| Each Wednesday, most airlines come out with "weekend excursion" fares that can
be great deals. Each airline typically has its own email alert, so signing
up for each can be a bit tedious. Fortunately, Smarter Living has put together
a database of 20 airlines and the "Wednesday fares" they offer (click
here to go there now). You can receive a single email from them with just
the fares from your hometown, or you can go to the webpage and browse their entire
database of fares. This obviously isn't the best way to go about buying you tickets
(because you have no idea what will be available until just days before the weekend),
but if you're truly looking for a "weekend excursion," a single email a week will
keep you informed of the best deals available. Subscribe
to Smarter Living's FREE email travel newsletters for current travel savings!
One obvious vehicle for cheap airline tickets is frequent flier miles.
Of course, with enough frequent flier miles, the airfare isn't cheap - it's free.
Usually the minimum number of frequent flier miles needed for a free airline ticket
is 20,000 - and you can get to this number in ways other than simply flying that
many miles. For instance, many airlines will give you bonus miles just for signing
up, others will give you "double miles" during promotional periods, and many credit
cards will give you miles for every dollar you spend. But be careful not to fly
exclusively on one airline in order to get a "free" ticket. Because if you fly
on just one airline, you'll also undoubtedly miss out on cheaper fares on other
airlines - in which case your "free" ticket isn't free at all. Get the additional
frequent flyer miles you need for a free airline ticket with a click of the mouse