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									 Insider
Secrets To
  Cheap
  Flights


  By: Henry Rustkirk
                     Insider Secrets To Cheap Flights



Table of Contents
Disclaimer and Legal Notice..........................................................5
Introduction...............................................................................6
Basic Tips..................................................................................7
  Basic Tip #1 - Know Your Itinerary.............................................7
  Basic Tip #2 - Non-Stop Flights..................................................8
  Basic Tip #3 - Round Trip Tickets...............................................8
  Basic Tip #4 - Direct vs Non-Stop..............................................9
  Basic Tip #5 - Book Early..........................................................9
  Basic Tip #6 - What Time to Fly...............................................10
  Basic Tip #7 - What Day to Fly.................................................11
  Basic Tip #8 - Weekend Stay over............................................11
  Basic Tip #9 - Avoid Peak Dates...............................................12
  Basic Tip #10 - After the Holidays............................................12
  Basic Tip #11 - Alternative Airports..........................................13
  Basic Tip #12 - Alternative Routes............................................14
  Basic Tip #13 - Online Ticketing...............................................14
  Basic Tip #14 - Package Deals.................................................15
  Basic Tip #15 - Travel Agents..................................................15
  Basic Tip #16 - Multiple Reservations........................................16
  Basic Tip #17 - Extra Services.................................................16
  Basic Tip #18 - Which Class.....................................................17
  Basic Tip #19 - Flight Delays...................................................18
  Basic Tip #20 - Tickets By Mail.................................................18
  Basic Tip #21 - Budget Airlines................................................19
  Basic Tip #22 - Luggage.........................................................19
  Basic Tip #23 - Travel Insurance..............................................20
  Basic Tip #24 - Airline Water...................................................21
  Basic Tip #25 - Airfare Codes...................................................21
Scams To Avoid........................................................................22
  Scam To Avoid #1 - Be Your Own Travel Agent..........................22
  Scam To Avoid #2 - Timeshare Trips.........................................22
  Scam To Avoid #3 - Duty Free Shops........................................23
  Scam To Avoid #4 - Airline Travel Agency..................................23
  Scam To Avoid #5 - Rising Weekend Prices................................24
  Scam To Avoid #6 - Airline Websites.........................................25
  Scam To Avoid #7 - Dealing With The Airlines............................25
  Scam To Avoid #8 - Hidden Charges.........................................26
  Scam To Avoid #9 - Unsold Seats Myth.....................................27


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  Scam To Avoid #10 - Hurricane Warning...................................27
Insider Secrets..........................................................................28
  Insider Secret #1 - Watch Out For Falling Prices.........................28
  Insider Secret #2 - You Have To Ask For a Deal..........................29
  Insider Secret #3 - Special Travel Agent Deals...........................29
  Insider Secret #4 - Heavy Price Competition..............................30
  Insider Secret #5 - Always Check Multiple Sites..........................31
  Insider Secret #6 - The Optimal Search Order............................32
  Insider Secret #7 - Let The Cookies Crumble.............................33
  Insider Secret #8 - Good Computer Glitches..............................33
  Insider Secret #9 - The Secret Time to Book..............................34
  Insider Secret #10 - Which Desk Is Best...................................35
  Insider Secret #11 - Don't Forget To Complain...........................35
  Insider Secret #12 - Combining Multiple Sales Trick....................36
  Insider Secret #13 - Round Trip Round Robin.............................37
  Insider Secret #14 - Thank Goodness For Thanksgiving...............38
  Insider Secret #15 - New Routes, New Deals.............................38
  Insider Secret #16 - Drop-Off Flying Trick.................................39
  Insider Secret #17 - Skip-It Flying Trick....................................39
  Insider Secret #18 - Fly For Free, For Real.................................40
  Insider Secret #19 - New Resort Bonanza..................................40
  Insider Secret #20 - How To Avoid Unfair Taxes.........................41
  Insider Secret #21 - International Site Price Check.....................41
  Insider Secret #22 - Air Pass Super Deal...................................42
  Insider Secret #23 - One-Way International Travel Trick..............42
  Insider Secret #24 - Frequent Flying Like A Pro..........................44
  Insider Secret #25 - What To Do If You Miss a Flight...................45
  Insider Secret #26 - Custom Connecting Flights Trick..................46
  Insider Secret #27 - Overbooked Flights Fun..............................46
  Insider Secret #28 - How To Get Non-Refundable Tickets Refunded
  ...........................................................................................47
  Insider Secret #29 - Get An On-Hold Discount............................48
  Insider Secret #30 - Combos Warning.......................................49
Specific Situations.....................................................................50
  Bereavement Fares................................................................51
  Senior Citizens.......................................................................51
  University Students................................................................52
  University Faculty...................................................................52
  Small Business Owners...........................................................52
  Clergy..................................................................................53
  Military.................................................................................53

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  Family..................................................................................54
  Traveling With Children...........................................................54
  Last Minute Travel..................................................................55
Conclusion...............................................................................56




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              Disclaimer and Legal Notice
This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information
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                          Introduction
This guide will give you the knowledge you need to save money on all
your air travel. I have used my extensive experience inside the travel
industry (as an airline reservations agent for 9 years) to compile a list
of tips and secrets that will help save you money every time you fly.

The information in this guide is divided into four sections. The First
section deals with "Basic Tips" on saving money when flying. If you
are a seasoned traveler, you probably know most of these tips, but
you might look through them to review.

The Second section lists "Scams To Avoid". Unfortunately, the
airlines come up with new tricks all the time to get as much of your
hard earned money as they can. These tips will help you avoid being
taken advantage of when you fly.

The Third section lists the "Insider Secrets" that I learned on the
inside of the travel business. These secrets are known only by those
deep inside the air travel industry. This information has the potential
to save you tons of money when you fly.

The Fourth section deals with "Specific Situations", such as student
travelers, family travel, senior fliers etc...

I hope you enjoy reading this guide, and I know you will enjoy using
these tips to save money when you travel.




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                           Basic Tips
There are some basic rules to traveling, that everyone should
understand. You may already know all these techniques, so just
consider it a refresher course. These are the basic concepts needed to
spend less money on airline tickets. Consider these to be the Ten
Commandments of airfares.




           Basic Tip #1 - Know Your Itinerary




Knowing how flexible your plans are will help in searching

Before you even begin searching for airfare for you trip, you should sit
down and think about exactly how flexible your itinerary is. Do you
have a specific event you can't be late for? Could you arrive a day
earlier, or a day later? Would you mind flying very early in the
morning, or late at night? Are there other airports you could leave
from or arrive to? Knowing the answers to these questions will enable
you to take advantage of the right deal when you find it.




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              Basic Tip #2 - Non-Stop Flights

Non-stop flights will almost always cost more than connecting
     flights

Connecting flights involve a stop in another city, sometimes a hub for
a major airline. Often even using more than one airline may result in
an overall lower cost. Non-stop flights are of course more convenient,
but a definite savings can be achieved by taking on the minor
inconvenience of connecting flights.




            Basic Tip #3 - Round Trip Tickets




Round trip tickets will almost always save you more money than
    two one-way tickets

The airlines basically give you a little discount for booking two flights
at the same time, in other words a round trip ticket. There are special
techniques for using round trip tickets discussed in the "Insider
Secrets" section a little later on. But as a general rule, always book a
round trip instead of two one-way trips.

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            Basic Tip #4 - Direct vs Non-Stop

The difference can cost you time

When the airlines offer a non-stop flight, they are offering you a flight
that takes off at your original airport, and lands at your destination
airport, with no stopping. When the airlines offer a direct flight, that
will mean that your flight will land at one or more airports in between
your starting point and destination. You do not have to change planes
with a direct flight (that is called a connecting flight), but every time
you have to land and take off is another chance for your flight to be
delayed. So keep this difference in mind, especially if you can not be
late to your destination.




                  Basic Tip #5 - Book Early




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Booking your flight early can save you some big bucks

Airlines give discounts on early bookings for several reasons. It allows
the airline to plan ahead to know the amount of food they will need,
the amount of baggage that might be carried, and how much fuel they
might need. It also helps to avoid a situation where everybody just
shows up for a flight the day of the flight, and suddenly there isn't
enough room for all the passengers. The increased cost of the flight is
a deterrent to all but business travelers and those traveling for an
emergency.

Book your flight as early as you can, at least 2 weeks ahead of time
for a domestic flight, at least 1 month for an international flight. Do
not expect to get a great deal less than a week before flying using
standard techniques. If you wait too long, you will be paying the same
rate that corporations pay for their last minute business travelers, so
book as soon as you know the details of your trip.




             Basic Tip #6 - What Time to Fly

Don't fly when everybody else is

Typically the best time to fly, if saving money is your aim, is between
the hours of 5 PM and 9 AM. During the day is peak travel time for
business travelers, which naturally drives up prices. But starting in
the evening all the way through the night to morning, you can expect
to pay less. So called red eye flights (flights operating very late at
night) can offer some of the best deals.




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               Basic Tip #7 - What Day to Fly




Which days to avoid

Continuing on from what time to fly, we come to what day to fly. In
general, you want to avoid flying on Monday or Friday, as these are
peak business travel days. Typically the best days to travel are
Tuesday and Wednesday. Airlines may also offer discounts for
traveling on Saturday.




            Basic Tip #8 - Weekend Stay over



Ready for the weekend

Airlines offer significant savings if your round trip flights are scheduled
to stay over a weekend. If you think about it, typically business
travelers will head home on Friday. The airlines make it much cheaper
for you if you travel in opposite patterns as business persons.




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            Basic Tip #9 - Avoid Peak Dates




Save big by flying off-peak

Avoid traveling during peak vacation times or during large
conventions, unless that is why you are going. The lowest fares of the
year are offered during 'low' season which runs from November 1-
March 31. Slightly higher 'shoulder' season fares are for travel from
April 1-May 31 and again for October travel. 'High' season runs from
early to mid-June through early to mid-September. Traveling in the
low season especially helps with saving on international flights.
Overall, winter is generally better for international flights.




           Basic Tip #10 - After the Holidays




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Flying after the holidays can be a gift

The most expensive time of the year to fly are the Tuesday and
Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday and Monday after
Thanksgiving. The time between Christmas and New Years is also
heavily traveled. To get a great airfare deal, book a flight for right
after these peak times. If you want to fly for these holidays, you
probably won't get a great deal, unless you start looking at least two
months in advance. There is a trick for Thanksgiving in the "Insider
Secrets" section a little later on.




           Basic Tip #11 - Alternative Airports




Consider airports a little farther away

When searching for the best airfares for your trip, include alternative
airports for both your departure and destination. Just be sure to
include the cost of traveling to the alternative airport in your price
analysis. You might be surprised how much cheaper it may be to fly
into a smaller, regional airport than a closer, international airport.




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            Basic Tip #12 - Alternative Routes

Consider other possible routes

Checking for alternate routes can help you save lots of money. This
especially true for international flights. Most long, international flights
have to connect through one or more countries. Sometimes you can
save a lot of money by flying into a major hub in a region of the world,
then using a regional or local airline to reach your final destination.




             Basic Tip #13 - Online Ticketing




Internet ticketing is usually the way to go

As a general rule, purchasing your tickets online, from a third party
site or the airline's site, will be cheaper. The internet has come to
dominate the travel booking market, and is fiercely competitive. This
competition is a good thing for consumers.

Even though you will likely find the best deal online, don't overlook
calling the airlines or a travel agency. Most of the time doesn't mean
all the time, so it can pay to do your homework.




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              Basic Tip #14 - Package Deals

Packages can be a great deal

If you need airfare, car rental and hotel reservations all for the same
trip, you might be able to get a great deal using a travel package.
Most travel sites let you book all three at the same time, and offer a
nice discount. Just make sure that it is a good deal, and that you can't
get better prices on the separate parts at different sites.




               Basic Tip #15 - Travel Agents

Travel agents still have their place

It never hurts to see what a travel agent can offer you for the flights
you need. They still have access to special rates that online sites may
not, and may know about new routes or other specials that you don't.
It doesn't cost anything to talk to one, so use them as part of your
search process.

If you aren't sure how to find a good travel agent, ask people you
know for a reference. If nobody has a good reference for you, then I
suggest visiting a Society of Travel Agents for your region, such as

American Society of Travel Agents - http://www.ASTA.org
Association of British Travel Agents - http://www.ABTA.com
Association of Canadian Travel Agencies - http://www.ACTA.ca
Australian Federation of Travel Agents - http://www.AFTA.com.au/
Irish Travel Agents Association - http://www.itaa.ie/
Travel Agents Association of New Zealand - http://www.taanz.org.nz/
World Association of Travel Agencies - http://www.wata.net/




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         Basic Tip #16 - Multiple Reservations




Avoid making multiple reservations

It is not advisable to make multiple reservations with the same airline
when shopping around. You can not game the system in this way.
The airlines have software that can spot people attempting this, and
shut them down. When you make a reservation, stick with it.




              Basic Tip #17 - Extra Services




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Compare the cost of extras between airlines

Check the prices of extra services you may need during your flight.
Airlines have started charging for just about everything. Most of these
were considered amenities in the past, but now will cost you. Items to
include in your comparison:
 1)wifi
 2)phone service
 3)movies and entertainment
 4)blankets and pillows
 5)food and beverages (not always complimentary anymore)
 6)premium seat assignment
 7)priority boarding
 8)flight change fee
 9)checked baggage fees




               Basic Tip #18 - Which Class




Higher doesn't always mean more

Higher class doesn't always mean more money. Different websites
and travel agencies may have special deals on blocks of seats in
certain classes. In general, higher class will cost more, but not

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always, especially if a route is nearing capacity, as the inexpensive
seats usually go first.

As a general rule, don't purchase first class fare for a flight of less than
four hours. The extra cost may not be worth it, due to short length of
the flight.




                Basic Tip #19 - Flight Delays

Get there on time

To minimize the chance of a major flight delay, you will want to travel
in the early morning. As the day goes on, the airport and the skies
will begin to fill up, and the chances for a delay will increase. Also,
during winter, avoid connecting flights through cities that see a lot of
bad winter weather.




              Basic Tip #20 - Tickets By Mail




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Not a good idea these days

When possible, don't have your tickets mailed to you. The last thing
you need is for your tickets to be lost in the mail, or to arrive too late.
When reserving tickets over the phone, ask to pick them up at the
airlines desk at the airport.




              Basic Tip #21 - Budget Airlines

Budget isn't always best

The budget airlines have really driven overall prices down. The full
fare airlines still usually cost more, but not always. When searching,
don't automatically assume that the budget airlines will have the
lowest cost for a route.




                   Basic Tip #22 - Luggage




Hang on to your bags

When traveling on a crowded plane, the last thing you want to do is

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have to hunt through hundreds of prices of luggage looking for you
bags. Chances are someone else will have a bag that looks like yours.
The best way to easily find your luggage is to differentiate it some
way. Tying a handkerchief on the handle, or putting a design or words
on the side with masking tape, can make it very easy to spot your
bag.

If you have valuables in your luggage it is a good idea to buy extra
insurance for your bags. You can also buy trip insurance, just make
sure it would cover your valuables in case they were lost or destroyed.




             Basic Tip #23 - Travel Insurance

When to insure your trip

Air travel is one of the safest methods of travel in this modern age.
You are more likely to have an accident on the way to the airport, than
during your flight. If you are considering travel insurance, only get it
if a disruption in your travel would cost you money. If you have
special medical concerns, or irreplaceable times in your luggage, you
may also want to get trip insurance. Just don't buy travel insurance
strictly for the loss of life coverage.




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                Basic Tip #24 - Airline Water




Watch out for the on board water

Many airliners are perfectly cleaned and well maintained, but there
have been cases when they weren't and they were contaminated with
bacteria. If you wish to be extra careful, do not drink water on a
plane, unless it comes from a bottle. Also the coffee and tea would be
made from this same on board water, so you may want to avoid them
as well.




               Basic Tip #25 - Airfare Codes



Airfare codes are a thing of the past

Just to be clear, "airfare codes" are not published these days. They
are only useful to a travel agent or airline representative. The codes
provide information about minimum stays, advanced purchasing and
other rules associated with a particular fare. They are not helpful at all
when using the internet to reserve a flight.


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                       Scams To Avoid
This section will help you avoid becoming a victim of some of the
questionable practices of the air travel industry. Learning about these
scams will help you enjoy your trip, without the fear of being ripped
off.




  Scam To Avoid #1 - Be Your Own Travel Agent

Instant travel agent scams

This is a big one to watch out for; it is a big case of "if it looks too
good to be true, then it probably is". How it works is that you pay a
steep fee upfront, and sometimes a monthly fee, to become an
"independent travel agent" through a company. Then, they say, you
can access travel agent rates for air travel, hotels, rental cars. But
what they don't tell you is that you have to use their booking engine.
The other big thing they don't tell you is that most vendors (hotels,
airlines etc...) are wise to this game, and don't extend discounts to
these "independent travel agents".




          Scam To Avoid #2 - Timeshare Trips

Don't fall for the Timeshare Trip Trap

This technique is used to great effect by timeshare companies. It
sounds like a great deal. You get free airfare and hotel for 2 or 3
days, and all you have to do is go to some short meetings. What they
don't tell you is that the "short" meetings are 4 hours or longer, and

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they are going to hammer you until you buy a timeshare you don't
want or need. Pass on these deals, unless you like vacation torture.




         Scam To Avoid #3 - Duty Free Shops




Duty free doesn't always mean good deal

Duty free shops offer products, such as jewelry, alcohol and tobacco.
They sell these without taxes, duties, surcharges or tariffs. Sounds
like a great deal. What they don't tell you is the prices can be inflated
quite a bit. So make sure that even though you don't have any taxes
on your purchases, the total isn't more than you would pay elsewhere.




      Scam To Avoid #4 - Airline Travel Agency



Watch out for tricky agencies



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If you see an ad for an airline travel agency that says something like
"we will offer you the lowest applicable fare", beware. "Lowest
applicable fare" is really code for MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested
Retail Price). In other words they are selling you regular price airfare
with a fancy name.




     Scam To Avoid #5 - Rising Weekend Prices




Beware airline test pricing on the weekends

Airlines sometimes will test higher prices Friday night to Sunday night.
They do this to see if any of the competing airlines will raise their
prices also. They will usually return to their lower prices on Monday if
no other airline follows suit. If you book your travel on the weekend,
you may fall victim to this trick. In the "Insider Secrets" section I will
reveal to you the best day to book your flights.




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          Scam To Avoid #6 - Airline Websites




Airline website trickery

Airline websites can be tricky places. Sometimes they can be the best
place to get a deal, and sometimes they almost hide the best deals
from you. Special fares may appear as ads or banners on the airline
site, and you may need to check the site at different times of the day.
When doing searches on airline sites, change the variables of your
search several times, to make sure a good deal is not hiding from you.
Vary the departure and arrival times and other search parameters, and
always pay attention to any special ad that is presented.




   Scam To Avoid #7 - Dealing With The Airlines



How to wheel and deal when you call the airline

When calling the airlines to book a flight, never take the first deal they
offer you, that is just a starting point. Say what the famous
statesman and negotiator Henry Kissinger would say, "That's not good
enough". Trust me, I did this for nine years. They work on


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commission, or get bonuses, so the first deal they offer you will not be
the best.




          Scam To Avoid #8 - Hidden Charges




Watch out for hidden charges

Sometimes a fare will seem almost too good, just make sure the fare
sale you are seeing includes all applicable taxes, fees and surcharges.
Often times the airfare price is not the whole story. Also check the
fine print at the web site where you choose to reserve your flights.
Are there fees for processing, handling, delivery, change fees, etc.?
Most of these you may never see, until you have a problem, and need
to refund or change your ticket.




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        Scam To Avoid #9 - Unsold Seats Myth



There's no such thing as a free ticket

It is a pretty common myth that unsold airline tickets go to
consolidators and are practically given away. In reality, airlines raise
the price of tickets as the time gets closer to the flight. Airlines aren't
going to give away tickets, since they incur extra cost for each
passenger that flys.




       Scam To Avoid #10 - Hurricane Warning




Beware of hurricane season fire sales

Watch out for cheap fares to great Caribbean destinations, or South
Pacific areas during storm season. There is probably a reason the fare
is lower. There is a chance your trip could be ruined or even canceled
due to a cyclone, typhoon or hurricane. Keep this in mind when
booking flights for the storm season in areas affected by tropical
storms.




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        Insider Secrets


This section will reveal to you some of the deepest and darkest secrets
of the airlines. These secret techniques can help save you tons of cash
on your flights. Most of this information, I am ashamed to say, I
learned while working for the airline. This information is not used by
most people, and is usually only known by those deep inside of the
travel industry.




 Insider Secret #1 - Watch Out For Falling Prices




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Take advantage of falling prices

If you find that the price for your ticket goes down after you have
already purchased it, give the airline a call immediately. They should
give you a refund for the difference, although some airlines may give
you a voucher instead. Airlines literally make millions of dollars year
off of people who don't call after the price for their ticket goes down.




  Insider Secret #2 - You Have To Ask For a Deal

You have to ask to receive

When calling the airline, you have to ask about the specials. The
airline ticketing agent is not going to immediately offer you the best
deal. You have to ask what specials they are currently offering. They
run specials in ads, so people will call. If you have already called
without mentioning a special, there is no reason to offer you a special.




   Insider Secret #3 - Special Travel Agent Deals




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What to say to a travel agent

If your choices are between using a travel agent, or calling the airline,
go with a travel agent. They will most likely have access to some
exclusive rates that you may not be able to get by calling the airline.
To get the travel agent to get you a good deal, ask them this
important question, "do you have any discount tickets from x to y".
This will get you a decent answer, since they know exactly where you
want to fly and that you are looking for a good deal. This also stops
them from looking for first class tickets just to pad their commission.




    Insider Secret #4 - Heavy Price Competition

Follow the wave of price drops for your route

If you start watching airfares long enough ahead of time for your trip,
you will start to notice patterns. The prices will fluctuate, but you may
notice that airfares at competing airlines seem to fall like dominoes,
when one of them drops a price on a route. Always wait a bit after the
first airline drops the price for a route, as the other airlines may drop
even farther, and you might be able to snag a sweet deal. This trick
works best at airports where there are a lot of airlines competing for
the same routes.




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  Insider Secret #5 - Always Check Multiple Sites




Every site is not created equal

When searching online, it is best to check multiple third party booking
sites, such as Travelocity®, Expedia®, etc.. Every site may have
exclusive deals worked out with the airlines for specific routes.
Checking multiple discount sites will ensure that you don't miss out on
a great deal that is only available from one website.




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   Insider Secret #6 - The Optimal Search Order




The search sequence that can save you big time

Using this special search sequence will help you to zero in on a great
deal for your flight.

1)Check third party booking sites, such as Travelocity®, Expedia®
  and others.
2)Check individual airline sites
3)Call a local travel agent

After you have determined the lowest price from these three sources,
head on over to Priceline.com®, and make a bid about 20% less than
the lowest price you found. If that bid is not accepted, you can rebid
at 15% and 10% less. If you still don't win, go with the cheapest
source of the three you originally searched. Tickets purchased using
Priceline® have restrictions that you might not have when buying
from another source, so you want to get a good deal if you are going
to use them. This methodology will help you get the most out of your
travel budget.




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    Insider Secret #7 - Let The Cookies Crumble




Clean up your cookies

An interesting trick that would drive the Internet department crazy at
every airline is the browser cookie trick. When you visit a website,
you are tracked using a cookie, which is a small file the site puts on
your computer. The site then uses this tracking information to present
different offers to you. By clearing out the cookies in your browser,
you may actually see different special offers when you visit an airlines
site. If you aren't sure how to clear your cookies visit this site for
instructions http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-
Cookies




    Insider Secret #8 - Good Computer Glitches

Save big when computers get scrambled

It sounds almost too good to be true, a computer glitch that makes
your flight dirt cheap. It can and does happen, more than you
probably know. Many times databases get corrupted or data entry
gets scrambled. Sometimes it is a hardware issue, others times it is

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simple human error. One time the price will be 10 times as much,
other times it will be 1/10th the price.

So how can you take advantage of one of these great deals? Usually
by the time you here about these glitches on the news, the airline has
fixed the problem. So you need to find out faster, and the best way is
through internet message boards, specifically
http://www.flyertalk.com Other than blind luck, this is the best
resource for finding out about computer glitch prices before they are
gone for good.




    Insider Secret #9 - The Secret Time to Book




Book your flight right after the new fares come out

The secret day and time to book your flight is based on the timezone
of the airlines headquarters. You can easily find where the companies
headquarters are located on their main web page. You want to book
your flight in the afternoon (around 2pm in the timezone of the airline
headquarters) on Tuesday. This will let you take advantage of the
latest deals the airline will be offering, before they are gone. You
should have a good idea of how the route you need is normally priced,
so you can figure out how much of a deal you would be getting.




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        Insider Secret #10 - Which Desk Is Best




Change your ticket at a gate desk

If you need to change your ticket, don't wait in line forever at the front
desk. Instead go to the gate, and change the ticket there. They
should have the facilities to process your change, without you having
to wait in a huge line. This works great during busy times at the
airport, when the lines at the front desk snake through the airport.




   Insider Secret #11 - Don't Forget To Complain




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Complain your way to the bank

Even if it is not in your nature to complain, it can help you save some
serious money. The airline industry is extremely competitive, and
companies are usually very sensitive to complaints. You can receive
refunds, discounts or vouchers, if you have a legitimate gripe. Never
let something slide with the airline, if you have a problem, even if
relatively minor, be sure to bring it up. Just make sure it is a real
problem, and not a dishonest claim, and you could cash in on your
complaints.




   Insider Secret #12 - Combining Multiple Sales
                         Trick

Gang up on the airlines

Sometimes no one airline has a great deal for the flights you need, but
there is nothing that prevents you from combining sales from more
than one airline. Say you need to fly from city A to city C, with a
connection through city B. You may find that airline 1 has a great
round trip price from city A to city B, but not from city A to city C. You
may find that another airline has a great fare from City B to City C. In
this case you could buy two sets of round trip tickets, one from each
airline.

In this way you could save over buying the whole trip through one
airline. This works great when the major airline at your origination
airport does not service your destination airport with very many
flights, if at all. You use an airline that has more service to your
destination for the second part of your route, and save big time.




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   Insider Secret #13 - Round Trip Round Robin




Save big on recurring flights

If you have a job, or go to school or training in another city than your
home, this trick can save you serious money. Usually you will be
flying out Monday, and returning Friday, which is the most expensive
ways to fly. But, if you buy round trip tickets, that stay over a
weekend, you can save big time. Here's how it works.

Normal: Expensive way
Monday Week 1 = Flight A depart from home
Friday Week 1 = Flight A return from other city
Monday Week 2 = Flight B depart from home
Friday Week 2 = Flight B return from other city

Round Trip Round Robin: Cheap way
Monday Week 1 = Flight A depart from home
Friday Week 1 = Flight B return from other city
Monday Week 2 = Flight B depart from home
Friday Week 2 = Flight A return from other city

So basically you will buy a round trip from your home to the other city,
and another round trip in the opposite direction. And since both flights
will stay over a weekend, you can save some serious cash.




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      Insider Secret #14 - Thank Goodness For
                      Thanksgiving




Save big by flying on Thanksgiving

The Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, along with the Sunday
and Monday after Thanksgiving are the busiest travel days of the year.
But what most people don't know, is that it is very inexpensive to fly
on Thanksgiving Day. If money is a major consideration in your
holiday travel, you could fly out on Thanksgiving, and return Tuesday,
thus missing the rush. The turkey will taste just as good on Friday,
rather than Thursday.




    Insider Secret #15 - New Routes, New Deals




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Save big when a new airline comes to town

When a new airline begins service in a new city, they may offer some
huge discounts to get the word out. Often you will see the new airline
advertised all over the place. Pay attention to the ads in the local
media. You can always call both the new airline, and the old ones, and
see which one will give you the best deal.




      Insider Secret #16 - Drop-Off Flying Trick

Save big by dropping out early

Sometimes you may find that a ticket to your destination may be more
expensive than a ticket to another destination, which connects through
your chosen destination. In this case you can use the little known
technique of Drop-Off Flying. Basically you will buy the flight that
connects through your desired destination, and simply drop-off at the
connection, and not continue on. This only works if you have carry on
baggage, as checked baggage would continue on to the flights final
destination.

        Insider Secret #17 - Skip-It Flying Trick

When round-trip is cheaper than one-way

Sometimes you only need to fly one-way for whatever reason. In
these cases, you may find that the one-way price is more than a
round-trip ticket. If you come across this in your airfare search, keep
in mind that you can always use "Skip-It flying". Basically you fly one
half of your round trip, and skip the other half.




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      Insider Secret #18 - Fly For Free, For Real

Be a travel companion

There are many wealthy travelers worldwide who do not like to fly by
themselves, and are looking for people willing to fly along with them
as a companion, expenses paid of course. You can search these
message boards to try to make a connection, just make sure you be
careful, and make sure an offer for companionship is legit before
committing.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?ForumID=3

http://www.etravel.org/forum/topic?forumtopicid=4

http://www.travelblog.org/Forum/15-1/




      Insider Secret #19 - New Resort Bonanza




Fly for free and stay in a new hotel

If a new resort opens in a big vacation spot, they may offer discounted
or free airfare to bring in new customers. Just make sure that it is not
a timeshare presentation in disguise. This occurs a lot in Las Vegas,

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when a new property opens, and they want to get people in the casino
as fast as possible.




  Insider Secret #20 - How To Avoid Unfair Taxes

If you're flying out of or returning from the US, don't pay this tax

There is a Federal 8% tax on every flight in the United States that
takes off and lands in the USA. If you are flying out of the United
States to another country, but have a connecting flight within the
United States, you are more than likely being charged the 8% tax for
the portion of your flight in the US. If this is the case for you, call the
airline, and demand the 8% tax be removed from that leg of your trip,
as the law does not apply if your final destination is outside of the
USA. This tip can help you save a lot on an already expensive
overseas flight.

Insider Secret #21 - International Site Price Check




Check international versions of travel sites

Whenever flying internationally, always check prices for your flights
both on the discount sites for your country, and the discount site in
your destination city. The prices may be wildly different, so it can
really pay to check. Most big discount sites will have links at the
bottom of their pages to the various international versions of their

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sites. Just be sure to consider any fees you may have to pay for
buying your airfare in another currency.




       Insider Secret #22 - Air Pass Super Deal

See the USA without breaking the bank

The “Visit USA Air Pass” programs available for most major North
American carriers are a great way for an international visit to the USA.
These passes must be purchased before entering the United States.
These passes can save you a lot of money when visiting the United
States or North America. For more information, call your favorite
North American airline, or use the links below.

http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/specials/traveldiscountprogra
ms/vusa.aspx

Insider Secret #23 - One-Way International Travel
                        Trick




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Round-trip not always ideal for International flights

When traveling great distances, through or to several countries, a
round-trip ticket may not be your best option. A dirty little secret
about international travel is that one-way fares may be the better
option when flying around the globe. This is especially true when
flying from one region of the world to another, and then on to a
location with out major international service.

Always explore different airlines for different legs of your trips, and
price fares going through different major international cities. You will
be surprised by the wide variance in prices that seemingly defies logic.
If you shop around enough, you will find a good deal.




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  Insider Secret #24 - Frequent Flying Like A Pro

Learn the tricks of this crooked game

Frequent flyer programs are some of the trickiest rewards programs
known to man. The airlines attach a seemingly infinite amount of
rules to these programs, all of which they can change at a moments
notice. There are horror stories of people loyally collecting miles for
decades, only to have them become worthless in an instant by some
insane rule, and all done so the airline can not lose any money.

Your only hope is to learn where all the pitfalls are, and what to do
when the airlines start to jerk you around. There is one absolute best
resource available for learning about frequent flyer programs, and how
to take advantage of them. The message boards at
http://www.flyertalk.com is your best friend in dealing with any
frequent flyer program. Any question you have is already answered
there, and if it isn't just post your question, and you will get excellent
responses that will guide you in dealing with the airlines.




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   Insider Secret #25 - What To Do If You Miss a
                         Flight




The flat tire rule

A lot of people don't know that if you are late for your flight, you still
may be able to fly out on the next flight with the airline. This rule is
called the "flat tire rule", but it has never been official policy. Some
airlines have stopped helping customers in this situation, but by using
these techniques, you may be able to convince the airline to help you
out.

One, call the airline at their airport number as soon as you know you
are going to miss the flight. They may be courteous enough to help
you right over the phone, especially if the flight is overbooked.
Secondly, if they promise to get you on another flight when you reach
the desk, get it in writing, don't take their word for it. Lastly, appeal
to their sense of human decency. Even if you are having a horrible
ordeal, be nice when you talk to them, and make it seem like they are
doing you a real favor. People like to help when they feel good about
it, not when the feel coerced by a raving lunatic.




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  Insider Secret #26 - Custom Connecting Flights
                         Trick

Make your own connecting flight

Normally the airlines will only show you routes with connecting flights
with at least 45 minutes in between flights. This is to give you and
them enough time to make the next flight. If you are traveling light
(only carry-on), you can make your own connecting flights, just search
for fares from city to city with at least 20 minutes in between, so you
won't miss your next flight. Also try to get to your connecting city as
early as possible in the morning, so there is less chance of delays.
This trick is not recommended for large groups, or people with extra
baggage.




    Insider Secret #27 - Overbooked Flights Fun

If you get bumped, get a deal

It be a nightmare if you need to make your flight for a very important
meeting or vacation, but if you want to save money, getting bumped
off a flight can be a gold mine. When you get bumped off of an
overbooked flight, you have the airline right where you want them.
You can ask for vouchers, discounts, meals and hotel stays, depending
on when the next flight is available. Make sure you get as much out of
being bumped as possible. Never take their first offer, always say
"That's not good enough". The best time to try this trick is Monday
through Friday, 8 AM to 9 AM and 5 PM to 6 PM.




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 Insider Secret #28 - How To Get Non-Refundable
                  Tickets Refunded




The one time you actually want to get jury duty

If you find yourself with non-refundable tickets that you are not going
to be able to use, these tricks can help you get a refund. The airlines
will generally refund your tickets if you are called up for jury duty.
Often times courts have a hard time getting people to show up, but if
you go to your local courthouse, they may let you volunteer for jury
duty. This will provide you with the proof you need to get out of your
non-refundable ticket.




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   Insider Secret #29 - Get An On-Hold Discount




Make them pay for making you wait

If you call an airline to book your flight during peak hours, you may
have a very long wait until you get to speak with a representative,
especially on Monday mornings. You should keep track of the amount
of time you spend on hold, and when you finally do get to speak with
the agent, tell them how long you have been waiting. Then ask them
if they can offer you a small discount, usually around 5%, for hanging
on the line so long.

Make it clear that you consider your wait a sign of the service you can
expect from them, and that you are willing to walk away if they can't
help you. This could save you a lot of money on an expensive flight,
so its worth a try, the worst they can do is say no.




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        Insider Secret #30 - Combos Warning



Make sure your combo deal is actually a deal

If you are looking at booking a complete trip with a combo deal, you
need to do your homework, and double check that you can't get better
deals individually. Combo deals are good when the alternative doesn't
save any money. They will usually average at about a 5% savings,
which doesn't seem like a lot, unless you are booking a popular
destination at a peak time of year.




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                    Specific Situations
This section provides extremely useful tips for people traveling under
special circumstances. Even if one of these situations doesn't apply to
you now, it may one day to you or someone you know, so it may be
helpful to review this section.




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                      Bereavement Fares

Bereavement Fares, or sympathy fares as the are sometimes now, are
designed to help you in your time of loss. These fares can be 50% of
normal last minute fares, and may require proof to take advantage of.
Always double check, in case the sympathy fare is not better than
another deal you might be able to easily find.




                         Senior Citizens




Its very unfortunate, but these days, senior discounts are gone with
the wind. When the airlines ran into trouble, these discounts were
some of the first perks to go. But don't lose hope, there are still times
when the airlines may offer a 5% discount (every bit counts). Also, if
you belong to AARP or another organization, you may be able to get a
discount. Just make sure that your discounted airfare is not more
expensive than another deal you might be able to get.




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                      University Students




University and College Students can check
http://www.studentuniverse.com for cheaper flights. The university
you attend may also have a discount or affiliation with a particular
airline, so ask around. You will be required to get an ISIC or
International Student Identification Card. You can get more
information at http://www.isic.org




                       University Faculty

Faculty members of colleges and universities may be able to access
discount rates through an affiliation their institution has. This could be
a valuable benefit of working for your university or college.




                   Small Business Owners

If you are small business owner, and you want to attend a conference,
convention or seminar, you may be able to get a special rate. Ask the
organizers of the event if they have any special arrangements with a
particular airline. Just be careful, because the airlines charge business
travelers(those traveling for a major corporation) much higher rates
than regular people. You may be able to get a cheaper fare through
other means.

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                               Clergy




About the same time Senior Discounts went away, so did special
Clergy fares. It's very unfortunate, but religious men and women are
no longer given any special consideration. Any place that still
promotes Clergy fares has obviously not tried to obtain one in the last
15 years.




                              Military

Active duty military and retired military have access to the military
Space A program. This program allows you to fly for free on a military
plane, as long as there is space available. For more information, see
http://www.militaryhops.com




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                                 Family




If you are traveling with family, which can be two people or more, call
the airline and ask for a family travel package. The more people in
your group, the better fares you may be able to negotiate. The group
rate for your tickets will be significantly less than buying individual
tickets.




                    Traveling With Children

The airlines used to offer infant tickets, where an infant could be
carried by its parent for free. This is not offered much anymore, but
many airlines still do offer lap child/infant tickets that can be as little
as 10% of a normal adult fare. For children 2-12 that need their own
seat, some airlines will charge full price, while others may offer a
discount of up to 50% off the normal adult fare. So ask the airlines
how much it will cost for your children to fly, and use the discount (or
lack of) when deciding which airline to use.

If you do fly with your young children in their own seats, you may feel
a little better if you bring along this handy portable car seat. It could
really help make your child feel more comfortable and more safe. If
you need to rent a car at your destination, this seat could pay for itself
after a few uses, as many rental places may charge up to $10 for a car
seat. Go-Go Kidz Travelmate




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                       Last Minute Travel

If you do have to fly last minute, do not call the airline. They will
assume you are a business person, and of course they will charge a
very high rate. The best thing to try to do in this situation, is to sign
up for the airline's newsletters, and try to find a last minute sale. Also
poke around various third-party travel sites looking for last minute
deals. Avoid paying the steep, last minute fare until you have
exhausted all resources.




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                          Conclusion
Flying can be the most costly part of your trip, but when you use my
insider secrets, it doesn't have to be. You too can get a great deal. As
you can see there are many ways you can save money when reserving
airfare. I hope you found this information useful and easy to
understand. Now have fun traveling, and saving money at the same
time.




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