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Watch more Tips for Flying videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Nothing makes a flight better than knowing you got your ticket at the lowest price. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Plan ahead Plan ahead. Airfares are usually lowest if you book at least 21 days in advance. Step 2: Be flexible Be flexible about departure and return dates. Fares are generally cheaper if you stay over a Saturday night. Tip The best fares are often available on Wednesdays between midnight and 1 a.m.; that's when most airlines readjust their prices for the week. Step 3: Consider alternate airports Consider alternate airports. Say you want to go to New Orleans. Flying into Baton Rouge may be cheaper, and it's only an hour away. Step 4: Check online travel sites Search online travel sites like,,,, and Check at least three before making your selection, since fares can vary by hundreds of dollars. Step 5: Check airline's website Before making a purchase on a travel site, head to the actual airline's website. Sometimes, booking through the airline itself can snag you a cheaper seat. Tip Discount carriers like Southwest and JetBlue don't always show up on travel sites, so search their websites directly. Step 6: Call airline's 800 number Call the airline's 800 number and ask for their lowest fare—without giving specific travel dates. Service representatives often don't tell you about lower fares that are just a day or two before or after your target date. Tip When calling airlines, always be polite and friendly. Studies show service people will go the extra mile for you if you're nice to them. Step 7: Have a good trip Pack your suitcase and have a good trip! Did You Know? Americans between 18 and 34 take the most flights.
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