You have your vacation planned out. You know where you’re going, when you’re going, what hotel you’re staying at, and when you have to forsake the relaxation of your vacation and return home. The only problem? Finding cheap airfare deals without spending a fortune.

Luckily, there are several ways you can do this.

1. Use the Internet

Airlines and travel companies often offer discounts on the internet. It’s also the easiest way to search for the cheapest airfare, because you can use search engine and airfare comparison websites to see which airline offers the best deals. With a little research, you can even see the differences in pricing over time and on different dates and easily compare fares. Also, more sites online are starting to offer package deals, which could help you save time, hassle, and money.

2. Change Flight Times

When searching for cheap airfare, try looking at different times of the day and week, if possible. Peak hours in the middle of the day are often the most expensive times to fly, as are Friday through Sunday, as many business travelers fly on those days.

3. Book in Advance… or Late

Many airlines increase the price as the date of the flight draws nearer, but a few days before the departure date, will offer last-minute discounts to fill as many seats as possible. If you’re looking to fly cheaply and don’t mind the possibility of waiting longer to find discounts and flying with very little notice, book late. Otherwise, book the tickets as early as possible.

4. Try a Travel Agent

If you’re determined to find the best deals on airfare, try consulting a travel agent. They have industry contacts and sometimes can find discounted airfares that you never would have. It’s their job, after all!

With these techniques, you can find cheap airfare and enjoy your vacation without breaking the bank.

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