6. "Code share" When you find a flight, ask an agent if it is a "code-share" flight. That means the same flight is offered by two different airlines. Copy down the name of the other airline and check into what they are charging. Only one of the airlines will be operating the flight. The actual operator always offers this flight for less, so book with them.
7. Frequent flyer schemes Several airlines offer frequent flyer programs as a reward for flying with their airline. Go to the airline's website which you are interested in joining and go to their frequent flyer section. Simply enter your details and you will be issued with your personal number. Then, whenever you book a flight online or through an agent always mention your frequent flyer number so that the reward miles can be credited to your account. This is beneficial for regular travelers.
Many airline-linked credit cards offer you free return trips as an incentive if you successfully apply for a card. So buy something that you would normally buy and pay in full when you get your statement.
8. One-stop shop Avoid the middleman. If you find a flight through an online comparison site, put the flight details into the airline's own website. Booking directly through the airline will quite often save you up to $23. Budget airlines aren't always cheapest, you will always get the cheapest fare direct from these airlines own websites, as almost all other ways of booking will charge a service fee.
9. Charter/no frills/standby flights Charter flights are provided by package holiday companies to transport their passengers. If you're going to a traditional package holiday destination, you may be able to find one super-cheap. As the operator books the whole plane, there's occasionally spare seats, which they can offer very cheaply to flight-only customers. It's worth going direct to charter airlines and asking them for top last-minute charter deals although local travel agents can often beat them.
No-frills or budget airline tickets have to be booked directly via the airline's website. They offer no extras such as entertainment or assigned seating but the cost can be as low as $20, depending on your destination.
Standby fares are suitable if you're flying off-season and a reasonable option if you can wait around until a seat becomes available. High season is a bad time to fly standby because most airlines overbook flights, making it difficult to find a spare seat.
10. Flexibility Vary the airports you arrive and depart from. Check at least three different departure points to the same destination. Check those airports which are in close proximity to your initial departure point and check the prices. Budget airlines often use smaller, less busy airports to fly from and to. Likewise for the destination you are planning to travel to, check secondary airports to the initial destination you plan to go to. Prices differ between airports in the same area.
Traveling through the night and midweek will be cheaper and there will be no weekend supplement. If you fly before June and after August fares drop sharply - typically by $313 a head.
The sale price on an airline ticket is not always the lowest price available. You may be able to find a lower price on a non-sale ticket from another airline. Budget airlines aren't always cheapest, so use a screen-scraping comparison site where your trip details are zipped to scores of budget airlines, normal airlines and brokers, to find the cheapest quote.
Low-cost airlines often announce flight sales that offer cheaper flight deals on selected dates. People with flexible travel dates and destinations tend to scoop up the best bargains. They're willing to fly any carrier at any time from any airport in their area.
Call the airlines between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday to Friday to get cheaper tickets. Most people are unaware that at midnight, airline agents revise and load new fares into their computers. The best fares are just after they have done the updating.
According to various travel agents, the best time to book is 11 months before you're due to travel. The flights have just been released and there are plenty of cheaper seats available.
Remember - Whatever ticket price you're quoted, make sure it includes any extra charges. They can bump up a ticket price by $100 or more. Some ads for low fares don't include taxes, fees etc.