Smart Woman: Holiday Help: Travel Tips Save you Money

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Traveling around the holidays can get crazy and expensive.  Here are four ways to get the cheapest airfare you can.

First, be flexible. Don’t be set on a specific date or airport.  Searching nearby airports for flights a day before or after your first choice could save you a lot.

Next, try to book in pairs.  By doing so, you could avoid the fees airlines charge for large groups to sit together.

Third, try to buy seven weeks in advance.  An analysis by the website Cheapair found the cheapest ticket price was around 49 days before departure.

Fourth, book directly with the airline.  Airlines have to pay a commission on each flight they sell through a discount site, so will often offer promo codes on their Twitter or Facebook pages for flights bought on their site.  Many will also give you a refund if the price of your flight goes down after you book it, if you call them.

Another tip for cheap flights are to mix and match between different airlines.  Some websites will let you choose a cheaper return flight on a different airline.

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