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Here are some tips on how to find cheap plane tickets for your flight.
Get Where You're Going, for Less.

Many factors such as supply and demand influence airfare prices. Keep in mind that there are two things that all airlines want. They want each seat to be booked at the highest price but at the same time they want all of the seats filled. Competition also plays a big part in fare fluctuations. These are beyond any individual consumer's control. However, there are some reliable rules you can apply to save money!

Advance Purchase Can Save You Money

For U.S. domestic flights, booking around 60 days before your departure date yields the best prices!


For international flights, booking 171 days before your departure date yields the best prices, and fares do not start to rise sharply until around 60 days prior to departure.

Off-Season Flights Are Definitely Cheaper

Lowest fares are usually found in mid-week days such as Tuesday or Wednesday when the traffic is light. This is because most leisure travelers like to get away on weekends. For example, departing Wednesday and returning on the following Wednesday may cost significantly less than Sunday-Sunday round trip. Off-hour flights such as late night or very early in the morning departure may also help. Fares dip in off seasons. Typical off seasons are mid-January through March and October through mid-December except for thanksgiving weekend. During holiday periods fares are expensive. However you might be able to get a discount plane ticket if you fly on the holiday itself (e.g., on Christmas Day).

Stay Over Saturday Night

You may be able to save some money by staying over a Saturday night. Why? Business travelers are preferred and ideal customers to airlines because they book seats usually at a short-term notice and they must travel to take care of their business. They are usually willing to pay a higher price to get to the destination on time. And many business travelers want to return in the same week, usually by Saturday, at the latest. By avoiding times that business travelers prefer, you may save a lot. For example, departing on Monday and returning in the same week such as on Thursday, Friday or Saturday may cost more than returning on Sunday. You may save even more by returning on Monday rather than returning on Sunday. So, the rule is stay over Saturday night or even the entire weekend. But as always, check all nights that fit with your schedule - each case is different!

Avoid Booking on a Busy Internet Traffic Day

Traditionally, the day to buy tickets is Tuesday or early Wednesday. However, recent research indicates that you might find cheaper tickets when you search on days of light Internet traffic such as Saturdays or Sundays.