Thanksgiving is almost here so booking a flight now will cost you, but if you're flying out of town in December there are some money saving steps you should take.
1. Start the search
To save the cash you have to know the prices. It's important to research several search engines to know the ballpark prices you're dealing with, that way when a bargain pops up you can quickly book it. You can search on Hotwire, Travelocity, Priceline and more, but you should realize some airlines don't allow travel sites to carry their fares. Southwest Airlines is one of the carriers that only offer their flights on their website.
2. Be flexible
If you're able to be flexible with your departure and arrival dates it will save you potentially hundreds of dollars. Do some experimenting with different travel dates and you'll quickly see the vast difference in prices in some cases.
3. Connections cost less
Stopping along the way is a hassle but can often bring down your round trip price dramatically. It will extend your travel time and there is a chance you miss your connecting flight if your first flight is delayed. But if you're willing to take that chance it can save you some cash.
4. Avoid the peak days
Try to fly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturdays. Avoid Monday, Friday or Sunday. Those are often the highest priced flights because of travel demand.
5. Partial refund
Book your flight on an airline that offers price reductions if the price of your flight goes down. Southwest Airlines offers this service but you have to keep track of your flight prices. So if you book a flight for $350, as an example, then the price drops by $100, they will allow you to cancel and rebook and then use that $100 on a future flight. Not all airlines offer that service so you'll want to check before you book.
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