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Pay Less For Airfare

Traveling Stateside For Less

If you're traveling to Europe, we've already got you covered — bring us back a souvenir, yes? But if you're planning on traveling stateside this year, and have thought to yourself while perusing airfares that you might as well be going to Europe for these ruthless prices, take note.

  • Wired has the low-down on why you shouldn't spend your weekends hunting for a good deal: "Never buy tickets between Friday and Monday morning. Why? Airlines file fare increases on Thursday evenings and watch over the weekend to see if all of their competitors match the price bumps. If they don't, the carriers roll back prices by Monday afternoon."
  • Don't start your fare search too early or too late. With the exception of holiday traveling, it's best to start researching cheap seats four months before departure.
  • Airfare sales usually happen early in the week, while increases are usually put into place at the end of the week. Because there's no magic day when the best prices occur, it's best to sign up for email price alerts on all of the travel sites that you use.

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nancita nancita 8 years
Oooh great tip about not shopping on weekends!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Buy on Wednesday and only travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, if possible. But 4 months in advance is crazy. Asides holidays, I never know 4 months in advance when I'll be traveling back east. I'm lucky if I get more than 4-6 weeks advance. I spend so much a year in airfare from LA to NY it's ridiculous and I often feel like I may as well be going to Europe...
reeveske reeveske 8 years
yeah I've heard the wed rule too-that fares are cheaper on wed. I've found its kinda true too though, both my bf and I have almost bought tix on a wed then didnt for whatever reason only to go a buy them thurs and they are a few hundred dollars more...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great tips. Thanks, Savvy!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great tips. Thanks, Savvy!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i feel like everyone has their own myth about when to best buy tickets. like they say if you log in right at midnight you can get good deals and the sort. i'll def look into these tips though, since it can be hard to find great deals on good airfare.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Great tips Savvy!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Great tips Savvy!
princessjaslew princessjaslew 8 years
gd tips! I normally buy my tix on wed night :)
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