Monday, October 5, 2009

Travel Tip: Booking the Lowest Airfare

When I plan a trip, I go to great lengths to make sure I am getting the cheapest airfare possible. My dad worked for the airlines, so I grew up flying free and so I hate paying for a ticket. Over the years I've made a few observations that help feel confident I'm getting the best fare out there. Here are 3 tips to help you get the best fare for your upcoming travels:

1. The lowest listed fares are usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

2. Use Expedia, Orbitz and other travel sites to see available fares, but make sure to double check the airline site. Often I can save $5-10 on service fees, and they have more time options.

3. Figure out what you will be paying to check baggage, for the emergency exit row, etc. Many airlines have extra fees these days. I love Southwest because they don't have baggage fees . I recently booked a trip on a different airline because the fare listed was cheaper. After getting to the airport and paying over $100 (each way) for baggage fees, it would have been cheaper for me to fly Southwest.

Wondering which airlines are best for traveling with kids? Check out my earlier post, "Favorite Airline for Traveling with Toddlers."


  1. Great tips. We just booked out winter trip last Wednesday and the price went up $100 last night. The tip about Tuesdays and Wednesdays is a winner!

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  2. Great tips!
    I have never actually flown! My hubby goes on business trips, but I'm so nervous about flying. I guess I have a little bit of a fear of heights!

  3. thanks for tips! i need to take my christmas ticket now, so stresfull!
    wish you a great monday!

  4. Very good tips! I do the same thing as far as checking Expedia or Orbitz first and then booking directly on the airline's site. It makes hunting for the best deal much quicker. I didn't realize Tuesdays and Wednesdays were less expensive...I will keep that in mind!

  5. I never heard tip #1 before. Thanks! Booking airline tickets drives me nuts. The whole system seems arbitrary. My husband usually has to do it or I end up screaming.

  6. I agree with all your tips. My husband flies a lot for work and I am always looking for the lowest fares. Thanks for sharing.

  7. These are excellent tips and being a very inexperienced flyer, I really appreicate them!!

    Blessings to you!