8 Things To Know Before You Book A Flight

By @MarkJohansonIBT on
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    When can you find the cheapest domestic airfare? With average return fares at a low of $269.97, September was, by far, the cheapest month for domestic travel in 2012. January and October had the next lowest average airfares, though rates both months were above $300. Alberto Riva
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    Which airfares are decreasing? Just one popular destination had cheaper flights in 2012 than the year before: Toronto, Canada. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
  • Spectators celebrate during the London 2012 Olympic Games one year countdown at an Olympic event in Trafalgar Square in London
    What destinations are getting more expensive? Anchorage, New Orleans, London and Beijing all rose in both popularity and airfare in 2012. Airfare to Lima also spiked rather dramatically (33 percent), despite the fact that its popularity declined. Reuters
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When’s the best time to book a cheap flight? Which destinations offer the best price? How can you tell if airfare will rise? Popular travel booking site Kayak thinks it has some answers to travelers’ biggest questions.

“We just finished a monster pull of more than a billion search queries throughout 2012 to find the cheapest flights, the busiest airports, the most popular destinations and which destinations offered great value,” Kayak spokesperson Maria Katime explained in an email.

While Kayak’s findings are specific to 2012, they provide a good barometer of what travelers can expect in 2013.

Click through the slideshow above for the answers to eight common questions, each of which will help you plan and save this year.

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