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With a little patience and persistence, you can find lower rates on your ariline tickets by following these tips.
With a little patience and persistence, you can find lower rates on your ariline tickets by following these tips.
Travel is fun, but paying for it isn’t!

One of the best solutions used to be taking car trips; you could get the entire family away without paying a fortune.

Unfortunately, steep gas prices make road trips less and less attractive.

Is it possible to take a plane trip without breaking the bank? Of course it is.

You can get cheap airfare if only you know where to look and how to ask.

Follow these tips to get discount airline tickets for your next trip.

  1. Take the time to do a little comparison shopping to find out what the average price is. Look around for promotional fares or travel packages to save on the total travel cost. For example, you might be able to get a nice hotel room at a discount by booking on a particular airline.Note that these options may require you to fly out on certain days or stay a specific amount of time, so make sure to do this before you make your hotel reservations. You may need to be flexible about your schedule to get the best deal.
  2. Don’t forget about your frequent flyer miles. Many airlines are now offering new options regarding their use, so you don’t have to have as many miles saved up to get a cost savings. If you’ve got some miles saved up, check out the airline to see what your newest options are.
  3. Consider flying a different airline. Find out what smaller airlines run out of your airport and check their websites directly. Often, they won’t list their tickets on the larger travel sites like Priceline or Travelocity or with the travel agencies, but you can book cheap airline tickets right on their sites. You’ll also avoid the fees associated with using an agency or travel site to book the tickets.
  4. Don’t fly at peak times. While it’s no fun to get up ridiculously early in the morning or fly late at night, it’ll mean lower costs in the long run. Or try flying on lower volume days. Often, you’ll be able to get comparatively cheap airline tickets if you fly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday than on any other day.
  5. Be willing to make a stop. Airline tickets for nonstop flights are always more expensive than those with layovers.
  6. Reserve your tickets as early as possible. By getting them more than 21 days in advance of your flight, you’ll pay less.
  7. Try using an airline consolidator. They buy airline tickets in bulk and pass along the cost savings to you.

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