Little Known Ways to Save On Airfares

By: Whitegyr

There are lots of great Internet Web sites which provide plenty of easy ways to save a lot of money when buying airline tickets. Web sites such as priceline.com, Travelocity.com, and cheaptickets.com allow you to see what the lowest prices are from a variety of airlines and airports at any given time.

Here are some tips for shopping online for airline tickets: First, start looking as early as possible. Ticket prices will go up dramatically when you're within a few weeks of your proposed trip. For instance, if you want to take a trip in early July, try to have your ticket purchased before the middle of June. You can find the best prices by shopping in the middle of the week. Try shopping for your tickets on a Tuesday.

Second, try flying at unpopular times. Over night flights and flights in the middle of the week will always be cheaper than weekend trips during the middle of the afternoon.

You would pay a lot more to have this kind of convenience. If you don't need it, you can save money.

Some web sites will allow you to "name your own price." You can offer a price much lower than the fares posted, but if they take your bid, you will have to buy that ticket right away. Don't be afraid to name a price lower than you think you could get. Always be willing to have stop overs (often incorrectly called a lay over) at airports during your flight. A very cheap flight may stop over at two or three airports before you reach your destination.

Don't forget to pack light! Most Air Lines now charge for each piece of luggage you bring with you. Try to only pack a carry on bag, to save the most money. If you absolutely need a lot of items once you've gotten to your destination, analyze what you need once you arrive. It may be cheaper to ship items to your final destination, or to buy some items when you get there.

Be informed of what tickets normally cost. Do lots of research and visit the ticket buying sites frequently so you'll know when you see a good deal. Sometimes really great deals are only available for a short time. If you visit your site frequently, you better your chances for a great deal. Sign up to be on the mailing lists for the ticket selling websites. They will email you about great deals to specific locations. Using these techniques I have purchased plane tickets to fly all over the country, often for around two hundred dollars per ticket.

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