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Are you planning to book airfare? Now that airlines are required to show the entire fare including taxes and fees, comparing prices is a bit easier. Airlines also have to show baggage fees, although they aren’t added into the total price. Before you book your airfare though, there are some things you should do and some comparisons to make to be sure you are getting the best deal.
Things to Do Before You Book Airfare
- Be sure to check all of the airlines, including Southwest Airlines. I like to use Bing.com/travel or Yapta.com to get a price prediction too. That helps me decide whether it’s worth booking now or waiting.
- Check package deals. If you are also looking for hotels, check Southwest Vacations, Jetblue Vacations, Expedia.com, Priceline.com, and American Express travel (if you have an American Express card). Do the math and decide what the best deal is.
- Join cash back sites and see if any of them offer cash back for booking. I like BeFrugal, FatWallet, MyPoints, and Ebates. They all offer different deals, so you need to check each one to see what the best offer is.
- If you are comparing the prices of multiple airlines, be sure to include the total cost of your trip. Factor in bag fees (if you think you’ll be checking bags), as well as seat assignment fees. A deal on an airline such as AirTran may look like a great price, until you realize you have to pay seat assignment fees if you want to sit together.
- Use our price comparison printable to figure out the best deal.
- When you start to book, see if you can select seats together. Although you can always be bumped from your seats, or potentially later get seats together, it’s best if you can select them when you purchase.
- Ready to buy? Make sure you have names spelled correctly and have entered the accurate birth dates.
Now, enjoy your trip!