Tips for finding cheap flights

Flying on a Wednesday may be your best bet

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Travel during off-peak times

Two of the slowest periods for air travel are Dec. 1 to Dec. 14 and then Jan. 4 to Feb. 15.

Fly on slow days

Planes tend to have the most empty seats on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Do a flexible date search

Sites like ITA Software and Cheapair.com let travellers pull up a calendar with the cheapest days to fly between two airports.

Consider nearby airports

Driving an extra 50 miles might save $100 per person.

Look for routes flown by Frontier, Southwest and Spirit

Other airlines are matching or beating their fares.

Take advantage of the 24-hour rule

Passengers have 24 hours after buying a ticket to get a full refund. The day after booking a flight, check back to see if fares have fallen. Cancel and rebook at the lower price.

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