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Recommendations for Cheap International Air Fare
Michalis 'BIG Mike' Kotzakolios

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Traveling to another country is seen by many as a dream. Visions of another land are often at the forefront of the mind. Yet, a little, nagging detail mars this pristine outlook – the price of the trip. How then does one try to eliminate this inconvenience and find cheap international air fare?
It has to be remembered that cheap air fare is a subjective concept. What sounds cheap to someone may not be the case for another. Still, all agree that a good “deal” can, and has to, be found as a compromise.
It pays in such cases to get as many quotes as possible. Prices change almost every minute, and different booking places have access to different deals at any given moment. This of course, is a prime option for the ones with time on their hands. What if one cannot chase down that elusive cheap fare?
Some tips and pointers for finding cheap international air fare come to the rescue. In many cases, international travel to certain destinations fluctuates in peak and off-peak seasons. Better fares can definitely be caught if one travels to such locations during off-peak seasons. Bigger couriers to certain destinations often charge more. In some cases, discount airlines may be serving the destination, and these provide better fares. Alternate airports landing versus big international airports might also reduce the price.
Unless one definitely wants to book for a peak season seat, it is advised not to purchase fares before 4 months of the proposed date of the trip. Most companies charge a premium for reserving seats so far back in time. Within 4 months, one can find better fares. Bookings should also be made 14 to 21 days before the trip date. Within the remaining 14 days, seats are mostly “reserved” for business clients who will most of the time, not think twice about paying more, since their main concern is simply to get a seat on the said flight. Prices within 14 days of departure thus jump higher since catering more to the demand of business clients then.

Last minute deals can sound like a real bounty, but these are not for the faint of heart, or for people who absolutely need to be somewhere at a particular date. Still, last minute deals do provide very cheap international air fare in certain cases.

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