Air Bargains Still There, But More Hunting Needed

Flexibility in schedule, destination seen as key to finding cheap travel
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 10:31 PM CDT
"With a backdrop of a slowing economy, I continue to look for a tipping point where domestic air travelers begin to significantly push back on record high airline ticket prices," one analyst said.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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(Newser) – It’s no secret that airline ticket costs are up—18% on average from last year. But, the Los Angeles Times reports, deals are still there, if you’re wiling to hunt for them. Limited-time online bargains can provide cheap fares, and many travelers are searching smaller airlines’ websites for deals they can’t afford to promote on Orbitz or Expedia.

"This is just a crazy summer. There are no absolutes," said a rep for a travel search website. "You have to look around, and it's really important to be flexible and look at all the dates."