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My Latest ABCNews.com Column: The Cheap Ticket Formula

November 26, 2008 | Posted in: ABC Column

I predict a lot of “pricing chaos” for the airlines in 2009.

I talk about this in my weekly column for ABCNews.com — and provide several rules of thumb to help most travelers get a better deal. Number one is, use FareCompare.com — we have the latest fares, first. Here are some more rules:

  • Don’t Procrastinate – Start shopping for airline tickets about four months before departure — this is when airlines begin actively managing and releasing cheaper seats and you’ll also be more likely to catch a system-wide airfare sale
  • Travel the Cheapest Days — Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
  • Travel the Cheapest Times of Day — First flights out, after lunch and dinner, and last flights out
  • Shop Online Monday Afternoon Through Thursday — Sales are typically launched and matched by other airlines early in the week, and expire on Friday
  • Consider Connecting Flights — Airlines charge a premium for coveted non-stops
  • Turn Business Trips into Weekend Getaways — Stay a Saturday night, and typically you can get two tickets for the weekend for less than one last-minute business ticket
  • Be Flexible – This is especially true for international travel with its defined pricing seasons — time it right, and you can save $400 by leaving 24 hours before or after the day you’d planned to take off

See the rest of my column right here.

2 Responses to “My Latest ABCNews.com Column: The Cheap Ticket Formula”

  1. MeowMix says:

    Are you ever going to apologize for your passionate and wrong advice all summer long to book holiday fares????

    Had I not listened to you I would have saved $150.

  2. Rick Seaney says:

    I did apologize — more than 2 weeks ago — and explained in this post the strange confluence of events that led to my error (and here’s the link: http://rickseaney.com/2008/11/13/i-bought-my-holiday-tickets-too-early-and-missed-the-savings/ ). I did another post on the matter, digging a little deeper, and you can see that one here: http://rickseaney.com/2008/11/24/money-back-flight-price-drops/ . For what it’s worth, I bought my tickets early, too. But, please read the two posts — there’s a possibility you may be able to get a refund or voucher.

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