Cheap Air Travel – What Are Your Favorite Methods To Buy Discount Air Tickets?

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Symonds asked:

Basically, how do you travel cheap (relatively speaking) without compromising on the ‘luxuries’? Interested in knowing your thoughts.

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  1. blueeyes197177 on November 19th, 2008

    i fly jetblue they always have cheap tickets if you fly on like wedndays its real cheap

  2. twilk on November 20th, 2008

    the 2 best online budget airline sites i have found are sidestep.com and bookingbuddy.com.

    sidestep searches all the major sites for you and lists the cheapest flight. It is usually the cheaper out of the 2, but sometimes i found a cheaper deal on bookingbuddy. so it is definitely worth checking both.

  3. Lilian B on November 23rd, 2008

    1. Encashing frequent flyer miles is one of my favorite methods to get discount air tickets on subsequent purchases.

    2. Online travel services like Orbitz, Travelocity and BookingBuddy allow customers to choose selected flights whenever deeper discounts become available. Other services such as Priceline may allow customers to bid for lower price airline tickets, but they can also require immediate purchase of those tickets or a much more flexible schedule.

    3. If you belong to an auto club, or to Sam’s Club or Costco, it is helpful to compare rates there too. Companies like AAA or Costco sometimes offer the best prices for plane tickets online or offline.

    4. A travel agency is a time-tested source for discount air tickets. Here the agent can negotiate a package deal to lower the price of airline tickets as long as a specific hotel or car rental is booked.

    5. A major airline sometimes uses discounts to encourage the use of its low-price commuter service. Occasionally airlines compete for business through ‘fare wars’, which may lower the price of tickets by as much as 40%.

    The key is to look out for those little-known ways you can travel for cheap without having to forgo the ‘luxuries’.

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