How to buy airline tickets and avoid the hidden costs of flying

Airfare often changes dramatically from hour-to-hour, day-to-day and week-to-week. Regardless of what they promise, no one air travel site has either the cheapest price nor the best deal at any given moment.

So what makes FareCompare different? Because the FareCompare website is sitting on top of one of the world's largest databases of historical and current airfare, FareCompare has identified trends from years and years of processing massive amounts of airfare data.

FareCompare has created tools and expert travel advice not just sell you a ticket, but to help you find the best flight deal every time you fly. FareCompare offers these easy to follow tips and expert travel advice to help you find cheap flights every time you fly.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
are typically the cheapest days to fly, first flights, lunch, after dinner are the cheapest times to flyCheapest Days & Times to Fly

  • Flying on off-peak travel days can result in savings when you fly, but requires some flexibility in choosing your travel dates and length of trip

Angry over Airline Fees? Sorry, But it's a Fee-Friendly World

Nobody likes airline fees – well, except for the airlines. Fees became popular when the economy began to nosedive and have become status quo for most airlines. Fees have become a way for airlines to create badly needed revenue, but understandably passengers hate bag fees, paying for snacks, etc. Before you buy your ticket, consult FareCompare's Domestic Airline Fee Chart and brush up on all of the fees for each of your favorite carriers before you fly.

How-to-Buy Airfare Cheap: Advice from an Insider

FareCompare CEO, Rick Seaney, is a world-class travel expert. He's appeared on countless radio and television call-in shows. The number one question he is asked is by far "When should I buy my ticket?" This question is not easily answered in all instances, but here are some guiding principles to help shoppers find cheap flight deals.

  • The best time to buy domestic airfare is Tuesdays around lunchtime. Shop for airfare on Tuesdays through Thursdays: The airline sales are short-lived – they typically last three days or less – and tend to debut on Tuesdays, or sometimes late Monday.
  • Don't procrastinate, begin shopping a few months before you plan to travel, and make your purchase no later than a month before you go.
  • Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Even if you can only put half your trip on one of these days, do so and you'll at least get half the benefit.
  • Connecting flights can be half the cost of a non-stop flight


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