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Savvy Ways to Save on Airfare

by Sue Perna

If you’re willing to do some research and be a bit flexible as to when you fly, these tools can help you score cheap ticket deals on your next flight.

Finding the lowest airline fares possible isn’t that difficult, but it does require a combination of research, comparison shopping, and flexibility on your part. In order to save the most money, you must be willing to go the extra mile to find the deals. The tips below will help save you time and money when booking your next flight.

Book Early and Save

It’s always wise to book your flight early and way in advance because an early flight can save you big bucks. In general, the earlier you go the more money you will save. Morning flights are cheaper than afternoon or evening flights, and flights departing before 7 a.m. are often the cheapest of the day. For example, an American Airlines flight leaving from Boston to Denver at noon six months from now would cost $590, but it would only cost $450 if you left at 5 a.m., a savings of $140.

Take Advantage of Airline Sales

Many airlines offer discounted flights for certain destinations if you book certain times of the month or year. Here is a list of some of the low-cost airlines.

Allegiant Air

Allegiant drops prices significantly much closer to the date of your departure. For example, if you book a flight from Phoenix to Orlando in two weeks from now, you will pay $70 for tickets, but it will cost you $107 by booking a flight a month or two from now, saving you $37. You can find more deals at Allegiantair.com.

editor’s note: Prices and deals were accurate when the aritcle was writeen. They are provided as an example of what you’ll find. Please check for current prices and deals.

Spirit Airlines

Much like Allegiant, with Spirit Airlines, booking tickets closer to your date of departure will save you the most money saving you up to $50 a ticket. Find their website at Spirit.com.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier, in particular, typically has the best sales for flights that are within the following month to six weeks. Tickets from Atlanta to Orlando are only $82 if you book within a month from now and they are twice as much if you book a flight in peak summer season for $192. That is a difference of $100.

Go JetBlue

JetBlue offers cheaper fares on certain dates with their best fare finder. For instance, if you book a flight from Houston to New York City on July 17th, the tickets would be around $186, but if you bought tickets for the 24th and 31st of the same month, the tickets would only run you $129, saving you $57. You can book the lowest air fare deals at JetBlue.com.

Fly Southwest

The best time to get the best airfares for Southwest is Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Tickets from Cincinnati to Portland, ME would cost $164 if you bought them on a Tuesday in August, saving you $30. Airhint.com will tell you the best time to buy tickets and the low fare calendar will help you find the lowest fares where you can search lowest airfare by month. Find it at Southwest.com.

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Using the best flight search engines can save you big. Some of the best search engines include:

Save Money When Flying to Europe

You can save a heap of money when flying abroad by using budget foreign carriers like WOW air, which sold one-way fares in August from East Coast cities to the London for as little as $189. Also check out Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Check Alternate Airports

To save more money on your next flight, you might want to consider booking your next flight with a smaller airport. Some of the flight prices are extraordinarily cheap. Searching with KAYAK can automatically show you rates from nearby airports.

Other useful low fare tools are Skyscanner, Google Flights, Hopper, and Flyr. You can track when and where you can find the cheapest flights. Using these tools can get you some good deals on flights. Happy Flying!

Reviewed April 2019

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