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“Do You Know Anyone That Doesn’t Want to Save on Airfare?”

When I ran across this article I would have guessed, I knew most tricks to get the lowest airfares, not so much.

By the time I got done reading, I now have a lot more tricks in my bag. I see this as a game I can win, most of the time.

Let me know what you think…….

11 Ways to Save on Airfare in Any Season

By: George Hobica

Yes, fares on many routes are more expensive this year than last, but airfares are not static and there are (relative) deals to be had any time of year. Here’s my best advice for making your airfare dollars go farther no matter what the time of year you fly.

1. Sign up for the airlines’ email feeds and frequent flyer programs

Yes, we know, you already get too much email, but the airlines want to develop a one-on-one relationship with you, so they’ll send you special deals, such as 50 percent off promo codes or two-fers, if you sign up. Airline sites sell much more than airfares these days (hotels, rental cars, credit cards and such), and they will entice you to deal direct rather than use a third party site such as Orbitz. If you’re on Twitter, you might also want to follow the airlines’ which they’re using to promote exclusive Twitter-only deals. I signed up for Virgin America’s frequent flyer program and because I hadn’t flown them yet I kept on getting promo code discount offers to give them a try.

2. Sign up for third-party fare alerts

Do a browser search for “airfare alerts.” Many airfare web sites offer them, and they all have something to offer. Some let you track your specific itinerary, down to the flight number and dates of travel, and will let you know if the airline owes you a price-drop refund. will send you a list of the cheapest fares from your nearest airports, or alerts on specific routes when the fare is a bargain. Travelocity’s easy-to-use Farewatcher lets you track up to ten routes and you can choose to be notified either when a fare goes down by $25 or more, or when it goes below a price you choose. Orbitz also offers alerts, as does Bing Travel, and others.

3. Search airline sites individually, but not exclusively

As noted above, many airlines have “private” sales, reserving their very best fares for their own sites. These are different from promo code fares. International airlines such as Aer Lingus, Iberia and Qantas regularly offer lower fares (i.e., $100-$400 less) on their own web sites compared to what you’ll find on Kayak or Orbitz. And yet, you shouldn’t ignore online travel agencies such as Expedia and Travelocity, because these sites will tell you if it’s cheaper flying out on one airline and back on another. In general, airline sites want you to fly only on their “metal.”

4. Buy hotel + air packages

It’s often significantly cheaper to buy an air plus hotel package rather than airfare alone, especially for last minute travel. We often see Travelocity “TotalTrip” offerings, especially on last minute flights, pop up with hotel plus air for half the price of air alone. is also a great source for finding last minute packages.

5. Use Priceline for last minute trips

If you don’t have a 7-, 14-, or 21-day advance purchase window to buy your fare, your best bet is the “name your own price” feature of True, you won’t know the exact flight times or airline you’re flying until to pay for your trip, but you can save 50% or more. can also be useful for last minute trips.

6. Use consolidators, but beware of the restrictions

Especially with the economic downturn, business and first class cabins will be emptier in 2010, and deals will be amazing. Consolidators specializing in premium cabins will have some great deals, and the airlines themselves will be heavily discounting their premium cabins, so check the specials on their web sites. Do a browser search for “consolidator+your destination” to see what’s available.

7. Use a flexible date search

True, many people are not flexible in their travel dates, but would you fly in a different month or a day or two earlier or later to save hundreds of bucks? If so, learn how to do a flexible travel date search on airline and third-party sites. Right now, has the most versatile flexible date search function, although once in a while the results are entirely accurate due rapidly changing airfares.

8. Consider the extra fees before you buy

If Southwest has a fare of $198 round-trip and United has one for $148, and you are checking three bags, then Southwest actually has the lowest fare because Southwest charges nothing for the first two checked bags, whereas United would charge you an additional $165 each way for three.

9. Combine two separate fares rather than buying one fare

If you’re flying to a destination in Europe, you might save money by purchasing one fare from the U.S. to, say, Dublin, and another from Dublin onward on (just beware of Ryanair’s onerous baggage fees). Same holds true for some destinations in Asia (fly into Singapore and catch a low cost carrier such as from there) and to some smaller Caribbean destinations via San Juan or the Bahamas. Even domestically, two fares are often less than one, such as the recent scenario where Dallas to Honolulu was selling for $350 round-trip with tax, but Houston/ Honolulu was $800. As you’re no doubt aware, you can fly Houston-Dallas for a lot less than $450!

10. Buy tickets on an airline that will refund the difference if a fare goes down

Let’s say you’ve found the lowest fare, and then the day after purchase your non-refundable fare for the same itinerary goes down. If you ask for it you can get a refund for the difference. But some airlines will charge you a costly “administrative” fee of $150 or more, wiping out any savings. Others will give you the entire fare difference without extracting a fee. Currently, the “nice” airlines are JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska.

11. Check fares several times a day, and don’t listen to airfare pundits who predict airfares

A lot of people like to pretend they’re clairvoyant, and they know where airfares are headed. But airlines are unpredictable creatures, and any airfare expert who claims he knows exactly when airfares are cheapest would have built an airfare website to end all airfare websites by now (that hasn’t happened). No one can accurately predict where airfares are heading, any more than we can predict the stock market, because we have no idea when the economy will improve, or how much airlines will cut back capacity, or when the next flu epidemic will hit or where fuel prices are going. Fares fluctuate throughout the day, and the number of seats offered at the lowest fares also changes frequently. So if you don’t like the fare at 10 a.m., check at 2 p.m. or the next day and you may be surprised.

George Hobica is founder of the low-airfare listing site [2].

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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Thanks for the tips Joe! My grandkids live out in New Mexico and I fly out there 3 times a year, so I am always looking to save a buck on flights. So far, Southwest has been the best!

Jul 20, 2012 11:24 PM #1
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

We don't fly very often but those tips are good information to retain.

Jul 20, 2012 11:42 PM #2
P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy
Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley - Gilroy, CA
San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well!

Thanks for the tips Joe.... just like you I have learned some good things here.

All the Best!

Jul 21, 2012 12:29 AM #3
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Joe - This is great advice.  I also knew about some of these, but not all of them, so this will help for future purchases. Thx for sharing.

Jul 21, 2012 01:27 AM #4
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Great tips, Joe. I've been using Expedia for quite a few years and they've always come through for me. But all those extra saving possibilities, I will keep in mind for my next trips.

Jul 21, 2012 01:42 AM #5
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Joe,

With a little effort and planning, traveling by air can be cost, if we can just get past the pat-downs...

Jul 21, 2012 04:16 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joe I new about Price Line, but the others were all new to me.

Jul 21, 2012 06:10 AM #7
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Great tips you provide here, Joe.  I'm all for saving money!  It may take a bit of research to accomplish, but it'd definitely possible if the effort is made ...


Jul 21, 2012 06:14 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe, Larry and I try to drive if we can because we love road trips but on occasion we do have to take to the skies.  Good list!

Jul 21, 2012 12:08 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

  Thanks for the Ah-ha moment!
Featured you in my Weekly Post!

Jul 21, 2012 01:16 PM #10
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Joe.  Great tips especially the flexibility in travel dates.  Thanks.

Jul 21, 2012 08:35 PM #11
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Joe, this is great advice for all who will be flying. Thanks for sharing today.

Jul 21, 2012 09:02 PM #12
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


These are excellent tips. We all need to save money, especially when traveling. I was aware of a few of these tips; however, I learned a lot today too, all because of you!

Jul 21, 2012 10:09 PM #13
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Excellent tips. I will be taking a trip to Chicago in a couple of months and will be buying 4 round trip tickets. This will help me research. Thanks.

Jul 21, 2012 10:37 PM #14
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joe,

Excellent post with great tips on fighting to get the best airfares! I've got this post bookmarked!

Jul 21, 2012 11:04 PM #15
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Searching for airfare deals can feel like a full time job, having these helpful tips and guidelines sure does make it a lot easier.

Jul 22, 2012 12:58 AM #16
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Thanx for the tips. We are always last minute travelers. I usually book with and since I am a long term customer, I can cancel any booking in 24 hours with no fee.


Jul 22, 2012 06:17 AM #17
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Joe, this is so fantastic! I thought I knew how to find low fares but definitely learned some new tips here.


Jul 22, 2012 12:42 PM #18
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