Tips For Beating The High Cost of Air Travel

By Anthony Silva, WBZ NewsRadio 1030

BOSTON (CBS) – More airlines are hopping on board another move to increase fares and surcharges to reflect the ever rising cost of jet fuel, but travel expert Tom Parsons at says there are several ways to beat the price hikes.

Parson’s Rule Number One is to fly midweek if possible, when fares to some major US cities are about 40% lower than weekend. As an example, he says weekend Boston to Dallas flights in July run around $598 while mid week flights start at $269 round-trip.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Anthony Silva reports.

Parsons said most of the bargains are online Monday through Thursday. Online fares usually pop back up later in the week.

Another idea is to fly to any other city in Florida except Orlando, which is the most expensive to fly into, and then rent a car there for about $100 a week. Drive the car back up to Boston and save the airfare.

Parsons says he expects Virgin America, Jet Blue, Southwest and others to launch summer airfare sales over the next few weeks.

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