VisitTampaBaySo i been doing a bit of travel here lately and its always a headache for me when I have to start shopping online for the best rate with regards to airfare.

Historically, I have always been a big fan of Southwest Airlines, as I am always able to find the best rate on their website, plus I like the open seating policy on their flights. As much as I love them though, they are not always the cheapest option.

I may be blessed with riches in the form of good looks and great personality, but even Jerm has to watch how he spends his pennies these days, so I exhaust every option when searching for flights online. 

I always have a few other airlines in mind when booking travel as I try not to really committ myself to one brand.  Southwest, Airtran, Delta, and Continental are the only ones I have ever flown, so I have used the Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia type websites to give me options as well as make sure that I got the best rate. 

I have heard good things about Kayak, and have used Farecast also to book flights.  Farecast is cool becuase it has an algorythm that can predict when fares are going to increase, stay steady, or drop.

So now that you have options, here are some of the tips that always help me find good flights:
  • Book early.  Normally I am a procrastinator, but when it comes to airfare, I always try and book at least a week out from the trip.
  • Use the flexible dates options.  It may be cost efficient to fly early in the morning the next day as opposed to that evening flight.
  • Instead of booking round trip, try booking two one way flights to and from your destination.  I know it sounds crazy, but I have actaully saved money doing that one before. 
  • Shop around!  Use all the sites I mentioned above, plus try and find a few more.  There is always a deal out there to be had somewhere!
Got any insight or other ways to get cheap travel?  Drop a line and let me know.