Airfare usually marks a big portion of any travel budget, so it pays to do what you can to ensure you get the best flights for your buck.
Some of the strategies we’ve discussed in the past include ways to fly for (almost) free, get the lowest price on airfare (even after you buy), and weigh the contradicting elements of route/connections/price to find the “best” flight for your needs.
But there are a few more tricks to finding the best airfare.
Airlines adjust their seat prices depending on the date of the flight and how many seats are still available. Sometimes they release batches of seats at lower prices if they have a glut. Knowing when the airline resets their prices (many are rumoured to reset weekly on a Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight), and searching just after the prices are reset can result in you getting a better deal.
(The more passive strategy to this – but one in which you might still lose out if you’re not quick on the draw – is to set up price change alerts).
Choose the Right Search Engine(s)
Clear Your Cookies
Another rumour is going around that airlines will increase the price of a flight you’re searching the more you search it. I can attest to this: I remember stalking a flight and being unimpressed with a fare hike, but when I searched the same flight on another computer the price was different.
Play on the safe side and clear your cookies between searches.
Here are a few more airfare searching and purchasing tips for you to peruse: