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There are three basic rules to being the traveler with cheap-seat bragging rights: patience, persistence and flexibility. Find out what that entails with these 7 tips to keep your airfare low and your deal-hungry head held high.

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Know when to book:
Like they say, the early bird catches the cheapest worm. In the case of flights, Tuesday morning has become the traditional deal day. One airline will announce a sale, blast an email and maybe post to its social media sites—and the others will match it or one-up it for obvious reasons: They all want your money, no matter how little. The two caveats here: The best prices are often for travel within the near future, even that week; and the seats disappear fast. So if you see a fare that fits your budget, grab it.

Get the message: Register for email fare alerts from discount sites, airlines and even airports and you’ll have the inside track to the latest travel deals. For example, CheapTickets offers extra discounts on hotels when booking a flight, special promo codes and a heads-up on fare sales. Clicking through links indicates that you’re an active traveler, which can lead to bonus deals. Boom–the scales in your inbox love-hate relationship just tipped.

Flexibility stretches your funds: There are times to dig your heels in and there are times to let things slide a little. Like travel dates and times, departure and arrival airports. First of all, midweek flights are typically cheaper than Fridays or Sundays. Can you manage the overnight or crack-of-dawn flight? You’ll save there too. Could you take a connecting flight instead of nonstop? Annoying, maybe, but budget-friendly, almost always. Also, search for flights leaving from airports other than your closest option, as long as you factor in the cost to get there. It’s even possible that departing from and returning to two different airports can bring down the price.

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Check early. Check often.
If you know where and basically when you want to travel, start planning well ahead of schedule. First, research peak travel times and try to book outside those dates. Even a day can make a difference. Then, do a price search a few times over the course of a few weeks to get a sense of the average cost—so you’ll know when a deal’s a deal. Armed with the knowledge, start checking daily or even twice a day. The morning after you book your flight, search again. If fares have gone down significantly, you can usually cancel penalty-free and re-book.

Be social. Add airlines and discount flight sites to your Facebook and Twitter circles, and you may just catch a deal that other company outlets don’t promote. These are often short-lived, so act fast.

De-clutter. We’re referring to your website history. It remembers things,like your latest airfare search. If you clear your cache, you’ll do away with any stale data and get the freshest information.

Take the package deal. You might think that packages are devised to trick you into spending more. Think again. Booking flight, hotel and car rental at once can save you loads, particularly if you’re not picky about where you’re going. For instance, you planned on Florida, but there’s a mind-boggling deal to South Carolina. If it’s technically the beach you want, both oblige. So why the heck not? On that vein, try searching for the type of trip you’d like (ski trip, cruise, family) and see what comes up. You might be pleasantly surprised at an unexpected destination deal.

Tips and information for this article were sourced on HARO including experts from Barcelona Experience, Adventure Tasmania Online, H.E. Freeman Enterprises, The Travel Tart, and Travel with Kevin and Ruth.

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cheap flightsIf you’re thinking about a last-minute cheap ski vacation, these cheap flights on American Airlines may help.

The American Airlines ski sale features cheap flights to popular ski vacation destinations, starting at $258. But hurry — today is the last day to save.

Check out these sample cheap flights:

  • Chicago to Eagle/Vail: $258
  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Jackson, WY: $278
  • Boston to Montrose: $298
  • New York City to Eagle/Vail: $298
  • Miami to Hayden: $298

This American Airlines sale on cheap flights ends today, and airfares are good for travel through February 24.

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CheapTickets and Northwest Airlines are offering cheap flights for the holidays. So if you want to go home for Thanksgiving or plan a Christmas getaway, check out sale airfares like these:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Boston: $287
  • Detroit to Baltimore: $183
  • Indianapolis to New York: $177
  • Milwaukee to Austin, TX: $251
  • Memphis to Orlando: $205

These cheap flights don’t include taxes and are good for travel November 20 – January 5, 2009.

So whether you want to visit cousins in Kalamazoo or ring in the New Year in New York, CheapTickets and Northwest have cheap flights to help you celebrate the holidays. But hurry, sale ends November 26.

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Airfare to cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico is on sale. AirTran Airways is offering cheap flights for fall and winter travel. So if you want to take a vacation, check out airfares like these:

  • Atlanta to San Juan: $244
  • Chicago to Miami: $204
  • New York to West Palm Beach: $184
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul to Dallas/Fort Worth: $264
  • Denver to Fort Lauderdale: $284

These cheap flights don’t include taxes and are for round-trip travel through January 30, 2009.

You could plan a long weekend in Los Angeles, or a relaxing getaway in Phoenix. No matter where you want to travel, you’ll save on airfare with this sale from AirTran and CheapTickets.

Hurry, sale ends October 14.

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Cheap flights are here — just in time for a fall getaway. Check out CheapTickets’ airfare deals for less than $200:

  • Houston to Denver — $180
  • Buffalo to Tampa — $147
  • Denver to Los Angeles — $184
  • Philadelphia to Orlando — $164
  • Washington, D.C. to New York City — $154

Sample airfare like these are for round-trip flights and include taxes and fees. So go ahead — plan your fall travel. Live it up in Vegas, visit sunny L.A. or take in the sights in New York. CheapTickets’ cheap flights for less than $200 make your fall travel fun.

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Travel to Hawaii this fall and save with CheapTickets and United Airlines.

Flights to Honolulu are on sale. Just look at these airfare samples:

  • Baltimore to Honolulu: $572
  • Denver to Honolulu: $534
  • San Diego to Honolulu: $504
  • St. Louis to Honolulu: $555
  • Tampa to Honolulu: $569

Fares are for roundtrip flights and don’t include taxes and fees. A three-night minimum stay is required. Sale is good for travel through November 19, 2008– but you must buy your ticket by 11:59 p.m. CDT September 16.

So if you’ve always wanted to visit Waikiki Beach — or if you just want to relax on the beach — this may be your ticket to a cheap Hawaii vacation.

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If you get cheap airfare, New York can be an inexpensive place to travel. How? Well, here are a few ideas:

"The New York City Waterfalls" art installation, a set of four waterfalls in the East River, is a free public art exhibit. The waterfalls are located on Pier 35 in Manhattan, under the Brooklyn Bridge, between piers 4 and 5 in Brooklyn and on the north shore of Governor’s Island. You can see the falls from land, or take the free Staten Island Ferry or Governor’s Island Ferry. The exhibit runs through October 13.

Want more art? Many New York museums offer free or discounted admission at certain times of the week. Get details.

You can enjoy the beauty and serenity of Central Park for free on your own, or take one of the many free walking tours offered by the Central Park Conservancy. Or, you can take free walking tours of the Grand Central area — including the Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building — or Wall Street.

If you want to plan a last minute trip and travel to New York this weekend, you can catch a free Broadway concert. Broadway on Broadway, on Sunday, September 14, is a free outdoor concert featuring stars from many popular Broadway productions. The concert kicks off at 11:30 a.m. in Times Square. And if you want to see a full show while you’re in New York, CheapTickets has deals on theater tickets.

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Get cheap airfare to London with CheapTickets and Virgin Atlantic.

You can visit Buckingham Palace, check out London’s theater scene and tour the city’s famous neighborhoods. Check out these sample prices on round-trip, nonstop flights:

  • Chicago to London: $490
  • Miami to London: $562
  • Boston to London: $468
  • New York City to London: $460
  • San Francisco to London: $706

These cheap flights don’t include some taxes and fees.

Virgin Atlantic’s unique service makes cheap flights feel luxurious, with on-demand movies, complimentary cocktails and more.

This airfare sale is are good for travel October 23 – December 17, 2008 and December 24, 2008 – March 22, 2009. But you must buy your ticket by 11:59 p.m. CDT September 9.

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Cheap tickets make travel easy. And CheapTickets is making it easy for you to plan a weekend getaway in September with cheap flights to cities across the U.S.

Check out these sample airfares (which include all taxes and fees):

  • Atlanta to Los Angeles: $309
  • Chicago to Las Vegas: $287
  • New Orleans to New York City: $252
  • New York City to Ft. Lauderdale: $173
  • San Francisco to Chicago: $274
  • Philadelphia toOrlando: $151

These cheap tickets are for travel in September — leaving Thursday through Saturday and returning Sunday through Tuesday.

September is right around the corner. So pick a weekend and find your cheap tickets.

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If you’re waiting for really cheap flights to book your travel, now is the time! CheapTickets has round-trip flights for under $200.

Here are some sample airfares:

  • Boston to Orlando: $199
  • Denver to Los Angeles: $163
  • New York to Fort Lauderdale: $181
  • Seattle to Las Vegas: $188
  • Chicago to Atlanta: $193

Plus, you can save even more with the CheapTickets Summer Sale. Just book any flight + hotel vacation package of three nights or more and save $50. (Book by July 6 for travel by August 31).

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