My husband and I travel every summer. He is a public school librarian, so we fit all of our longer vacations into the months that he has off. If our trip requires getting plane tickets, I start searching for the best prices up to 6 months in advance. I always hit a bunch of sites, but my favorites have been Airfare Watchdog, Travelocity, Expedia, and Southwest Vacations.
Airfare Watchdog is an awesome way to monitor the prices of flights in your area. I have bought a ticket through their site once, but I have also simply used the information it throws my way to pick the best times to patrol all of the other sites to get the best deal. I love the fact that it is easy to use.
If you’d like to keep an eye out for the best prices on plane tickets to or from a certain place, simply sign up for email notifications. Airfare Watchdog will then email you when specials occur for the trip you set it up to monitor. For example, I was looking for a cheap ticket to Chicago to go to the Financial Blogger Conference at the end of September. I signed up for email notifications in March for any good deals from Houston to Chicago and jumped on a $215 ticket that they notified me about a few weeks later.
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