With rising prices in air travel becoming a true inevitability, it's time to find new ways to cut down on travel costs. Outside of the usual budget advice and timing for buying tickets, you can also 'save' up for your next vacation by buying more things. And that next vacation that you plan can also help to give you another in the future. In short, you need to begin to look into accumulating airline miles - and there are several ways that you can do this.
One of the first ways that most people are familiar with in terms of gathering airline miles is through an airline miles program. These programs are something that you can sign up for through the airline's website and are deigned to promote airline loyalty. As you take trips with that particular airline, the miles you travel will be added to you account and can then be exchanged for free or reduced airline tickets. Many of these programs will have certain restrictions in terms of when you can redeem these miles, so you will want to look over the guidelines before signing up for a particular program. Or, you can sign up for a program that carries the benefits (like international tickets for miles redeemed) and then frequent that airline.
Another way to collect airline miles without having to actually travel to do so is to find a miles program through a credit card or banking service. In an effort to be more competitive, these companies are offering miles for every dollar spent on the cards, which can then be traded in for money toward travel fares or even free tickets. All you have to do is check with your current credit card companies to see if they're offering these kinds of programs or switch to a card that does. They're easy to find, simply go online and begin a search for 'airline miles' and 'credit cards.' To make this kind of program really work for you, you will want to use that credit card for all of your purchases so that your balance is high and it accrues toward your airline miles.
You can also look for special deals and promotions through cellular phone companies and other retailers. Often, these companies will offer a free airfare or companion airfare for signing up for their services. All you need to do is follow their guidelines, fill out some forms, and then receive instructions on how to redeem your free ticket or companion ticket. It's best to follow the instructions carefully and make copies of any forms that you send back to the company for your own personal record.
In truth, there are ways to find free or reduced airfares, but it will still take some effort on your part. However, in the end, the money you save will be well worth any time investment.