If you want an international experience, find cheaper flights to Ireland's Dublin or Shannon, Spain's Barcelona or Madrid, plus Frankfurt and Zurich, and we've seen some excellent Caribbean deals, too, particularly to Nassau and San Juan.
6. Make non-stops non-starters
An easy way to save: Check the ticket prices for non-stops, then look at prices to the same destinations with a stop or two (and you do this quite easily by changing the filter on a comparison shopping site). Almost always, the non-direct flights will cost less. Sometimes, as much as 60 percent less.
7. Book one passenger at a time This trick won't always work, but when it does, you can really save some money. Say you're a party of five, but when asked to put in the "number of passengers" when booking a reservation, put "1" instead of "5." Continue checking the prices; if at some point, as you book one passenger at a time, the price suddenly jumps, bingo! You've just saved some money.
This is the result of a quirk of airline reservation systems that does not allow different prices in a single reservation. If there are one or two tickets at $100, and the next highest price is $200 - and you're booking a family of five on the same reservation, you'll pay $200 for all five tickets. Unless you book one-by-one.
Last money-saving tip: I always try to talk people into using carry-ons no matter how far they're traveling or how long they'll be away. You save on baggage fees and don't have to worry about lost luggage. I'll be using a carry-on during a trip to Spain this summer and if I can do it, you can, too.
The opinions expressed by Rick Seaney are his alone and not those of ABC News.