How to Buy Cheap Airfare (Plane Tickets)

Things You’ll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Notepad and pen for jotting down information

Steps

Step One
Go to farecast.com, type in your flight information,and see if the fares are going to go up, down, or stay the same. If fares are expected to go down, check back later. Otherwise, proceed to step 2.

Step Two
Go to the following websites and check how much the ticket costs:
orbitz.com
expedia.com
hotwire.com
kayak.com
sidestep.com

Step Three
Some airlines, like South West, does not show up in the above mentioned sites. So go to their own sites to see their prices:
southwest.com

Step Four
Note the price of the cheapest flight.
Keep in mind that if you have luggage, some airlines will charge you extra for checking it in. So take these fees into account.

Step Five
Go to priceline.com and bid for a similar flight and quote a price lower than the cheapest flight you noted in step 4. If it works, then you are all set. Otherwise, Buy the cheapest flight you noted in step 4.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your travel times are flexible, make sure you search multiple different dates when you search for flights in steps 1, 2, and 3. Some sites like expedia lets you click a check box saying your plans are flexible.
  • If you are also renting a car and getting a hotel, consider doing them all at the same time – this may give you some additional discounts.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for a frequent flier card and use it when you do fly.
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