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We've all seen or heard the advertisements, "Fly to (enter your favorite destination here) for $99!" But do we really know what that entails? Let's take a look at the purchasing process outlined below, which provides additional cost factors not included in the promotional fare:

Something else to consider is time. Anyone with a Web connection can supposedly find the "lowest fare" in minutes. However, to truly find the best rates, you need to take a significant amount of time, and even then, you may not be sure you've gotten the best rates. Most travel agencies now have software on their reservation systems that instantly searches dozens of air and hotel booking engines. They can also provide travel expertise and assist you during your travel.

Also, if you live in the area and travel to another airport, how much time are you investing in your transportation just to get to the airport? Is there a parking free? As the price of gas continues to climb, you need to factor all your true costs when choosing an airport for your travel needs.

There are great deals out there; however, those deals are based on your time and travel needs. But remember, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." So be sure to utilize our awareness tips when shopping around for the best deal. IBI

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