If you're thinking of jetting away on vacation this summer, it could get expensive. But that doesn't mean you have to stay at home. Travel site Kayak says the average domestic flight this season will cost almost 450 dollars -- up almost five percent from last year.
So how do you know if you're getting a good deal? Travel site FareCompare says if you're flying less than 500 miles this summer -- aim for anything under $150 roundtrip. Deals around $200 are best for flights between 500 and 1000 miles.And if you're flying more than 15-hundred miles -- anything less than $340 is a deal.
But if you can't find fares that low-- try using frequent flier miles. Brian Kelly, also known as The Points Guy, says if your airline isn't showing any available flights, always check their partners. "The biggest thing that people get tripped up with airlines is that you log on to see what's available and nothing is available,," says Kelly, "but what most airlines don't tell you is that most of their partners don't show online." So if you have a United Airlines frequent flier number, look into redeeming your miles with U-S Airways or Air Canada.
Farecompare says Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually the cheapest days to fly. Check prices on Tuesday afternoons-- flights often go on sale late Monday and other airlines will match that price. And finally -- even if a small airport is closer to you, don't write off big hub airports -- they're often cheaper.
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