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Old 03-24-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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Stepka - regarding that travel website - I just did a search on Newark to London for a flight 3 weeks from now. The price in highlighted font stated $305 - but take a look to the right and see the taxes and fees - the total price of the ticket is $686.05. That is pretty steep. Also, you get a direct flight outbound, but on the inbound there was 2 stops. I could get a non-stop ticket from the Continental site for $594.
haha, yeah. People have to learn the hard way, there is no "web site for cheap fares". Don't give in to the false advertisement. You see a cheap fare, try to book it, and *suprise* the fare dissapears, or is covered in fees. There are published fares, the same or higher that you get at the airlines site. My advice still stands - use the search engines, book the flight at the airlines site.
One exception to the above is fares at consolidators, but you have to really work at being flexible for those.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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I'll be honest, I signed up for alerts from TravelZoo. You can get some good bargains there or be alerted to price cuts/special promotions at various airlines. But you really have to keep an eye on the fine print. Still, that website I checked out - that was the highest fees I have EVER seen.

To answer the OP's question, I had heard on a travel radio program that there was one particular day of the week (Tuesday? Thursday?) at like midnight when the airlines typically released their best fares. Can anyone provide clarification on this?
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Good point about added fees.

We booked a flight with Allegient. On paper is sounded really good...and if you pay attention you CAN get a decent rate.

But if you're not watching...you'll get charged for choosing your seat, priority boarding, luggage and all sorts of other "fees".

I didn't pay for all the "extras" (except for one luggage fee for two people), chose our seats when we got to the airport and since I had a cane at the time, my husband and I got to board 1st.

Lesson learned...read everything! And timing is everything.

Airfare Deals - Cheap Flights - Airfarewatchdog sign up for this one too.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:58 AM
 
Location: on an island
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There have been *so many* threads like this one.
Once again, I wish we could have a stickie at the top to which we could refer posters; the same people keep answering the same questions.

There are many strategies, but no miracle secrets. Be flexible, travel mid-week.
Read the fine print.
Do the work and plan ahead. Some people wait to the last minute, or are okay with mult-stop flights. I am not one of those people, though I am willing to do red-eyes.

Sudents, or those under 26 or so can use STA or Student Universe.

I use ITA and many of the aforementioned search engines such as AirfareWatchdog and Travel Zoo, and try to book directly with the airline.

There are Priceline and Hotwire, for those willing to play that game.

Finally, there is a forum I regularly visit that has daily updates on cheap airfare to Europe.
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