Travel expert Marybeth Bond shares her tips about how to find the cheapest airfares. First, don't wait until the last minute -- you'll save money and have better flights. When you find a good fare, buy it right away. If you wait, you might regret it. Check the websites of the airlines that travel to where you want to go, and sign up for their email alerts. Also check the big travel websites and compare their prices. Also, look for bucket shops in the Sunday travel sections in major newspapers, but be sure to read the fine print.
Gutsy Traveler Marybeth Bond is the nation's preeminent travel expert for travel tips, travel advice and inspiration and founded the popular Online Travel Magazine GutsyTraveler.com.
She's a National Geographic author of travel books and guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and she's been featured over 1,000 times on TV, radio and print. She is a Contributor to CNN, CNN Airport Network and CNN.com.
What makes Bond "Gutsy"? She has hiked, cycled, climbed, dived and kayaked her way through more than 90 countries. Last summer Bond and her 22-year-old daughter took on a coast-to-coast challenge—3,114 miles of riding their bikes by day and blogging by night to raise funds for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Through mountain passes in the Rockies, headwinds in Nevada, chigger bites in Kansas and wild dogs in Kentucky, they persevered and raised $52,000 for osteoporosis women's health education.