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Finding the Cheapest Flights

Finding the Cheapest Flights

Finding cheap flights when traveling is always an adventure. I have found a couple techniques work well for me. I recently booked tickets from Calgary to Moscow and I will show you the comparison of prices using the techniques there.

I personally use Expedia, Travelocity, EasyJet (Europe), the individual airline websites, and travel agents when trying to find the cheapest arrangements. You might know of other resources to try as well.

Local Tour Agents
I usually get together a rough itinerary for a travel agent and then email a number of the tour shops around my city. They should get back to you with quotes. If they do not get back to you soon, they don’t want your business.

Go Online
Next it is time for online research. This is where I almost always find the cheapest flights. Go to one of the sites I listed above or another one you have heard of.

Type in Your Start and End Destination
This is the worst thing you can do, but it is the easiest and will show you the worst price you are looking at. For Calgary (YYC) to Moscow (SVO) on July 10 2007, the cheapest quote on Expedia was $1,837. It was for Air Canada and Aeroflot-Russian Airlines.

Why is this so expensive? Expedia is going to book you all on one ticket. I am not certain, but I think this can only be done through associated airlines. There are a couple positives to this.

  1. If there are cancellations or other problems, they will make sure you get to your end point regardless. They airline you are on and the airline you will be connecting on will know your flight status and can sometimes even make arrangements for you before you land.
  2. You do not have to pick up your checked luggage and re-check it in.

If you even want a bigger scare, do a round trip or multiple destination trip with your "going there flight" and your "coming home flight". My wife and I were going Calgary, Canada to Moscow, Russia and then Beijing, China to Calgary, Calgary. The tickets are over $3,200 now and were over $5,000 when we first looked a month ago.

Note: I am showing one way trips because of the nature of my trip. Try round trips on the online sites if that suits your needs. Then try each way of your round trip separately. Why? If there is more than 8 hours between your stopover or you will already be retrieving your checked luggage, there is no advantage to being on the same ticket. So booking a return ticket with the same company makes absolutely no sense unless it is cheaper. Find the cheapest round trip and then find the cheapest one way in each direction.

Break up the Flights Using Connection Cities
There are a million possibilities here, but you can start guessing based on your own knowledge of geography or by the stopovers you see in the …

Finding the Cheapest Cruise Vacation Packages

Finding the Cheapest Cruise Vacation Packages

Hey, I understand.  In these economic times, most people don’t cruise-shop for the most extravagant cruise, the one that hits the most ports, or the one with the biggest liners. They go for the one that offers good quality at the lowest prices. And no one can blame the public for this. So who offers the best overall prices?

As recently as the early 1990s, Premier Cruise Line offered some of the most reasonable cruise prices available. They’d specialized in purchasing older ocean liners and converting them into cruise ships, primarily around the tropics. Premier began transporting scads of people to Disney World and was raking in money like autumn leaves. Disney even allowed them to bring Mickey and Goofy on board as guests to charm the families. But then, alas, Disney initiated its own cruise line and yanked the cartoon characters. Then, to make things worse for Premier, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Royal Caribbean began a massive building program of new liners. They grew so large that they could undercut almost any discount cruises Premier put out there. The company finally folded in September of 2000.

There’s one small cruise line left and, at the time of this writing, it still offers the lowest priced package, all things considered. It is the Imperial Majesty Line with its two ships: the Regal Empress and the Ocean Breeze. The prices start at $39 per person per day in the lowest category cabin, and the two-day cruise starts at $45 per day. The ships sail primarily to the Bahamas.

A travel expert claimed recently that of the large cruise lines, the least expensive cruises are offered by Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), and Royal Caribbean. Of course, a few lines such as Celebrity and Princess occasionally compete with a lower priced package, and Costa is a property of Carnival.

Another situation in which any large cruise line can offer rock-bottom rates is on repositioning cruises. This means that when a liner must be repositioned to a different part of the world, the trip for vacationers is offered at a huge discount. A repositioning cruise such as a trans-Atlantic voyage can cost as little as $32 per person per day.

But, aside from situations like that, Carnival, NCL, and Royal Caribbean usually offer the lowest prices. The briefer cruises are often on older ships but you get some incredible deals. And don’t imagine that just because a ship is older, it is shabby or inferior. In many cases, passengers are not even aware that their liner has been in service longer than others. Carnival and NCL now offer three-day cruises for $56 per person per day, and you can get a four-night cruise for about $52 per day. If you do a 7-10 day Mexico or Caribbean cruise, your rate will probably be the lowest of all. However, as the economy improves, expect that rates may go up a bit.

I’m not about to try to compare the overall quality of the …

Hidden Airfare Bargain: How to Exploit Hidden Airfare Bargains and Get the Cheapest Airfare Tickets

Hidden Airfare Bargain: How to Exploit Hidden Airfare Bargains and Get the Cheapest Airfare Tickets

Hidden airfare bargains are not just urban legends. To tell you the truth, I didn’t think dirt cheap plane flights existed until someone let me in on the secret.

If you have a passion for travel, but don’t exactly have the means to support it, then this article is for you. Once you’re done reading this, you’ll know how to find a hidden airfare bargain and get the lowest airfare available.

Hidden Airfare Bargain Tip 1: Schedule Your Flight On Weekdays

Believe it or not, airfare changes according to the day of the week. Weekends are going to be more expensive than weekdays. So if you can afford to leave in the middle of the week, take advantage of extremely cheap airfares and book a flight on a weekday. You’re still going to have a great time anyway!

Hidden Airfare Bargain Tip 2: Avoid Peak Seasons

If it’s summertime and you want to fly to Florida, you’re going to have to pay more for your vacation than you would have been charged on any other season. It’s a simple equation of supply and demand. Many people are going to want to get a tan in a beach so airline companies are ingeniously raising their prices and making the most of the profits!

Hidden Airfare Bargain Tip 3: Look for Airline Seat Sales

Who doesn’t want to take advantage of dirt cheap airfare tickets? Airline companies sometimes sell seats or flights 40-50 % less than the original price. You just have to open your eyes a little more and do a bit more research.

These sales usually occur when someone cancels a flight and the seat is left unoccupied. Otherwise, there’s nothing really wrong with it. It’s a great way for the airlines to earn more and for you to get your share of inexpensive airfare.

Hidden airfare bargains are a jetsetter’s best friend. These great finds do not occur once in a blue moon only. They can sometimes be right under your nose. In fact, an airline might be offering a seat sale right this very moment!…

Getting The Cheapest Possible Airline Tickets

Getting The Cheapest Possible Airline Tickets

For most people, trying to get a good rate on airfare is a necessity. Most people spend the bulk of their vacation dollars on airfare. So it’s a good idea to put in the time necessary to finding a better deal.

There are a few things to keep in mind while you’re researching that will save you a good bit of money. So these tips will help with getting better prices.

Be as flexible as you can

If you can leave a few days earlier or later, you can often save significantly, because cheaper tickets may still be available on a less popular day. Try to avoid the days most business people like to travel. For example, Tuesdays and Wednesdays can be much less expensive days to fly than any other day.

Look into consolidated airline tickets

Consolidators buy tickets in bulk and sell them at a discounted rate to help airlines fill seats up. You can find ticket consolidators in your newspaper’s travel section or online at sites like Hotwire.

You should be aware of the fact that consolidated airline tickets have more restrictions than others, but could be a really good buy if you’re willing to live with those restrictions. It’s best to find out what those restrictions are so you’ll know if you’d like to go that route or not.

Be aware of hidden costs

Ticket prices are often published without ticketing fees, airport taxes, security surcharges, etc., which can raise your costs by 10 to 20 percent. Know these fees before you buy your tickets to avoid any surprise. Read all fine print before giving up your money. It can mean the difference in getting a really good hotel or a cheap motel.

Check out ticket prices online

Ticket prices can be less than 10 percent or more if you purchase them online. Several online travel websites also offer package deals for vacations that include flights, so be sure to shop around and prices vary from website to website.

If you need cheap airline tickets, these tips work pretty well, as well as the other tips you can find online. The trick is to take the time to research well before you buy the tickets. You can often get good prices if you take your time finding out what’s available.…

The cheapest New York airfare

The cheapest New York airfare

The vibrant and buzzing city of New York has a complete combination of huge buildings, world-class shopping, well-preserved museums and quality restaurants offering lip-smacking cuisines. With so many beautiful and exotic places to vacation, a huge number of travelers are demanding for New York trip in the cheapest New York airfare. A unique blend of ancient history and modern beauty, it is no wonder that travelers are all set to pack their luggage bags and look out for simple ways to get low cost airlines to New York City. With so many places to visit and to explore the endless list of world famous sights, make sure that booking your air flight tickets to New York is fast and convenient. New York is one of the most demanding destination spot of visitor’s choice. Large number of tourist plan to visit this beautiful and exotic holiday destination in order to spend some time alone with there loved ones. Various travel agencies and airlines offer their travelers with cheap airfares and low cost flight tickets. However, having a fun filled holiday vacation in New York with your family or with friends can sometimes be an expensive option and even make hole in your wallet, by using a little bit of smart techniques and alertness if you book your seat with the cheap New York airfare at certain times of the year you can come across some great offers on cheap airfare tickets. Now a day’s most of the travellers come across various ways of resources getting information about such cheap flights.

However, looking out for a long-term holiday vacation has became a must for such people and New York is an ultimate destination where one can find various multicultural and diversified populations. With the existence of various online travel sites, booking your flight seats with the cheapest New York airfare from such sites can also prove to be money saving. Those who are inexperienced travelers, they can start their search for finding cheap New York airfare while looking out on various cheap flight deals, discount offers, special packages which exist on Internet. Undoubtedly, Internet has proved to be a well appreciating medium among the travelers, there is presence of numerous online travel sites that shows information on air flight bookings, flight cancellation and special airfare offers. But there is a major disadvantage while dealing from such online travel sites. With the existence, of so many information on cheap airfare deals travellers often get confused with the right kind of booking on their flight tickets and land up making wrong decisions. Overcome this situation if you narrow down your choices while purchasing the right kind of tickets. There are various airline sites displaying information on various flight deals, discount offers and attracting package on New York flight, go through such online sites and track the right deal. With the help of new modern resources various travel agencies offer their travelers with cheap flight seats and low cost airline tickets. Visit such travel agents …

Cheapest Airfare Tickets: How to Score the Cheapest Airfare Tickets of Your Life

Cheapest Airfare Tickets: How to Score the Cheapest Airfare Tickets of Your Life

“Where can I get the cheapest airfare tickets?” you might ask. Well, if you’re a first time traveler, or if you just aren’t familiar with what goes on behind an airline’s closed doors, then you probably have no idea how you could get inexpensive airfares. Don’t fret though. It’s not too late to know how to score the cheapest airfare tickets of your life.

Times have changed. These days, you can now get the cheapest airfare tickets available… if you know where to look. Whether you’re on official business or just on a much-awaited vacation, you’ll be happy to know you can get very cheap plane flights.

1) All Hail the Internet.

Booking online is a great way to get the cheapest airfare tickets. Web sites like sidestep.com, lowestfare.com and farecast.com can help you compare airline prices, book you cheap airfare deals and even hook you up with hotels to stay at.

These websites are designed to help make the plane ticket-buying process more convenient for you both physically and well… financially!

If you have doubts about choosing a service you have never heard of before today, then I suggest going to Yahoo! Travel. As it turns out, they also offer the same services to get you very cheap airfare.

2) Supply vs. Demand

This is one of the factors in which airlines base their changing fares. If the airlines foresee that a lot of people will be going to Hawaii this summer (which, by the way, is also where you’re headed), don’t expect to score the cheapest airfare tickets there! Likewise, if a certain flight is not selling well, you’ll be able to get inexpensive airfares out of it.

3) Beat the System

You see, airlines submit their number of seats and airfares to four central reservation systems owned by various air companies namely: Apollo, Sabre, Worldspan and Galileo.

If you work for a telecommunications company for a hotel or an airline, you have probably heard of these systems. The thing is, other airlines base their price increase and decrease on these systems. This is also where online bookers and travel agencies base their prices on.

However, the prices change very fast as well. So if you’re quick on your feet, take advantage of sudden drop downs or discounts, and make that call before somebody or the airline beats you to the lowest airfare available.

It’s not impossible to score the cheapest airfare tickets of your life as long as you know where to look and what to look for. All you need is a good sense of judgment, quick thinking and a few clicks on your computer. A little intuition wouldn’t hurt either.…