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Rick Seaney on Today Show: How to Save on Summer Airfare

Rick Seaney Today Show Summer Airfare Prices

Did you happen to catch me on the Today Show?

If not, take a look at the video below. The report focuses on Memorial Day travel, but check it out because it also tells you a lot about what to expect for summer airline ticket prices. Yours truly notes note that summer airfare has already risen from $30 to $60 on average from the summer of 2010.

What you can do to save on summer travel: Find out the best day to shop for airfare and the cheapest days to fly, and also sign up for FareCompare Airfare Alerts, and we’ll let you know in real-time when prices on the trip you want to take come down.

Now here’s the video; if you have a moment, please let me know what you think on Facebook.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Rick Seaney Talks Summer Travel Deals with NBC5DFW

May 18, 2011 | Posted in: Multimedia | 0 comments

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Airfare Price Hikes: Could 2011 Break a Record?

February 25, 2011 | Posted in: Airfare News,Multimedia | 0 comments

Airfare Price Hikes - Could 2011 Break a Record

Did you know we’ve already had five airfare hikes so far this year? That’s more than we had in 2010 (four) and more than in 2009 (three).

Yes, you can still save on airfare – but be prepared to be more flexible than ever. That means the following:

  • Sign up for FareCompare Airfare Alerts and be prepared to fly when you get a good deal
  • Fly during the week – it’ll be lots cheaper than flying on Friday or Sunday  

See me explain more about what’s going on in this Associated Press video report on rising oil prices.

To Fly or Not to Fly – Good Deals and Bad Deals

February 24, 2011 | Posted in: Deals,Destinations,Multimedia,Security | 0 comments

To Fly or Not to Fly - Good Deals and Bad Deals

Ever wonder if certain places are safe to fly to?

Maybe a destination you’d normally never consider, but what if you see a super good deal – what then?

That was the topic of my weekly column for ABCNews.com yesterday – called, “To Fly or Not to Fly” and I’ve got lots of advice on the subject.

I also talked about the issue of cheap flights vs. security on Good Morning Texas today, plus I examined some specific airfare deals and pronounced them “good deals” or “bad deals”. It was fun – take a look:

Rick Seaney on Good Morning Texas – Oil, Airline Fees and Super Bowl Airfare

January 27, 2011 | Posted in: Airfare News,Destinations,Multimedia | 0 comments

Rick Seaney GMT Airfare Super Bowl

I appeared on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas today and gave them some analysis of current oil prices, and what it means for airfare (hint: see my previous posts about recent airfare hikes).

I also talked about my predictions for possible new airline fees - like a fee for holding an infant on our lap! Plus, some Super Bowl airfare stories to go along with what I’ve seen happening to prices for hotels and rental cars.

Makes you wonder if the “D” in Big D stands for “dear” and I don’t mean as in “sweetheart”.

See for yourself in the video, below:

5 Things Airfare Shoppers Need to Know to Find Cheap Flights

January 18, 2011 | Posted in: Multimedia,Tips and Tricks,Travel Tips | 0 comments

Want to find cheap airfare? Of course you do – you wouldn’t be visiting FareCompare otherwise, because that’s what we do.

Earlier today I appeared in a Good Morning America report on airlines and fees; if you didn’t catch it, take a look at the video below..

Then, be sure and take a look at the Five Things Airfare Shoppers Need to Know, just after the video.

Five Things Airfare Shoppers Need to Know to Find Cheap Flights

Follow these tips – or as many of them as you can – and you will save money. Quite a bit, in some cases.

1. Shop for Airline Tickets on Tuesday at 3pm Eastern

I’ve been watching this rule play out for the past several years, and I know it works – because no airline wants to offer fares even a dollar more than its rivals. See for yourself: 

  • Normally, an airline (or two or three) will launch an airfare sale Monday evening
  • Other airlines then begin matching the new lower prices
  • This matching is typically finished by 3pm Eastern Tuesday

2. Be Flexible – Travel Days

Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: These are almost always the cheapest days to fly. Avoid travel on Fridays and Sundays, usually the most expensive days to fly.

3. Be Flexible – Time of Day You Fly

These are usually the cheapest times to fly: 

  • Fly at dawn, lunch time, the dinner hour, as well as the later evening hours
  • Catch an overnight red-eye flight

Fly when most people don’t want to fly, and you will save.

4. Fly in-and-out of Major Airports

Larger airports, especially airline hubs, have cheaper airfare prices. Not always, but usually. Here’s an easy way to find the best prices: 

Look at the prices you’re sent and decide if a longer drive to a larger airport makes sense for you.

5.  Don’t Pay Airline Fees

Always avoid the worst of the airline fees and we show you the prices in the FareCompare Domestic Airline Fee Chart

  • Use a carryon bag: a single checked-bag adds $50 to your airfare price
  • Pack a lunch: do you really want to pay $10 for a meal you don’t like?
  • Bring a neck pillow and a sweater: JetBlue and US Airways now charge $7 for a pillow/blanket combo while American Airlines charges $8

TV News: Rick Seaney on Finding Spring Break Deals and American Airlines Dispute

January 6, 2011 | Posted in: Airfare News,Airline News,Multimedia,Travel Tips | 0 comments

Rick Seaney on American Airlines Dispute Spring Break Deals

I appeared on the WFAA program Good Morning Texas today, part of a regular segment called “Rick’s Seaney’s Travel Advice” and as usual I had a lot to say and plenty of tips to dispense.

Take a look at the travel advice video for yourself; I start off by talking about the American Airlines dispute with Orbitz and Expedia, and wind up with some advice for anyone interested in Spring Break travel.

And please see my three important tips for purchasing Spring Break airfare, just below the video. As always, I want you to get the best deals – and if you have any other tips – share them on Facebook.

Spring Break Travel Tips

  1. Start shopping now, by looking at ticket prices on FareCompare
  2. Consider possible destinations and sign up for airfare alerts now
  3. Buy your tickets no later than mid-February

Cheap Flight Tips in the Fee Era: Rick Seaney on ABC’s Nightline

December 4, 2010 | Posted in: ABC Column,Airline News,Multimedia,Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

Did you catch my appearance on ABC’s Nightline last night?

I provided the analysis for Ryan Owens’ report, “Breakin’ the Bank to Fly” (also featured: Steven Slater, the one-time angry, fed-up flight attendant).

As I noted, in general airline fees target “unloyal” families of four (non-miles program members), but see for yourself in this very entertaining video – then check out my tips to avoid airline fees, below:

However, you can still avoid the worst of the fees by following these simple tips:

Five Ways to Avoid Airline Fees for Cheaper Flights

1. Check a Bag: Use a carryon and avoid the roundtrip bag fees of up to $50 per bag

2. Fly a Free Bag Airline: Both JetBlue and Southwest will give you free checked-bags and the FareCompare Domestic Airline Fee Chart will show you what others charge

3. Don’t Book until Trip Dates are Firm: This sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many try to change flight dates after purchase only to learn about the $150 “change fee”

4. Bring Your Own Food and Entertainment: There are no more free meals in coach, plus a lot of airlines charge for snacks and WiFi; brown bag it, and don’t forget your book (or Kindle or iPad)

5. Fly Nonstops: If you’re stuck in a middle seat because you didn’t pay the “seat selection” fee, it’s a lot easier to endure cramped conditions on one flight instead of two

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