket purchase without requiring a paper record; the only record of an e-ticket sale is in electronic form in our computer system. AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia offers e-tickets when they are available. We usually won't be able to determine whether e-tickets are available on flights until you make specific flight selections.
If you purchase an e-ticket, you will receive a paper itinerary, confirmation, and receipt via regular mail. When you check in for your flight, give the ticket agent your name, flight number, and a government-issued photo ID. You may also be required to show the credit card used to purchase your ticket. When you use e-tickets, you may not be able to check luggage at the curb. For more information about using e-tickets, see our Frequently Asked Questions.