Many variables go into the price of an airline ticket. The result is that few passengers on the same plane pay the same price.
- Timing is everything--Twenty-one day and 14-day advance fares usually are the lowest. Search for fares a few minutes after midnight--when reservations previously put "on hold," but not ticketed, are released. Avoid peak travel times including holidays. Travel before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Fly Tuesday through Thursday; include a Saturday night stay.
- Search the Web--Lower priced fares often are offered online. In fact, the same ticket may be $25 more if you buy it over the phone.
Choose an alternate city--Can't find the airfare you want from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to La Guardia Airport in New York City? Consider leaving from and arriving in alternate cities.
Budget airlines--Smaller airlines are good options if you missed advance purchase deals on major airlines. Budget airlines also offer the best deal if you're flying one-way. Typically major airlines charge hefty prices for one-way fares.
Promotions--When an airline begins service to a new city, look for introductory discounts good for 30 days or 60 days. Don't book without asking about promotions.
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