Sleuthing Fares

Finding bargain airline tickets online is a breeze--once you learn the tricks of the trade

Consider this my penance. About a year ago, I subjected readers of this column to 600 words of woe, detailing my frustrating--and ultimately fruitless--online search for a holiday getaway. This year I've cleaned up my act by cutting out the whining and focusing on real solutions. First I homed in on a single goal: figuring out how to get great deals on flights. Then I recruited a crack panel of experts--everyone from Travelocity CEO Terrell Jones to CheapTickets vice president Ron McElfresh--to help me ferret out the best insider tricks. Finally I torture-tested their advice to see if it really flew....

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