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HOW TO GET THE CHEAPEST FLIGHTS

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Airlines announce their sales on Tuesdays.

Airlines announce their sales on Tuesdays.

This is when airlines compete with each other and release their latest fares for the next few months, says Saglie. “Mid-day Tuesday to late-day Tuesday or early Wednesday is a good 24-hour sweet spot where you can find the latest sales.”

Airlines release their last-minute weekend deals on Tuesdays, tips Saglie. “Flexibility is your best friend for booking airfare and the willingness to go where the bargains are.”

Fly First Class at Coach Prices.

Recent global economic issues have made air travelers more price sensitive than ever — but that doesn’t mean you should forgo a big comfy seat, especially if it costs less than the same one in coach.

Domestic U.S. airlines file hundreds of thousands of discounted first class airfares called “Y-Ups” that you can use in a variety of travel situations and in some cases are cheaper than last minute or emergency purchases (even cheaper than close to sold out popular travel dates).

Test the 24 hour rule.

After you book, check the next morning to see if the price of your airfare fell. If it did, give the airline a call to cancel your flight and often you can rebook without penalty.

It's a law that you are allowed to change your flight within 24 hours.

Take Last Minute Trips.

Airlines are known to cut prices when they can't fill planes for an upcoming weekend trip. On Tuesday, they'll email offers for the coming weekend or following one to fliers who signed up for alerts. Travelers can leave Friday night or anytime Saturday, then return on Monday or Tuesday.

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Use Kayak's Explore Tool.

Use Kayak's Explore Tool.

Kayak's explore tool (kayak.com/explore) is useful for searching multiple airline fares at a time. You'll instantly see a map with all the destinations listed under a set budget.

Leave on Wednesday.

"The day with the most seats is likely to have better supply, and thus ... more empty seats that require discounting to fill the plane—meaning they'll have to release more seats at their cheapest price point."

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Book on Tues at 3 p.m. EST.

Book on Tues at 3 p.m. EST.

A study by Farecompare.com found this was the best time to buy airline tickets and shop for domestic travel.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/23-secrets-to-booking-cheap-flights-2012-7?op=1#ixzz39IeH4mUG

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Check Twitter and Facebook.

Check Twitter and Facebook.

Airlines have been experimenting with blasting fares via social media, especially Jet Blue, reports the AP. But you have to be fast: Some deals can be gone within hours.

"If you find something, jump on it," says John DiScala, who travels frequently and writes baout it at JohnnyJet.com.

Some airlines announce special sales to Facebook fans as well.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/23-secrets-to-booking-cheap-flights-2012-7?op=1#ixzz39IeQYL00

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Become a Frequent Flyer.

Become a Frequent Flyer.

It pays to cozy up to your airline of choice.

Become an elite member of the airline's frequent-flier program or use a credit card that's tied to the airline to get a leg up on other travelers, says U.S. News' Daniel Bortz.

Likewise, if you're using a credit card that offers rewards, check to see if those rewards can be redeemed for miles or travel gift cards, suggests Ask Mr. Credit Card.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/23-secrets-to-booking-cheap-flights-2012-7?op=1#ixzz39IeZcBLU

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Fly Out Early.

Fly Out Early.

The first flight of the morning is usually the cheapest, says Bortz.

The next-cheapest flight times are during or after lunch or around dinner time.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/23-secrets-to-booking-cheap-flights-2012-7?op=1#ixzz39IefPlmP

Airfarewatchdog.com searches for the cheapest flights.

With this site, you'll get pinged when prices fall and receive some excellent deals. The site uses real people to vet the deals rather than computers, so you're bound to turn up some offerings you wouldn't have found otherwise.

Says founder George Hobia: "We only send updates when we think we've found a good deal, whereas other sites might update you when a flight drops $2."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/23-secrets-to-booking-cheap-flights-2012-7?op=1#ixzz39IerkO8A

FlightFox Is An Ingenious New Way To Save On Airfare.

Want to save some money on your next travel plans?A new service called FlightFox is taking off, and it's promising to land you satisfying savings. OK, the puns are a bit obvious, but so is this Australian startup's appeal: For $29, you can potentially save hundreds.

Google ITA Software by Google.

This website was developed by MIT in the 90’s and works by searching other airfare search engines. Flight inception? Maybe. But definitely one of the best means of finding cheap flights.

Skyscanner | Find the cheapest flights fast: save time, save money!

Compare millions of flights, as well as car rental and hotels worldwide - for free! Skyscanner is the travel search site for savvy travelers.

This neat website searches all airlines, big and small, and allows you to look for the cheapest rates out of your local, rather than getting bogged down with specifics. Meaning, if you know you want to go on vacation but aren’t too picky about where, this website will provide the cheapest flights to everywhere in the world from the nearest airports to you.

Cheap flights - Search and Compare Flights with Momondo.

Momondo.com is a great option for searching airlines for cheap international flights. Rather than getting stuck paying high prices for large international carriers, this site will provide even the smallest international carriers in its search options

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Search During the night.

Search During the night.

Ok, 3:00pm on a Tuesday afternoon, got it. That’s not all though; searching a specific number of days from your flight is also necessary for getting the lowest price. Search at the earliest 3 months before your flight, and at the latest 18 days before your flight. It has been determined that the best deals are posted for flights about 6 weeks prior to their takeoff, so aim for about a month and a half before your trip to search for plane tickets.

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One Way Tickets can be a Bargain.

One Way Tickets can be a Bargain.

Buying two one-way tickets from different airlines may be cheaper than a round-trip ticket, says Saglie. Many metasearch engines will do this for you, such as Kayak’s “Hacker Fares”.

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