Fly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday if possible, as
these days are typically the cheapest days to fly.
Include a Saturday-night stay if possible. Usually, the
lowest fare is available only if you include a Saturday-night stay in your itinerary.
Fly on the same airline for all legs of your trip to take
advantage of any round-trip or connecting fare discounts.
Buy your tickets at least 14, preferably 21, days in
advance to take advantage of advance-purchase discounts. For travel at peak travel
periods, such as holidays, buy even earlier, as the cheaper seats tend to sell out
Consider using alternative airports. Sometimes you can
lower your fare by flying out of and into less busy airports that may be located near your
first-choice airports. For example, if your departure or destination point is San
Francisco, you may be able to save money by using the Oakland or San Jose airport.
Be flexible, if possible, with flight times. Early morning
flights and non-direct flights (those including layovers or connections) are often less
Be sure to select at least 10 or 15 for the number of
flight options to be displayed on the reservations form, especially when viewing