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Flying under the radar – how to save on airfare
There are lots of low-priced flights on the Internet. The secret to getting the best deal is to be flexible and shop around. Here are some tips to help you save.
- Look at the major travel sites like Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz. But don't stop there. If you're travelling within Canada, you will often get a better deal from Air Canada or Westjet's web site. And if you're booking connecting flights, you may get a better deal from a travel agent.
- Consider discount airlines, charters, or local companies. If you are flying out of (or into) a smaller city, you may get a cheap flight to a major airport, where you can switch to another airline. Or you can take the bus to a major city and fly on from there.
- Companies like AirlineConsolidator.com and BargainTravel.com buy tickets in bulk and re-sell them at a discount. If you book through a consolidator, be sure to read the fine print – these tickets usually come with restrictions.
- Remember to look for discounts. Seniors, students, and groups can often get cheaper seats.
- If you can, look at different departure and arrival and times. Flying mid-week, staying over a Saturday night, or taking the “red eye” can save you money.
- Vacation in the “off season” to find cheaper rates. Consider a hotel room with a kitchen to save on meal costs.
- Look for package deals. And if you just want to “get away” (and where is less important than when) look for last minute deals.
Learn more now about finding the lowest air fare.