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10 Cost-effective Ways to Shop for a Vacation

Shop Your Airfare

There are a number of ways to save on airfare these days, and that's a good thing. If you plan on flying to your destination, the cost of getting from here to there is likely to be the single largest expense of your trip. Internet sites like TravelZoo and Expedia will help you compare ticket prices and suss out good bargains, but using a couple of common sense cost-cutting strategies will benefit you, too. Booking your flight ahead of time will net you a better price: 60 days in advance or more isn't too soon. The airlines are in the business of filling seats, and if you fly on less popular travel days, you'll save. The airlines consider these off-peak times, and they include Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

While you're shopping online, you should also consider the time you book your reservation. It may seem peculiar (and a bit sneaky), but travel sites alter their deals slightly based on time of day or the day of the week. Log on and check the deals more than once to make sure you're getting the best bargain out there.