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Another Great Bargain Air Travel Resource: "Fly Cheap"

Shel Horowitz's Monthly Frugal Fun Tip, Vol. 3, # 11--March, 2000

Seems like about once a year, I devote a column to cheap air travel. This is something I kind of thought I knew something about. After all, I've enjoyed such bargains as a $198 round trip fare to London that included double frequent flier points, a "bump" offer worth $2400 ($600 x four people), several cross-country flights under $100, and more than one trip paid for in whole or in part with flier miles.

But I've just discovered that I'm an amateur next to Kelly Monaghan. Monaghan, who hosts the website, has written several books on bargain air travel. He sent me a copy of "Fly Cheap: How to Save 5% to 50% or More Every time You Fly"--and was I ever impressed! He covers all the cheap flight techniques I knew about and then some, and goes into detail about which ones are "red flags" for the airlines, and how to avoid being penalized if you use these techniques.

Here's just one example of something I didn't know before: If you get a really good fare to a place you visit often, you can get multiple trips at that fare if you buy them all at once. You get one ticket with coupons for each leg of each flight. He also has some really clever ways of dealing with the Saturday night stay requirement for cheap flights.

Since May, 1997 when I started writing this tipsheet, this is the first time I can remember giving a tip that will cost you money to put into practice. Of course, you can visit Kelly's website for free. The book lists for $14.95; domestic shipping is $3.50. If you do any air travel at all, it's well worth it! I was so impressed with the book that I offered to collect orders for it

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