Did you pay more than you wanted for your last airplane flight? Most people do, thanks to the wily pricing techniques of the airline industry. But industry expert and blogger Sam Sellers can help you find the cheapest available fare by searching the most effective Web sites in the right order. So whether your next trip is for business or pleasure, follow Sam's advice to fly the route you want for a fare you can afford.
This book covers domestic and international travel originating in the United States; the specifics in other countries vary too much to make accurate recommendations. Click the FAQ tab below for more information.
You'll also find advice for reserving a good seat and preparing for low-hassle travel, as well as information on using frequent flyer miles, credit cards that provide flight discounts, and recommended methods for tracking deals. Appendixes provide links to major airline home pages and flight-route maps, an explanation of the pesky taxes applied to your fare, and more.
Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as: • Which of the many travel Web sites should I use? • Why do flight prices increase as I check them? • What sort of flexibility on my part will save money? • How can I best use my Web browser to switch quickly between travel sites while researching cheap tickets? • What's a smart way to bid for a bargain on Priceline.com? • Are there special ways of saving money on international flights?
Table of Contents • Read Me First • Introduction • Quick Start • Traveler, Know Thyself • Begin the Booking Process • Book Domestic More than 2 Weeks Out • Book Domestic Less than 2 Weeks Out • Book International • Pick a Package • Buy Blind • Win The Waiting Game • Use Loyalty Programs • Fly Right • Appendix A: Links to Major Airlines • Appendix B: Resources • Appendix C: Taxes - An Explanation • Appendix D: Rebate Web Sites • Appendix F: Better Browsing • Glossary • About This Book
Read Me First Rising fuel costs and increased competition have made an inexpensive airline ticket hard to find, but you can take control of booking a cheap ticket with this detailed guide that covers domestic and international flights, loyalty programs, and package deals. This book was written by Sam Sellers, edited by Don Sellers, and published by TidBITS Electronic Publishing.