If you have chosen a travel destination but can't figure out how to get there, you could benefit from my dirt cheap airline ticket checklist!
I had the same problem. I wanted to visit my parents in South Dakota, but the 1500 mile drive usually took 3 days, and prices for flights from Los Angeles to Sioux Falls were over $500. Ouch!
I could only get a week off of work, so driving 3 days there and back would only give me 1 day to visit, but there was no way I was going to afford the $514 ticket. So I looked elsewhere.
And my research helped me get the roundtrip ticket for just $222! This allowed me to spend 5 days in Sioux Falls.
Here's the checklist I use anytime I need dirt cheap airline tickets. (Which is every time I fly!)
1) Check prices departing and arriving in major cities around where you want to go. (I flew from Burbank airport in LA to Omaha, Nebraska then drove 3 hours to my parents house in a rental car that cost me $24. Overall savings - $268!)
2) Be flexible in your dates. Departing on a Wednesday instead of Monday saved me another $30, as the roundtrip flight leaving Monday was going to cost $250.
3) Though cheap tickets can often be found for last minutes flights, it is usually easier to find dirt cheap airline tickets by purchasing 30 days or more in advance.
4) Check several online ticket websites. Most sites seem to have the same prices, but every once in a while one site will have a much lower price than the others. It seems they don't all update their prices at exactly the same time, so when rates go up, look for a site that hasn't updated yet!
5) If you're going somewhere where you're planning to stay in a hotel, check prices for flights + hotel. You may not actually get a dirt cheap airline ticket, but I've stayed in hotels for free compared to the prices I would have paid separately.