One of the very best things you can do when traveling is to do your research. I can’t tell you how many times I would have done my research and done the reservation and had the flight taken from the airline I was using not to crash and burn. Not only did I not save money, but I would have had no idea what I was getting myself into. When I say “research”, I am not just talking about researching the airlines and reservations but I am also talking specifically about looking up every issue you can find and finding out if what you are researching is even possible. This can get really in depth and sometimes it might take weeks or even months to find out everything you can. But for the most part, it is possible to get cheap flights.
One of the very best places to start when researching is to check out the competition. There are a few basic things you want to look for when doing this. Obviously the prices of flights. If there are a lot of flights out there then you can assume that competition means you can get a good deal.
You also want to look for if the competition is a discount airline or not. As a general rule of thumb you want to go for the smaller airlines since they tend to be cheaper. Airlines like Spirit, Southwest and JetBlue are good examples of the smaller airlines. Airlines that are not so much smaller tend to be so they can offer cheaper tickets. Look up reviews online also. This is really the best place to start. You can read so many horrible stories of people that were able to save a lot of money on a flight that had to be canceled and that caused them to lose their entire vacation. These are stories that are sure to make you smile. The travel industry really has your best interest in mind since airlines really do want you to have a great trip.