Six free money-saving tips to booking airline tickets

Booking travel is so easy to do, yet all too often we wind up spending more than we wanted.

1. Take Last Minute Trips
Airlines are known to cut prices when they can’t fill planes for an upcoming weekend. On Tuesday, they’ll e-mail offers for the coming weekend or following one to fliers who signed up for alerts. Book at 3 p.m. E.S.T. for best buys.

2. Leave On A Wednesday
It’s the cheapest day to do it, according to, especially for domestic travel.

3. Become a Frequent Flier
Sign up for an airline’s frequent-flier program or use a credit card that is tied to the airline. You’ll earn valuable points and rewards for your loyalty.

4. Fly Out Early
The first flight of the morning is usually the lowest cost, followed by flight times during or after lunch or around dinner time.

5. Book Six Weeks In Advance
The best time to purchase your airfare is about six weeks prior to travel. Around this time, prices drop below the average fare.

6. Be Flexible
Try adding a couple of days to your trip before or after peak travel days to lower the fare