• Fly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday if possible, as these days are typically the cheapest days to fly.

  • Include a Saturday-night stay if possible. Usually, the lowest fare is available only if you include a Saturday-night stay in your itinerary.

  • Fly on the same airline for all legs of your trip to take advantage of any round-trip or connecting fare discounts.

  • Buy your tickets at least 14, preferably 21, days in advance to take advantage of advance-purchase discounts. For travel at peak travel periods, such as holidays, buy even earlier, as the cheaper seats tend to sell out quickly.

  • Consider using alternative airports. Sometimes you can lower your fare by flying out of and into less busy airports that may be located near your first-choice airports. For example, if your departure or destination point is San Francisco, you may be able to save money by using the Oakland or San Jose airport.

  • Be flexible, if possible, with flight times. Early morning flights and non-direct flights (those including layovers or connections) are often less expensive.

  • Be sure to select at least 10 or 15 for the number of flight options to be displayed on the reservations form, especially when viewing international flights.