How do I get
chep airplane tickets?

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     Airfares are one of the biggest expenses when traveling. You can easily save money on food and accommodation, but is it that easy to save money when buying airplane tickets? Well… it is!
   Of course, prices are going to depend on where you are and where you want to go. It also depends on the airline you choose, days you want to travel, how long you want to stay and when you actually pay for it.  It is very important to understand the process of getting a ticket, I have talked to people on the airplane that have paid 3 times more that I did, and guess what? Where were sitting right next to each other!
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Sometimes, Frontier has tickets from $19

Sky

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FIRST: TIME. In order to get cheap airfares, your schedule has to be very flexible.  When you have a fixed period of time to travel, you are not going to have a lot of options to choose from, especially in summer and holidays. DON’T BE AFRAID OF TRAVELING IN RADOM DATES. That is part of the experience. Be willing to travel whenever the ticket is available at a better price. If you are working or going to school, try to figure it out. Ask for a couple days off or get the work done earlier when possible. I have traveled in the middle of the semester, and it was worth it! Of course, it requires a lot of responsibility. If you absolutely cannot miss a day, then don’t do it. It is very hard to get tickets that perfectly match your schedule at low prices.
    

There are thousands of airlines! 

Allegiant and Frontier are very smart options.

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SECOND: RESEARCH. If you really want a cheap ticket, visit as many websites as you can. You would be surprised, but every single website shows different prices. They all say that they have the best prices, but do not believe them; self-checking best prices is very smart. Is it cheaper to buy tickets directly from the airline or from a travel search engine? Well, it is always different. When you use a search engine, check the airlines’ websites as. Sometimes search engines have the best prices but sometimes they don’t.
    
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THRID: PRICE ALERTS. Most of the airlines and traveling websites have their own price alerts. You just sign up typing your email,  destination, and time and they let you know when the tickets are on sale or cheaper that usual. Be patient, you might have to wait for the perfect price.
    
    

KAYAK'S EXPLORE TOOL - Taken from kayak.com/explore

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FOURTH: CHECK HIDDEN FEES: This is something that I have learned through experience. There are ALWAYS hidden costs and fees you need to check:
  1. Baggage fees: These are for sure the most common ones. Most of the times, personal items such as shoulder bags, backpacks, laptop bags or any other small items that fit under the seat are included with the ticket. Carry-on fees go around $10-50. But it goes higher for the 1st and 2nd checked bag.
  2. Check-In: Airlines sometimes require you to do online check-in 24 hours before your departure time. If you don’t do so, they charge you extra money.
  3. Boarding pass printing: I’ve fallen into that trap several times, especially when traveling with Allegiant. If you do not print your own boarding pass, they charge you around $5-10 to do so at the airport. Pretty expensive for a paper, isn’t it?
  4. Oversized bags: Sometimes it is cheaper to check a 2nd bag that to pay for an oversized one.
    
    

If you want to go cheap, don't even think about firt class.

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KAYAK’S EXPLORE TOOL. This is my real secret. Not everybody knows about this amazing tool, but it is very helpful when trying to save money. Of course, at it says, you have to be willing to EXPLORE in order to use this tool. This works if you have a fixed budget but don’t know where to travel.
It is really easy to use: Type the city where you want to travel from, time frame, and your budget. It will automatically show you where you can go and for how much. Then, you just click on the prices and take a look at the details.
   
These are the steps I follow when I want to go on a new adventure.
I always do the Kayak.com/explore tool first. Then I see the airlines that fly to my destination and check their websites. Then, I compare prices.  Be flexible with your schedule, do a lot of research, set price alerts, check potential hidden fees and use KAYAK’S explore tool. I'm pretty sure you are going to find that price you have been waiting for.

Enjoy your trip!

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