Cheap Air Fares FAQVersion 2.1 – January 24, 2007What's new in this version?Mainly just a maintenance update, this version has had its links checked and some new ones included. I've also added links to interesting threads on this or other Fool boards. You can look at the previous FAQ here:http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21838627What exactly can I bring with me on a plane?Here's the current TSA list:http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtmAnd the European Union's version:http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air_portal/security/rules_liquids/index_en.htmThese regulations are constantly changing, so double-check just before you depart to make sure you're in compliance.As for current baggage allowances, check with your airline before departure. Airlines are getting more and more fussy about baggage size and weight.Do I need a passport?Yes, all international air travel now requires a passport. Domestic air travel does not, nor does travel to/from US territories like Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. You can get the complete picture here:http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.htmlWhere can I learn more about air fares?In order to dig up the best possible air fare, it helps to be an informed traveller. First, check out Airfare 101, provided by budget travel experts Smarter Travel:Part 1: Back to basicshttp://www.smartertravel.com/airfare/Airfare-Part-back-basics.html?id=13923Part 2: Naming your pricehttp://www.smartertravel.com/airfare/Airfare-Part-Naming-your.html?id=16412Part 3: Last-minute flightshttp://www.smartertravel.com/airfare/Airfare-Part-Save-fortune.html?id=9161Part 4: Discounted fareshttp://www.smartertravel.com/airfare/Airfare-Part-Save-with.html?id=11280There is also a wealth of handy airfare (and other travel-related) tips on the following sites:Smarter Travel:http://www.smartertravel.com/travel-advice/The Travel Insider:http://www.thetravelinsider.info/Frommer's:http://www.frommers.com/tips/The Practical Nomad:http://hasbrouck.org/Rick Steveshttp://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/tips_menu.htmIn particular, I'd like to point out the Airline Ticket Consolidators and Bucket Shops FAQ, located at the Practical Nomad. It does an excellent job of explaining how air fares work, and the difference between domestic and international tickets.http://hasbrouck.org/faq/index.htmlThere are so many websites out there. Is there a way to search them all at once?The following websites enable you to do just that, including most major airlines and other discount travel sites.Kayak:http://www.kayak.com/Mobissimo:http://www.mobissimo.com/Qixo:http://www.qixo.com/Yahoo! FareChase:http://farechase.yahoo.com/ITA:http://matrix.itasoftware.com/cvg/dispatch/SideStep:http://www.sidestep.com/Is there a listing of current fare sales anywhere?There are usually plenty of air fare sales going on at any given time. Sales are often posted on this board, usually every week. Here are some sites that keep track of sales. You can also sign up for free e-mail alerts from them.Airfare Watchdog:http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/FareCompare:http://www.farecompare.com/Smarter Travel:http://www.smartertravel.com/Travelzoo:http://www.travelzoo.com/Should I buy now, or wait for a cheaper fare?Here's a site that claims to know the answer to this question:http://www.farecast.com/What other websites should I check?There are dozens and dozens and dozens of online travel sites. Just take a look at this Yahoo list:http://tinyurl.com/2zqyeSo, here's a brief list of some you may want to check out.1-800-FlyEuropehttp://www.1800flyeurope.com/Airline Consolidatorhttp://www.airlineconsolidator.com/Cheap Ticketshttp://www.cheaptickets.com/Expediahttp://www.expedia.com/Flight Centrehttp://www.flightcentre.us/Flights.comhttp://www.flights.com/Hotwirehttp://www.hotwire.com/OneTravelhttp://www.onetravel.com/Orbitzhttp://www.orbitz.com/Pricelinehttp://www.priceline.com/TravelHUBhttp://www.travelhub.com/Travelocityhttp://www.travelocity.com/Travel Secretshttp://www.travelsecrets.com/You may also want to check out these sites, where you earn discounts by shopping online:Ebateshttp://www.ebates.com/MyPointshttp://www.mypoints.com/And if you're young or a student:STA Travelhttp://www.statravel.com/Student Universehttp://www.studentuniverse.com/What about flying as a courier?It can be done, although it may not be for everyone. Check out these sites:Air Courier Associationhttp://www.aircourier.org/Air Courier Listhttp://www.courierlist.com/Courier Travelhttp://www.couriertravel.org/International Association of Air Travel Couriershttp://www.courier.org/There are also two other sites to mention, Airhitch and AirTech. They sometimes get lumped in with courier companies but they're not, they offer what are known as “space available” flights.Airhitchhttp://www.airhitch.org/AirTechhttp://www.airtech.com/I'm travelling at the last minute. What do I do?Try these:11th Hourhttp://www.11thhourvacations.com/Last Minute Travelhttp://www.lastminutetravel.com/Site 59http://www.site59.com/Do you have any frequent flyer info?A little.Flyer Talkhttp://www.flyertalk.com/Mileage Workshophttp://www.mileageworkshop.com/Web Flyerhttp://www.webflyer.com/Where can I go for general travel info?Fodor'shttp://www.fodors.com/Frommer'shttp://www.frommers.com/In Your Pocket (city guides)http://www.inyourpocket.com/Lonely Planethttp://www.lonelyplanet.com/Should I be worried?Air travel is extremely safe. That said, it pays to be informed.AirDisaster.comhttp://www.airdisaster.com/AirSafe.comhttp://www.airsafe.com/Come Back Alive – The World's Most Dangerous Placeshttp://www.comebackalive.com/Deep vein thrombosishttp://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/mosby_factsheets/Deep_Vein_Thrombosis.htmlInflight Safety Pagehttp://www.warman.demon.co.uk/anna/inflight.htmlTravel Advisories:U.S. State Department: http://travel.state.gov/Government of Canada: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/consular_home-en.aspAnything else?Sure, here are some other useful sites.Airline and airport linkshttp://www.airlineandairportlinks.com/Airline information onlinehttp://www.airinfo.aero/Airline mealshttp://www.airlinemeals.net/Airports of the Worldhttp://www.hotelstravel.com/airports.htmlAirports (U.S.)http://www.airports.com/Delayed flights and Rule 240http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15025379Epinions: Travelhttp://www.epinions.com/trvlEuroTrip Cheap Flights Forumhttp://www.eurotrip.com/forum/tt.aspx?forumid=7One Bag: The Art & Science of Travelling Lighthttp://www.oratory.com/onebag/Seat Guruhttp://www.seatguru.com/The Travel Clinichttp://www.drwisetravel.com/TMF: Best Travel Spots/Tipshttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=112908Trip Advisorhttp://www.tripadvisor.com/U.S. airport status & delay infohttp://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jspVoltage Valet – foreign electricity infohttp://www.voltagevalet.com/country.htmlAnd finally…Here are some interesting discussions from the Fool boards:Should I volunteer to be bumped from my flight?http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=25051075&sort=wholeHow to complain effectivelyhttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24860826Checked baggage tipshttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24725699&sort=wholeHow to survive a plane crashhttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=24657854&sort=wholePre-departure travel remindershttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21880805&sort=whole
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