Thrifty Flying: Are you a budget-savvy traveler?


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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.

Airfares have always been subject to frequent changes.

Before the deregulation of airlines in 1978, airfares were printed on timetables and approved by the government.


Between 2010 and 2011, the average domestic fare in the United States increased by what percentage?

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.


Which United States city experienced the highest percent increase in domestic airfare between 2010 and 2011?

The average domestic fare in Madison, Wis., increased by 17.5 percent between 2010 and 2011.


What information will an airfare search on a travel Web site provide?

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.


When searching for tickets, it's best to only consider the fares of one airline carrier.

Fares can vary drastically from airline to airline, so it's best to examine the ticket prices from more than one carrier.


Which Web site is used to research airfares from multiple airlines?

Web sites like Travelocity, Orbitz and Kayak provide fare information for multiple airlines.


What is one common way airlines alert customers about great deals on airfare?

Online alerts are often shared via e-mail. Airlines have also used social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to send out alerts.


Alerts about airfares are only sent out by airline carriers.

One can sign up to receive alerts from a specific airline carrier as well as from third-party Web sites.


Which of these is a third-party Web site where you can sign up to receive alerts about low fares on a variety of airlines?

Web sites like and search airline data and let you know when a great fare becomes available for your area.


Taxes and fees on airline tickets can sometimes amount to 30 percent or more of the price.

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.


Which is not a federal tax or fee?

The passenger facility charge is a local tax that funds local airport projects.


Which of the following airlines charges a baggage fee for the first checked bag?

The answer is United. Southwest is the only major airline that doesn't charge for the second bag either.


True or false: Airlines typically announce sales in the middle of the week.

True. Because of this, it's usually not a good idea to shop for airplane tickets on the weekend.


If you've purchased an airline ticket and you're worried that the price may go down, you should do what?

Refunds are often given in the form of a travel voucher.


Which is the best time to purchase an airline ticket?

Fares are typically highest from eight to 10 weeks and two to three weeks in advance.


Which is not a cheap day to fly?

Typically, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.


What do you call the travel season in between the high season and the low season?

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.


What kind of flight takes off and lands in the wee hours of the morning?

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.


Which does not affect the price of your airline ticket?

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).


Which was the first airline to announce a baggage fee on the first checked bag?

American Airlines institued a $15 fee on the first checked bag in June 2008, to offset rising fuel costs. Today the fee is $25.


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