When it comes to flying, who doesn’t want to save money? Baggage fees, extra fuel costs and inflated ticket prices in general are just some of the headaches associated with air travel. But if you’re looking to shave off a few dollar signs, travel site Airfarewatchdog may just become your new best friend.
Learn more about Airfarewatchdog and other ways to save money on air travel after the jump!
There are so many travel websites out there now including Kayak, Priceline, Bing Travel and more, so where does the average traveler start? You may want to consider researching your fares on Airfarewatchdog. The site conveniently tells you whether to buy tickets now or wait based on data gathered from fares that have been verified by actual people. In my experience, Airfarewatchdog’s predictions have been right on and saved me a couple of bucks. What’s not to love? You can also sign up for an email alert based on where you want to go and Airfarewatchdog will let you know when it’s the best time to buy.
If you’re planning on flying soon, here are some other cost cutting tips to consider before buying your ticket. From Frommer’s:
1. Try a flexible fare search
Sometimes you can score a fantastic deal by adjusting your travel dates. Travelocity will search most domestic fares and many international ones over a 330-day search period; Orbitz and Hotwire cover nearly all routes from the U.S., but only over 30-day periods. Southwest.com also has a good flexible date search function.
2. Sign up for the airlines’ email feeds and frequent flyer programs including Twitter updates
Airlines want your business so to entice you, they’ll send you special deals if you sign up for their emails. Also, airline sites sell much more than airfares these days (hotels, rental cars, credit cards, and such). By dealing with the airline directly instead of using a third-party site, you may luck out with some great deals. Also, follow the airlines’ tweets which are used to promote exclusive Twitter-only deals.
3. Search airline sites individually
We’re so accustomed to using discount sites like Orbitz that we forget airlines have their own websites. Sometimes they have “private” sales, reserving their very best fares for their own sites where you could end up paying much less. Third-party sites aren’t always the cheapest, so shop around!
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