The old travel industry adage that no two travelers on any given flight had paid the same price for their tickets has been rendered largely obsolete, as greater consumer access to information has had a general leveling impact on ticket prices. Using inflation-adjusted figures, air travel is now cheaper than it has ever been. Nevertheless, many travelers still pay more for their travel needs than the need to. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you find the greatest possible airfare bargains.
- The day and time of purchase can have a significant impact on ticket prices. Every night at midnight, airlines reload their reservation databases with available seats that had been reserved but were not paid for. For that reason, it is best to conduct your search in the wee hours of the morning. This is one of the reasons that, in the past, travel agents had access to better airfares than the general public. Today, however, you can search for these tickets yourself on any of the major travel sites (Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, etc.)