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 entertainment deals. Many great resorts offer a free night if you book five, a free round of golf, even a swim with the dolphins.
- Also, go to kidsmealdeals.com. to find out where kids eat free. Last year in Washington DC my family saved $100 at one meal just by choosing a restaurant where kids eat for free with a paying adult.
4. Look for Package Deals :
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