November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012
Best Ways To Get Cheap Airfare

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a very safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Because of our work, Dab the AIDS Bear and I spend a lot of time on airplanes. But if you have tried to book a flight lately, I am sure you have noticed the increase in prices. So what can you do to still afford to fly? Today and tomorrow I will blog about tips to help you.

Airfares are taking off. According to Travelocity, the average round trip domestic airfare this Thanksgiving is $386, up 9 percent from last year.

But if you’ve got the will, there’s always a way to land an airfare bargain.

If your itinerary for travel savings begins and ends with a trip to an online travel agent like Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity, you could easily miss out on a lower fare. You could also miss out if you confine your search to sites that aggregate fares, like Cheapflights, Kayak, or Mobissimo.

That’s because the best fares might be available from the place many travelers neglect to check: the airlines themselves.

some airlines have been offering lower prices on their websites to keep fliers from online agencies and aggregator sites. The reason is simple: They want to avoid paying commissions of roughly $10 to $25 per ticket.

Toronto based Porter Airlines, for example, offers savings of up to 50 percent on its website. Southwest, the lowest-cost carrier in many markets, has never offered fares on sites other than its own.

At least one other airline isn’t stopping with incentives – they’re also placing restrictions on passengers that don’t book from them directly. Frontier Airlines recently announced that failing to book from their site will result in half the frequent flier miles, higher fees, and no ability to get a seat assignment until check-in.

Bottom line? If your goal is the best possible deal, you might not find it with one-stop shopping. Use an online agency or aggregator to see the options, but don’t book until you also check the airline’s site.

Tomorrow I will give you some more tips to help keep your airfare costs down.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Wednesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab