Traveling Cheap or How to Find a Good Deal on Airfares
With an overabundance of travel booking site, aggregators and search engines, hunting down the best airfare deal can seem an overwhelming task. Sure, plenty of tools are available, but few people have mastered the nuanced art of snagging cheap flights. But with a little knowledge and persistence, anyone can become an effective budget traveler.
Here are our best tips for finding great deals on airfare.
1. Be web-savvy. Think you know the best web-browsing techniques for saving on travel? Maybe you've gotten good with practice, but are you truly exhausting your resources? We recommend a three-step process to navigating its treacherous waters.
2. Research and understand ancillary fees. Even if you manage to find dirt-cheap airfare, you can still end up paying and arm and a leg in additional fees. Baggage fees are the most obvious and the most ruthless antagonists. If you can, fly with Southwest--the only US airline to offer two free checked bags per ticket. If you require any additional services (from bringing aboard a pet to printing your boarding pass at the airport), expect to pay more. For a comprehensive look at fees across domestic airlines, check out TravelNerd's airline fee comparison tool.Continued on the next page