Ten years ago, I could buy a round trip ticket to Italy for about $500...in the old days.
Now it costs about 3 times as much...per person.
That said, you can still fly for less, and here are some of the "tricks" you need to know.
Pay attention to seasons
Summer flights are definitely the most expensive, but early June and late August will have better fares.
Even better early May, and mid-October.
|--outside my parents apartment in Northern Italy--|
Winter has better fares of all...but who wants to travel when it's cold!
Know when to buy your tickets
Usually you can find the best prices betweenone and three months out,
but don't wait until the last minute.
Airfares rise dramatically a week before departure.
Fly on off days
Those days are Monday through Thursday.
For example, international flights departing on Tuesday and returning on Wednesday cost 21% less than the average weeklong trip.
And remember that airlines still penalize people for staying less than a week.
Look for sales
Fare drops can happen at any time.
Stay on top of them by signing up for alerts.
(Airfarewatchdog and Farecompare are a couple you could use)
Buy a package
Hotels drop rates drastically when they are bundled with airfare.
The same is true if you are going to rent a car.
Build up and use your points
Sign up for frequent flyer partners.