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Many travel websites track your activity and see how many times you've been on their page. Clearing your web browser's cookies and cache can help you score cheaper air travel online, making it look like it's your first visit to their site, giving you better chances of lower prices. My girlfriend who travels a lot told me about this. I was skeptical until I tried it for myself - it works!
Same works for hotels and other travel sites...
Did you know that there have been studies done for years and years about airline ticket pricing changes for week to week? Whether you're purchasing your tickets ahead of time or at the last minute it turns out that the best time of each week to purchase those plane tickets for the lowest prices is on Tuesday's after 3:00 pm EST and on Wednesdays. If you're skeptical just check out the pricing throughout the week for two or three weeks ;-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Hmm! You know, I noticed this trend when I was planning a trip some ten years ago. I just didn't know how to share the insight then. Thank goodness for TF! Hugs and thumbs up!
To accumulate more frequent flyer miles for a FREE ticket, get a credit card with an airline. Then charge everything money for money to take advantage of their frequent flyer miles. My credit card happens to be with United Air Lines. While there is a fee, it works very well for us.
The key is to not carry a balance so you are not accruing interest charges. Also, Safeway gives 125 United "bonus" miles for each $250 spent. 25,000 miles gets a free ticket.
Years back we used awards to upgrade to first class while going to Hawaii on a number of occasions.
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How do I find the cheapest way to fly to Tampa, Florida for a week?
Clark Howard.com says to book on Sunday. Here is the entire article: http://www.clar ne-ticket-reveal
You use websites such as priceline.com or orbitz.com or expedia.com
If you are not in a rush to fly to Tampa, Flordia you can book in advance. You have to search ahead at the availabilities and see which day would be cheapest to fly out and fly back home.
Booking in advance and choosing to NOT fly on weekends is important.
But did you know that you can at times actually find cheaper flights if you look on the airline homepage instead of going through orbitz or expedia? That's because the airlines dislike going thru the 3rd parties and are sometimes willing to give discounts and perks to those who cut out the middleman. So, if you know delta goes, just try delta.com
I see where you can fly for $49 to Jacksonville, Florida each way. I try to check it out and can't bring anything up. What's the trick?
By Pam from Carbondale, IL
What airlines was running that special? The times I have seen what seemed like a good deal like that ended up being if I was flying in state, say from Jacksonville to Ft Lauderdale, not St Louis to Ft Lauderdale.
Don't know about that airfare, but was once told by a travel agent to go on one of those web-sites that sell discounted airfare after midnight. That's when the airlines release unsold seats and you can get really good prices. These are generally tickets that will be used in the very near future.
These are usually promotional fares for a limited time and from specific airport to airports. I'm in TN and we get $39 to FL occasionally. My suggestion is that you call the general number for the airport you'll be flying from and ask them for the regional and/or low-cost airlines that fly from that airport. Call those specific airlines and ask for the fares for your destination or ask them what promotional fares they have and how long they will last.
There is a website called travelzoo.com that features weekly low fares, also Budget Travel magazine's website (probably budgetravel.com or budgettravel.com). Be sure to ask what add-ons there are to the fares, extra for baggage, ticket purchase at airport, etc. They seem to add on more every day. I even heard (really) that some airline was considering pay toilets! Hope that gave you a smile. Good luck.
This is Southwest airlines that runs the add occ. I think you are seeing the online internet ad which takes you no where. Find the sw air closest to you and give them a call. From travel specialists articles, they prefer phone calls to get the special rates over internet activity.