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com says the annual round-trip fare will be $431 this year, an improvement of 2.6 per cent over last year. He does his best to outperform the system by joining in foreign towns, fly outside business hour and take advantages of the selling often available when an air carrier announces a new departure.
Below are some hints from Miller and other experienced travellers on how to fight inflation. Travellers must leave belatedly on Friday evening or any time on Saturday and return Monday or Tuesday. Another plus: week-end excursions help conserve valuable holidays. Airline companies are trying to experiment with selling on Twitter. JetBlue, which twitters the sale of last-second fares and holiday packages from (at)JetBlueCheeps, is in the foreground.
The JetBlue recently twittered a ticket at 3:16 pm; it ended at 6:00 pm. Airlines are announcing specific ticket deals for those who "like" their Facebook pages and pages like AirfareWatchdog are offering ticketing alarm e-mails (airfarewatchdog.com/fare-alerts/). The ITA Software flight price finder (matrix.itasoftware.com) offers a best value tariff calender. Simply type in the start and end locations - you can even add nearest airport - and then how many night you want to be there.
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For example, instead of traveling from Boston to Honolulu, it might be much less expensive to buy two tickets separately - the first between Boston and Houston and the second from there to Hawaii. "Saving $1,000 per pair and getting two towns for less than the cost of one town is child's play," says Georgia Hobica, AirfareWatchdog founding partner.