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How to buy Airline Tickets? The best strategies to get the cheap flights or cheap airline tickets? Patience is required to get cheap airline tickets.

Airline Tickets

Buying airline tickets is frustrating, the airlines wear you down with confusion, wanting us to just give up and buy the air ticket. We must learn to play the airline ticket game.

How to win the airline ticket game?

By Andy Lee Graham, Pro World Traveler, 19 years abroad, and I have visited 107 countries.

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How to Save Money on Airline Tickets?

  1. Check airline ticket prices daily with sites that search many airlines. For example I normally use Kayak, searching 3 days before, and 3 days after.
    No 1 is: Kayak.com
    But also am using:

    No 2 is Skyscanner.com
    No 3 is OneTravel.com

    I do this for 10-30 days, daily, until I know the best prices.

  2. Check the airline prices online every four hours for same destination - This can give a 25-50 percent airline savings. Why? Airlines release cancelled tickets, especially right after midnight.

  3. Learn what an Air Consolidator is, and try to buy airline tickets from them. A 10-50 percent savings, especially on long-haul airline tickets.

  4. Learn the most common routes the plane travels for your destination. we need to learn to buy airline tickets from "hub to hub."

  5. Call Joreon in Bangkok, Thailand, an airline ticket expert,  after you pay Andy 105 USD for 3 hours of his advice. This is the easy way, it will speed up the buying of long haul, confusing airline tickets. I use Jeroen continuously, I pay him 100-300 dollars per year. I find my best price, and 80 percent of the time he beat it, he is amazing. Andy Lee Graham

  6. Know you can buy an airline ticket to any destination on the planet one-way for approximately 750 U.S. Dollars, use this price as a guide.

  7. Save on baggage fees. Wear a hunting vest, put about 10 kilos of weight in the pockets, this will save on baggage fees. Cargo pants are also helpful.

  8. Learn what a gate is or hub is? Please understand airline tickets prices change if you are flying from a gate, or hub, and not a local support airport.

  9. Buy the airline ticket before you tell the boss the days you want for vacation. Discuss with the boss, "Can we buy cheap airline tickets? Then tell you the days we want off for vacation?" Wrap your vacations, travel around the airline tickets, do not force the tickets to be purchased on a specific date.

  10. Join HoboTraveler.com, and chat online for free with Andy, and many verified, trusted 3-5 Star members. hobotraveler.com

Short Plane Trips on One Continent

- Need to understand that Low Cost Airlines, airline tickets are not always listed in travel deal sites, like Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia. Read more here:
wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_low-cost_airlines

- If the flight is less than one hour, maybe the bus is faster.

Long Haul Airline Flights

- Search for same flights on Kayak.com every four hours, this allow the midnight release of tickets to occur.

- Search every day for one-month until an obvious value appears.

- Search all airports within a 3-5 state area.

- Constructed airline tickets can be cheaper, fly to England, stop for night, then take off for India the next day.

- Learn the airline hubs, tickets can be cheaper, but not always.

List of Airfare Sites used by Andy Lee Graham Regularly:

kayak.com

skyscanner.com

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

skiplagged.com

rome2rio.com

momondo.com

onetravel.com

expedia.com 


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Ed76

Here is a site that explains consolidators
http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/air-travel/airline-consolidators


Gadget

I think airlines are dropping cheap tickets on Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak. The consolidator I used in Chicago went out of business. have purchased some insanely cheap tickets by being willing to buy and leave 2 days later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_low-cost_airlines


Ed76

An interesting thing is that a lot of cheap tickets aren't making it to those sites. I went on Kayak and Skyscanner looking at flights from San Francisco to Paris and the cheapest was allmost $900 (RT), but Air France is only $750 from their site (I learned about it from cheaptickets.com). It's the same for some other airlines... suddenly it's cheaper for some fares by going direct to the airline's site.


jwallis

some airlines like Southwest do not allow those sites to get their prices. Some people love Southwest because sometimes they're the cheapest, there are no assigned seats, and no baggage fees, at least for the first bag


Jeff7ft3in

How does Google flights compare? https://www.google.com/flights/


Ed76

Google had the same flights as Skyscanner and Kayak. I spent a couple of days on all the main "cheap flight" sites without finding this one. Wow Airlines is the cheapest but you can only fly with 5kg of carry on and there is no meal. The Air France flight is better value. And there is a Delta Flight and a United flight that Kayak and the others didn't know about either. And I have in price alerts that don't know about those flights either. They all say Turkish Airlines $874 is the cheapest fare.


DebV

Hi Ed, You might want to check flights leaving OAK Oakland airport instead of SFO. I've always found them cheaper than from SFO. You may not get a direct flight though but going into and out of OAK is so much easier and more pleasant than the SFO labyrinth. For anyone not familiar with the Bay Area, they call it the San Francisco Airport buts its actually in South San Francisco on the Peninsula. Plus right at about SFO, traffic starts backing up on 101 Highway all the way into San Francisco which in my opinion is horrendous. With OAK one can avoid most of 880 which is equivalent to 101 by using the back roads thru San Leandro to get to the Oakland Airport. For someone dropping you off or picking you up its a breeze at QAK but not so at SFO. They remodel and reconfigure SFO so often that one is likely to get lost driving around at SFO.


Ed76

Deb I usually check the box to search nearby airports as well. Yes, Oakland is an option and I haven't finished searching yet. So far, in terms of value, the SFO to CDG route looks best. It's about the same as one routed through Seattle, which adds hours to the flight.


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