As soaring energy prices force airline
ticket prices ever higher, it's getting more difficult
to get a great deal. But that doesn't mean you should
||Save on airline travel
Purchase tickets on the airline's Web site.
Many airlines will slash as much as 10 percent off ticket
prices to customers who purchase them online.
Avoid the middleman.
Comparison shop online to find the best fare, and then
visit the airline's Web site directly. You'll save the
booking fee charged by the online agency.
Bend a little.
Be flexible when planning your trip. Folks with flexible
travel dates and destinations tend to scoop up the best
bargains. They're willing to fly any carrier at any
time from any airport in their area.
Skip the big lines.
Fly on smaller airlines. It often means lower fares
-- and you're not compromising on safety or comfort.
Sale not always best.
The sale price on an airline ticket is not always the
lowest price available. You may be able to find a lower
price on a nonsale ticket from another airline. Be sure
Get a second opinion.
To get the best deal possible, check prices on flights
from two or more airports in your area. The savings
may surprise you and be well worth the little extra
Fees can be taxing.
Whatever ticket price you're quoted, make sure it includes
taxes and fees. They can bump up a ticket price by $100
or more. Some ads for low fares don't include taxes
and fees. Make sure you're not comparing apples to oranges.
Invite price alerts.
Keep track of last-minute sales by signing up for e-mail
alerts from airlines with major hubs in your area.
Difference a day makes.
Cut airfare costs by traveling on off-peak days such
as Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Traveling at off-hours may save you money. The less-filled
6 a.m. flight can be a bargain.
Buy your tickets in advance.
Join the frequent-flier program of each airline that
you fly to earn free tickets.
Use an airline-reward credit card to make monthly purchases
and pay that balance off every month. You'll accrue
air miles faster. Cash them in for ticket upgrades and
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