10 Tips for Finding the Lowest Airfares

If you're trying to get from Point A to Point B for as little money as possible, be prepared to invest some time. Stockbyte/Thinkstock.com

Buying plane tickets these days is like placing a bet. You've been watching for weeks, it's not going to go any lower you just feel it now's the time: Click it now! Click it now!

Exciting, perhaps, but for many people a stressful endeavor, especially when that low-low price was apparently valid for 12 seconds on Tuesday at 9:02. It can seem hopeless, predicting the rise and fall of airfares, and even for the "experts" it often is -- but there are ways to at least increase the odds of getting a really good deal [source: Hobica].

A new art form has sprung from the annoying inconsistency of ticket pricing, and mastering it can potentially save fliers hundreds, if not thousands, on airfare. The general idea is to make the chaos work for you and avoid that last-minute, desperation purchase that almost always costs you more [source: Hobica].

For most travelers, getting the lowest possible price takes some knowledge, effort and foresight -- and that can take some time.