The airline industry is a flourishing business with more people opting for air travel. The airline company tries to maximize its profits by pricing the tickets as high as possible and still maintaining competitive fares. Discounts for advance bookings attract more customers and ensure that the flight does not have too many vacant seats. To this end, fares vary from day to day or sometimes within few hours of a day also. While the customer is satisfied with cheaper fares, the airline does not run the risk of having spare and vacant seats.
Online enquiries are common for quicker information and faster bookings. The airline office will try to fill as many seats with the maximum fare. During non peak hours, they will be ready to accommodate the customer by making good travel proposals. The best time for such queries is 8 am to 6 pm.
After an advance booking, one should recheck with the airline for the fares few days before the date of travel. If it is discounted any further than the purchase price, one can claim for refund of excess charges.
One should visit travel related web-sites like Priceline, Kayak or Expedia. While most sites offer similar pricing of the tickets, some also allow quick comparisons amongst various sites for getting the best deal. After confirmation, the airline office can be contacted to enquire about any further discounts and then the purchase made. One should also try to work out a combination of flights for the cheapest fare.
Services of travel agencies can be used especially if it is as international trip or if the travel has many breaks.