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How To Find Inexpensive Plane Tickets

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

Flying continues to be one of the most expensive forms of travel. While you may not stumble into the incredible deals that you could have found 10 or 15 years ago, it's still possible to bring down your final bill. If you're itching to go on vacation, there are a few techniques you'll want to try out to see if you can find cheaper tickets.

1. Be flexible. Airlines know that people travel at specific times and are more than happy to jack prices up during those periods. In order to avoid this, try being flexible with your travel arrangements. For instance, August tends to be more expensive when flying in and out of Europe, as the entire continent essentially goes on holiday during that time. It's also usually less expensive to travel in the middle of the week than at the beginning or on the weekend, so try to find a ticket for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if possible.

2. Fly secondary airports. Major airports come with major airlines, which tend to charge more than smaller carriers. Smaller airports charge less in the way of landing fees, which means you may be able to find a better deal when flying to your destination. If you're staying within the United States, you have a better chance of finding success with this strategy.

3. Set a price. Don't simply say you're going to look for the lowest price and operate under that assumption - chances are, you'll miss out on the best deal and have to overpay for a ticket. Tell yourself exactly how much you'd like to pay and snatch up those tickets the minute you find them.