How to Find Low Airfares

How to Find Low Airfares
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    Airfares have been climbing steadily in the past year and have now returned to pre-recession levels according to American Express Global Business Travel.

    In the first quarter of 2011, the average domestic airfares increased by 10.1 percent over the same quarter in 2011 while international flight costs rose by 8 percent for that same period. [1]

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Many travelers have decided to take to the air as pump prices have made taking to the road an expensive proposition. However, with airfare costs at the highest levels we’ve seen in several years, the financial advantage of flying may have been erased. Moreover, for people who need access to a car at their destination, those costs have risen as well.

There are many ways for you to save money on your next flight. We’ve come up with a list, taking under consideration the following money saving methods:

Check the online travel sites

— The Internet has made it easy for people to check prices online with Travelocity, Orbitz, Kayak an Expedia among the websites available. There are smaller sites worth exploring too including SayFunTravel.com. Disclaimer: SayFunTravel.com is affiliated with this website. [2]

Visit the airline sites

— Quite possibly the best place to find low airfare is on the airline’s website. If you’re a loyal customer, you may find that your favorite airline launches private sales on occasion, notifying you by e-mail or by special access to its web community. The best deals will often come at the last minute as airlines try to fill empty seats. [3]

Get a rate guarantee

— Some airlines will reduce your airfare after the fact, especially if the airline initiates a fare reduction. Familiarize yourself with the airline’s price adjustment policy. The days of one person paying $385 for his seat and others paying $329, $279 and $224 could be over. At least for you.

Make a package

— You may be able to save money if you combine your airfare with a hotel stay and a car rental. Packaged discounts can shave money across the board, bringing you net savings that are better than savings you would find if you were to book these separately.

Get flexible

— High airfares are impossible to avoid when travelers choose to fly during peak times. If you’re a business person, this can’t always be avoided. For the rest of us, adjusting our schedules to fly when traffic is slower can help save money. Starting and ending your vacation on a Tuesday or Wednesday can bring savings. As can deciding that you don’t need to at the family gathering on Christmas Day. Arriving on Dec. 26 may prove much cheaper than arriving on Dec. 24. Besides, there are 12 days to Christmas!

Lastly, if you were to fly solo you may end up paying more than if you were to fly with your spouse or another adult. Families may be able to save more, particularly if seat prices are reduced for children.

References

[1] TheStreet.com: North America Domestic Business Travel Airfares Climb Back To Pre-Recession Levels In First Quarter 2011 According To The American Express Business Travel Monitor; June 15, 2011

[2] SayFunTravel.com: Search for the Lowest Air Fares

[3] Frommer’s: Top Ten Tips on Saving Money on Airfares; George Hobica; Jan. 11, 2007

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