Always check your flight
Some alternative and regional airlines do not charge a fee for last minute changes or bookings. Traditional airlines have certain guidelines that force the travelers to extend their stay over a Saturday night or impose other restrictions for lower fares. It may be to your advantage to check to see if the alternative airlines offer service to your destination.
Buy early and stick to your plans
If you need to fly somewhere where there is no alternate carrier, the best way to make the most of it is to buy tickets as early as possible, then stick to your plans. If you try to change your flights, you'll get hit with the hefty change fee and the difference between the advance-purchase price and the last minute fare. If clients argue, tell them what it will cost. You may be surprised how quickly they may suggest that you should wait until the fares come down.
Use a good travel agent!
The widespread availability of online pricing tools has convinced many business travelers that they can go it alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. The more complicated and frequent your travel, the more you need a good travel agent. The less time you want to spend on your computer looking to book, the more you need a good travel agent. Their fees are modest, considering their experience, and they know how to give you the best service and pricing.
Know the Basics
Airlines are masters of changing the pricing game on the fly, but here are some basics of ticket buying
Don't buy on weekends. Airlines tend to file price increases on a Thursday evening. They often wait out the weekend to see if other carriers match their pricing. If the competition does not budge, the fare increase may be withdrawn on Monday morning. Be careful because if you had purchased a ticket over the weekend, you will end up paying the higher price.
Although they may cost you more money, direct flights are usually the best option. The more flights you take to complete your journey, the greater the chance of delays and lost luggage.
It's best to check flights a few hours or a few days around your planned travel time. Prices often differ dramatically. It's a good idea to inquire about the availability of upgrades to first class. They are often available for purchase at the gate before departureor online when printing boarding passes. Keep in mind, that airlines may have reasonably priced seats available in more desirable seating.