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How to Buy Cheaper Airline Tickets

Updated on April 1, 2011

Are you a frequent traveler? Do you like to explore unknown destinations around the world? If you are like me then the answer is probably yes. But, what do we do with the price of oil rising along with the price of our airline tickets? Well obviously it is something we are going to have to continue to take into account when we are purchasing our tickets and there are a number of things we can keep an eye out for and places to book our flights that will still give us a good deal.


So dropping those plans for your exotic vacation are really not necessary you can still get plenty of flight deals through a number of sites. On top of that the extra exposer those airlines are taking with charging for extra baggage and higher fees has set a lot a people off from traveling. This can be worked to your advantage because airlines are still competing in this tough market for your dollars. As a frequent traveler you already know that buying those tickets is a hassle and sometimes we want to go so bad we purchase the first or second price we see. Especially if we are surfing sites like Orbitz or Hotwire to find the best deals to just name a couple.

Yes those discount airline sites are great you can find a pretty decent deal sometimes when you go through them. They usually have the option to include hotels and car rentals along with them to make the packages even better. But here is the problem using those discount sites are usually more expensive then if you bought them individually. I find that purchasing the flights right from the airlines I can save an extra fifty dollars by doing it through there site. Then the same goes with hotels and car rentals. Hey If I can save an extra fifty dollars by not using those program sites guess what I will.

Another option I have found while either looking for packages besides comparing flight information from the major airlines is auction sites. A lot of people have canceled their plans but have already bought a ticket for the destination and with a non-refund so they place these tickets good for X time. So if you are a little more flexible with your plans you can save a ton of money on plan tickets by buying them through Ebay or another airlines auction site.

Another option for travelers looking for good deals on flights is to fly on non-busy days. During the week more so on the weekend flyers will pay a third of what is normally available since the flight is not as booked up and there are still empty seats. So choosing to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday will greatly multiply your savings. Same as if you purchase a one way or a round trip coming back during the week will save you more money.

Another thing people forget when buying ticket because of instant gratification attitude is the time they purchase the tickets. If you purchase your tickets at least 30 days out before you are planning to fly you will get a better deal than if you wait until the last two weeks. Airlines know how people like to put things off so purchasing as far in advance as you can is greatly to your advantage. If you want to fly on a holiday you can purchase up to six months in advance and it will save you a ton of money.

So by doing a little bit of extra leg work up front you can get the tickets to your destination a lot cheaper and easier then if you wait. Take the time to surf 20 websites and compare because nothing is worse finding out the guy next to you did his research and paid a third of what you did for the same flight and destination. So take your time breath and enjoy all aspects of your vacation including the flight.


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  • maria.rose profile image

    maria.rose 6 years ago from Florida

    Thanks for sharing such an informative hub. I liked it. So much useful material.

  • Matt in Jax profile image

    Matt in Jax 6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

    Very informative.