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YOUR GUIDE TO FINDING CHEAP FLIGHTS

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We all know that the era of dirt cheap travel is pretty much over.  Airlines are under increased pressure to make a profit and are unable to reduce fares as they used to.  There is also less competition and less flying routes with planes flying more full which further lessens their incentive.  Do not lose hope as there are still plenty of killer deals to your to reduce you air costs.  Check these out as some of them could save you big.

Flexibilty

The more flexible you can be with your travel dates and destinations, the better your chances of scoring a good deal.  Ticket prices can vary depending on the day of the week, time of day and season.

Researching a little can give you a better idea of this.  Check flights on different days of the week and different times of the year.  If you can learn when your destination is off season, you are likely so save as much as 50% on your airfare as well as your hotel.

Flying on holidays will guarantee that you will pay a premium (but you probably already knew that).  Try taking your trip just after a holiday. I have found significant price drops at these times.

Since most vacationers travel on the weekends, weekday travel is almost always cheaper.  Also late night and early morning flights will be less expensive most of the time.

Try adjusting your flight location as this could also save you big.  When I was researching a great price on a cruise leaving for Fort Lauderdale.  I also found a very cheap flight to Florida, but it was to Miami.  I discovered that, if I took the flight to Miami, rented a car to Fort Lauderdale to reach the cruise ship, I could get a 7 night Caribbean  cruise in a balcony stateroom for under $500 including airfare.

Budget Airlines

There are a few budget airlines in the U.S. but there are many of them in Europe.  It would be worth your time to google some of these and compare prices.  It could be worth some bucks for your efforts.

Earlier this year I was checking flight to Saltsburg Austria.  I felt really good when I found a round trip flight for $900.  I kept searching, as I always do, and found a flight for just under $500.  Even though you find a great price, keep looking, you could find something even better.  I do it all the time.

Booking During the Sweet Spot

As you continue searching for the best price possible, there are two things to remember.  Don’t book too early and don’t book too late.  Remember that booking too early can cost you, but if you book last minute you are doomed.  The best booking window is six to eight weeks before your flight, or around three months before if you are going to your destination during peak season.

Here are just some of the ways to decrease you flight costs.  If you know of others, please leave us a comment.

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