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Finding the best airline travel deals

We all hear some pretty weird stories about how airlines load people these days. Most recently, I heard about an airline that is considering accommodating its passengers and pricing their tickets accordingly. These are pretty drastic things in my book, but then, maybe that's justified. In any case, booking a plane ticket can become a very expensive proposition.

But as airline customers, we have a way to fight. And what I mean when I fight is shopping smart and saving money. Whether you are traveling for work or for personal reasons, there is no excuse for not being able to find the best airline travel deals. The simple question is to know where to look and then to actually do your homework by searching for the best airline tickets. It is not difficult at all and in my opinion it is worth the effort.

I personally like to use the internet to shop and compare airline travel deals. There are literally dozens and dozens of websites that are not independent of the airlines and therefore not considered as such. This means that it is in their interest to show you the best available airline tickets.

Some of these websites may be a little disturbing at first, but you will soon find that they are actually quite easy to navigate. They can actually be quite enjoyable after hooking them up. I see travel websites as treasure maps and it is up to me to find the treasure, which in this case is an exclusive airline travel deal.

What you'll find is that these travel sites usually offer much more than just airline tickets and information. Many offer package deals that include hotels, rental cars, and visits to attractions such as theme parks and museums. It actually makes perfect sense, doesn't it? The bottom line is that you can get great airline tickets as part of a package deal.

Another great alternative is to book last-minute flight reservations. Usually, to find the best deals, you need to book your flight in advance. But the little known secret is that if you are flexible enough and able to travel at the last minute, there are some great deals. Airlines facing last-minute cancellations will pay for their tickets, not for those seats to be emptied, and for the airline to make no money.

If you find a great deal of cheap last-minute flights, then you should be ready to travel at odd times. Typically, what happens is that airlines have most of the empty seats during their red-eye flights. But for my money, traveling in the weird hours of the morning and night is a disadvantage that is more than offset by the savings from airfare.

I personally had great success and saved a lot of money by doing comparative shopping online and taking advantage of those great airline travel deals available. They are there, believe me, you just have to know where to look.