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2/28/2012

 Once again, airlines have attempted to raise pricess...
Once again, airlines have attempted to raise prices due to an increase in fuel costs. But, it seems that this fare increase will not come to fruition thanks to the low-fare airlines’ hesitation to go along with the increase of up to $10 per round trip, led by United/Continental.
 
There were 22 attempts by the airlines to raise fares last year; they succeeded only 9 times.  Airlines will continue trying to raise fares because they assume people will still fly despite an increase in fares.  On the other hand, when they are faced with a lot of unsold seats they are forced to drop prices.
 
Even though travelers will always be faced with sudden increases in airfare, there are a few strategies to use to get the best possible airfare:
 
(As taken from abcnews.go.com)
 
  1. It’s not so much when you book as when you fly.  A recent study found the best time to buy your tickets is six weeks in advance.  It is also important what days you fly.  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays tend to be the least-traveled days of the week and even incorporating just one of these days into your plans could save.
  2. Nearby airports are your friend.  Also referred to as “alternate airports,” these are a reasonable drive from your preferred airport.  So, know exactly how far the alternate airport is from your destination and calculate the costs to get there (gas, charter bus, public transportation, etc.)
  3. Connections are almost always cheaper.  Connecting flights are often far cheaper than direct flights because they are less desirable.  However, make sure the money saved is worth the inconvenience of longer than normal layovers, delays, lost bags
  4. Early-morning flights are often less expensive.  Unless it is a commuter flight, the 6 a.m. flights are typically less costly.  Again, make sure it is worth the trade-off of getting up at 3 a.m. to get to the airport in time.