Airfare is the price paid by passengers for air travel and may be based on one way or round trip travel. There are published and unpublished airfares: published fare is available to anyone, unpublished is adiscounted fare offered by consolidators or bucket shops. Unpublished fares are not sold by the airline online, over the phone or at an airline office.
In general the types of airfare are: APEX (international fares), excursion (involves restrictions), unrestricted or full fare (usually the most expensive), joint fares (offered if airlines have a partner relationship on some routes with other airlines), through fare (travel through a gateway city using connecting flights). A few ways to purchase cheap airfare are: check prices at the websites of airlines that travel to your destination: Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, American Airlines, Delta, Fly BMI, LAN, KLM, Mexicana, Spirit, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, TACA, Condor, Air France and others. Another way to purchase cheap tickets is through consolidator (bucket shop) websites such as: Orbitz, CheapTickets, Expedia, Priceline, CheapCarribbean, OneTravel, CheapOair, STA Travel, FunJet, BookIt, EasyClick Travel, HotWire, Yatra and others. Compare fares at: airfare.com, BookingBuddy and others. With some advance planning, cheap affordable airfare can be obtained by booking far in advance, or through last-minute deals on the Internet, using coupons, special offers.