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Sept. 22-24, 2011

LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015



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Last Minute to Los Angeles

Top tips on finding affordable airfares


— Courtesy of LA Inc. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau

Travel Ambassador Peter Greenberg shares his top tips on finding affordable airfares to help you get to this year's Life@50+.

1. When to Buy

The best time to buy your airline ticket is on Tuesday at midnight — actually 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning. (That's in the time zone where your airline is based.)

Why? Airlines are still in the business of matching one another on price, and since most airfare discounts seem to surface on weekends (or late Friday night) there is usually a round or two of matching and/or undercutting. All of that activity usually ends by Monday morning, and discount prices stabilize momentarily.

Once someone books one of those fares, they are given 24 hours to purchase it. And that's where Tuesday at midnight comes in. All the discount tickets that were booked, but not purchased get canceled, and those fares come rushing back into airline computer systems as available — for a limited time. And that's when you strike.

But don't expect to find those deals online (more on that later).

2. When to Fly

Don't fly during peak travel days, including Fridays and Sundays. Instead, fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays to get the better deal. Traveling around a holiday? Pick the off-peak days, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

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