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How To Find The Best Airfares

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How does one find the best airfares when planning travel?
Years ago one needed to find a good travel agent. They had the resources and the experience to know the best deals. Because they booked many, many flights, airlines allowed free upgrades for their preferred clients. This is a great reason to use a travel agent or agency. You often upgraded to first-class on my coach fare ticket!
However, in today’s world of the Internet and the World Wide Web, everyone who has a few hours to perform online searches can act as their own travel agent.
To begin the search for the best airfares or “deals,” one must have access to a computer and to the web. Typically do a search for “discount airfares” or “cheap airfares.” This search takes you to multiple sites that act as online travel agents. There are some really good ones out there. Typically check at least two or three.
Then your work begins. Pick a departure and a destination location and date. As a rule, the earlier one books their travel, the better deal one gets. It’s recommend booking as early as possible. Waiting for unknown deals can backfire, as rates do go up over time.
Also, it has become common for airlines to increase the rates that you see each time you inquire, even if the searches are only minutes apart. They do this to scare you into booking right away to avoid the apparent rising cost of waiting. Do your searches “incognito” or on a different computer when looking for flights to the same destination.
Another suggestion to get the best airfares is to check different flight days. Some airlines and searches actually provide a chart of the cheapest days to travel. If your flight dates are flexible, try checking a few days before, and after, your ideal date. This can be a very good way to find the best airfares for your destination.
Another strategy that many people now employ is to use a credit card that gives one “flight miles or points” for future airline bookings. If you purchase a lot of things with a credit card, these “points” can really add up to huge savings when you do fly. Some people that practically fly for free because they accumulate enough points to pay for their travel.
Checking “local,” or country-specific airlines or budget airlines is another option. Be sure to read all of the fine print, requirements, and restrictions before using the “budget airline” option.
If you can meet these specific obligations, budget airlines can be very thrifty. Be prepared to bring your own snacks or food, as these are usually no-frills flights.
Remember that one round-trip ticket is cheaper than two one-way tickets. When you know your travel dates coming and going, book a round-trip ticket.
In summary, to find the best airfares for your next travel destination, be prepared to spend several hours searching the Internet, incognito if possible. There are many airline search engines. All the best can be accessed by searching for “discount” or “cheap” airfares. Pick 2 or 3 and go with it. Use a “travel rewards” credit card for your everyday purchases.
Happy traveling!