Airline fares are on the rise, and you need a vacation on the cheap. Think you have what it takes to find the best bargain on the plane? Take our quiz and find out.
Before the deregulation of airlines in 1978, airfares were printed on timetables and approved by the government.
Airfares are becoming more expensive. A report by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics found that the average domestic fare in the United States increased by 8.4 percent between 2010 and 2011.
The average domestic fare in Madison, Wis., increased by 17.5 percent between 2010 and 2011.
While travel Web sites will provide several fare options from many airlines, the results may not include some airlines or the lowest price available. For these reasons, a thorough search of each travel Web site and each carrier's Web site is always best.
Fares can vary drastically from airline to airline, so it's best to examine the ticket prices from more than one carrier.
Web sites like Travelocity, Orbitz and Kayak provide fare information for multiple airlines.
Online alerts are often shared via e-mail. Airlines have also used social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to send out alerts.
One can sign up to receive alerts from a specific airline carrier as well as from third-party Web sites.
Web sites like Airfarewatchdog.com and Farecompare.com search airline data and let you know when a great fare becomes available for your area.
True. The four main taxes and fees on airline tickets are the federal ticket tax, the segment tax, the passenger facility charge and the September 11 security fee.
The passenger facility charge is a local tax that funds local airport projects.
The answer is United. Southwest is the only major airline that doesn't charge for the second bag either.
True. Because of this, it's usually not a good idea to shop for airplane tickets on the weekend.
Refunds are often given in the form of a travel voucher.
Fares are typically highest from eight to 10 weeks and two to three weeks in advance.
Typically, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
The shoulder season is a great time to visit a destination because the weather is still typically quite nice, and the airline tickets have begun to come down in price.
Red-eye flights typically take off and land in the wee hours of the morning, but they're usually deeply discounted due to the inconvenient time.
While it's difficult to know exactly when airline tickets will be cheapest, there are some general trends that suggest which days it's best to buy tickets (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), and which days it's best to fly (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday).
American Airlines institued a $15 fee on the first checked bag in June 2008, to offset rising fuel costs. Today the fee is $25.