Tips for saving money on airfare

Getting away for a vacation provides you with a great way to relax and revitalize. However, airfare can often be pricier than you would like. Associated fees and taxes add up, and flying can wind up being more of a headache than a convenience. We've gathered a few tips to help alleviate some of the pressures and stresses associated with trying to nab the most affordable tickets for your trip.

Follow these tips to ensure your checking account doesn't suffer from your vacation plans:

Lean-on-the-shoulder season
Yahoo Travel noted the perfect time to travel is during the shoulder season. This is the travel period when the weather is still good but the crowds and popularity of travel have dwindled. Each destination has a different shoulder season. Traveling to Northeast beaches is most affordable during the early fall. You may see savings as high as 43 percent in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

European vacations taken from Labor Day through October and even into November can save you quite the pretty penny. And if you want to travel to Mexico or the Caribbean, book during November and early December. The weather will still be great, but you won't experience the expensive holiday rates.

Know the shoulder season for your vacation destination and try to use it to your advantage when booking.

Be flexible with your travel dates and times
Warren Chang, general manger and vice president of Fly.com, noted that Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays offer the most affordable tickets, according to Bankrate. In addition, cheaper airfare is more likely when you search during the midweek. Airlines release new sales and travel deals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Also, Forbes reported that flexibility with the time of day that you fly can lower costs. If you are traveling on a holiday, afternoon flights are often less expensive than morning flights.

Travel light
Checked baggage can add quite a bit to your overall airfare costs. Bankrate noted the importance of knowing your flight's checked baggage policy. Every airline can vary a great deal, so being aware of associated fees for weight, size or content is crucial.

If you can get away with a carry on, do so. It is also nice not to have to worry about the risk of losing luggage during your flights and any transfers you may have along your journey.

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