By GALTime Consumer Expert Jennifer Jolly
1. Sign up for a Bing Fare Alert! (similar to a "flash sale")
- Airlines can drop fares to make sure every single seat is booked. They don't advertise these drops so the only way to find out about them is to have a family member who works "on the inside" or set up Bing Travel fare alerts.
- The Bing alert uses science (not advertising) for your specific itinerary (such as Dallas-Orlando March 19-21 - and emails you the second that price drops.
- 50% of fare drops are only around for 48 hours
- Example: I just booked Dallas to Orlando for $99 round trip - when I searched for that same ticket two days ago - it was $511.
2. Be Flexible:
- Fares for trips spanning Tuesday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Wednesday are about 20% less expensive than those scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
3. Take Advantage of Fabulous Freebies:
- Find a hotel where there's free Internet access, free breakfast, free parking, even free