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Want to lower your airfare? Try these simple tips

New baggage fees at Canadian carriers have lifted costs for passengers, but there's ways to mitigate the increase.
New baggage fees at Canadian carriers have lifted costs for passengers, but there's ways to mitigate the increase. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File

Tired of paying airfares you think are too high? There’s some ways to shave some dollars off the ticket price for savvy travellers. Here’s a few tips:

— Travel during off-peak times. Two of the slowest periods for air travel are Dec. 1 to Dec. 14 and then Jan. 4 to Feb. 15.

— Fly on slow days. Planes tend to have the most empty seats on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

— Do a flexible date search. Sites like ITA Software and Cheapair.com let travellers pull up a calendar with the cheapest days to fly between two airports.

— Consider nearby airports. Driving an extra 50 kilometres might save $100 per person.

— Take advantage of the 24-hour rule. Passengers have 24 hours after buying a ticket to get a full refund. The day after booking a flight, check back to see if fares have fallen. Cancel and rebook at the lower price.

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