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Finding the best airfare rates for your Disney World vacation

It is important to book your airfare early and be flexible about your travel dates when looking to save money on tickets
It is important to book your airfare early and be flexible about your travel dates when looking to save money on tickets
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Once your start planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resorts you will quickly discover just how fast everything can add up. Depending where you are flying in from, your airfare just might be the most expensive part of your vacation. Consider purchasing an all-inclusive package that has everything from room accommodations to airfare and the dining plan to theme park tickets included.

Sometimes, buying the entire package is not really something every Disney traveler wants to do. Thus, requiring a traveler to purchase their airfare separately. Here are some tips to help you find the best airfare rates possible for your upcoming Disney vacation:

Book early

As soon as you know you are going to Disney, start looking for airfare rates immediately. In most cases, the further out you book your flight, the cheaper it will be.

Avoid booking your flight within 14 days of leaving for Disney. This is when prices tend to get hiked up for last minute travelers. However, if you have not yet booked your flight by this time, you should still try to call around. Some travelers have received the best deals within a week or two of their departing. But I would not rely on it.

If you plan to travel to Disney during a holiday, over spring break or in the summer, buy your tickets as early as possible. Not only will they be cheaper, but the further out you book, you are more likely to find a seat on the plane. Flights during these times fill up quickly and the later you book, the greater chance you will not be able to get a ticket.

Be flexible

Changing the dates of your vacation could save you a lot of money on airfare. Avoid selecting days when everyone else is either flying into or out of the Orlando area. The best days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. By being flexible and selecting these days of the week to fly you will have a less crowded plane at the best price available.

Use the Internet

Explore your options at different websites, including Travelocity, Priceline, Expedia and Booking Buddy. These sites sometimes have better deals and may offer discounts for the dates you plan to travel. These sites check the prices for several different airlines and will show you the best prices for your travel dates.

Cash in frequent flyer miles

Many of the airlines offer frequent flyer miles for those who do a lot of traveling. If you do a lot of travel for work, sign up for these programs and cash them in for your upcoming vacation. You can also sign up for a credit card that will give you miles for every dollar you spend.

Call the airlines

Check with the airlines directly to see if they are offering any promotional fares. The best day to this is on Wednesdays.

Ask for a refund

If airfare for the same flight you booked goes down after you have booked yours, call the airline and see if you can get a refund for the difference. Not all airlines will do this, but some will. So it cannot hurt to give it a try.

Choose an alternate

Most flights into Orlando are more expensive than other airports in the area. Check the rates to fly into Sanford or Tampa. Depending upon the amount saved, flying into these airports may be worth the added cost of renting a car to get to Disney.

Consider fees

One final thing to keep in mind when searching for inexpensive airfare rates. Double check all of the fees associated with the flight. Some airlines will offer rock bottom prices, but charge an arm and a leg for baggage. Sometimes these fees will make the price more than booking with another airline that offers free checked bags.

Hopefully these tips help you find the best possible airfare prices available for your upcoming Disney vacation.

Happy vacationing!