How to Find the Best Air Fare

Studies show that flying on Tuesdays is still the best day to fly for less. Fewer people travel on Tuesdays, and less demand means a better deal for you. Friday and Sunday are the most expensive.

So, what should you do? If you see one airline offering a deal on Monday, make plans to buy your tickets on Tuesday. If there are no deals going on, buy on the weekend. A good rule of thumb is that domestic tickets will be at their lowest price six weeks before your date of departure.

One of these is Google’s Flight Search site. It lets you pick your starting point and destination, then filter flights by price, length and date. It’s a snap to use.

Another good place to search for cheap flights is Matrix, which is owned by Google. It’s not as fast and easy to use as Google’s Flight Search, but it does give you a lot more search options. By now, you’ve probably got a good estimate of how much your tickets will cost.

Before you book, head over to Bing Travel and take a look at their Price Predictor feature. The Price Predictor will tell you whether fares are rising, dropping or holding steady.

Another site good site is AirfareWatchdog. It pulls deals directly from airline websites that sometimes don’t show up in regular searches. While saving money is nice, sometimes it’s better to spend a few more bucks for less travel hassle. Hipmunk lets you sort flights by “agony,” which factors in time of departure and layovers.

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