1. The lowest rates are usually for midweek travel: Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays for domestic travel, and Mondays through Thursdays for international travel.
2. Remember that a provider's sale rates aren't necessarily the lowest available prices; always shop around for the best deal.
3. Plan your travel to avoid your destination's peak season, when rates tend to be the highest.
4. Consider alternate airports. You may be able to get a much lower price if you�re willing to drive an hour or two to a nearby departure or destination city.
5. When you find a deal you're happy with, book right away. If you wait too long, the deal may disappear.
6. Think about how you'll get from the airport to your hotel. Airport transfers are sometimes included in vacation packages, but if they're not, price them before you leave to find the best deal.
7. Many providers organize optional tours for additional payment. This may save you the hassle of finding them once you arrive in your destination, but make sure they're worth the money you're being charged.