If you're traveling to Europe, we've already got you covered — bring us back a souvenir, yes? But if you're planning on traveling stateside this year, and have thought to yourself while perusing airfares that you might as well be going to Europe for these ruthless prices, take note.
- Wired has the low-down on why you shouldn't spend your weekends hunting for a good deal: "Never buy tickets between Friday and Monday morning. Why? Airlines file fare increases on Thursday evenings and watch over the weekend to see if all of their competitors match the price bumps. If they don't, the carriers roll back prices by Monday afternoon."
- Don't start your fare search too early or too late. With the exception of holiday traveling, it's best to start researching cheap seats four months before departure.
- Airfare sales usually happen early in the week, while increases are usually put into place at the end of the week. Because there's no magic day when the best prices occur, it's best to sign up for email price alerts on all of the travel sites that you use.