Research All Options When Booking Airfare
Use rome2rio.com to find out the fastest way to get there. If flying makes sense, find out if you can use your miles (unless the ticket is cheaper than what you spent to earn those miles). Check out all the best bargain flight sites. Later this month, Groupon launches its partnership with Expedia—Groupon Getaways—so add that to your list.
If you’re flying into a city that is not a major hub and has higher ticket prices, take advantage of “hidden-city ticketing.” This means searching for fares to a more popular (and cheaper) destination that might stop over in your target city—i.e. search for Houston instead of Memphis, or Los Angeles instead of Salt Lake City. If you get off the flight during the layover, the airline won’t notice. Just be sure to do two things: 1. Book a one-way for each leg, because otherwise, the airline will cancel your return flight, and 2. (duh) Don’t check your luggage. It will end up far away from where you’ll be!