How To Buy Airline Tickets Like A Pro — And Why You Might Be Doing It Wrong

There’s nothing like buying an airline ticket to launch cortisol levels into the stratosphere.

Should you use an aggregator or book directly with the airline? Will searching on a Tuesday afternoon score you a deal you couldn’t find shopping for a flight on a Saturday night? Does purchasing inside the legendary “Goldilocks window” really give you the best shot at securing the cheapest fare? And do you really need that trip insurance?

Basically ... how do we save the most time and money without sacrificing our sanity?

That’s exactly what Raj Punjabi and I wanted to find out on this week’s episode of “Am I Doing It Wrong?” — HuffPost’s podcast that explores the all-too-human anxieties we have about trying to get our lives right.

To do so, we lovingly pummeled HuffPost senior reporter Caroline Bologna with all of our airline ticket-related questions, and she expertly separated travel facts from flight fiction so we — and you — can find the very best deals:

After you’ve had a listen above or wherever you get your podcasts, subscribe to “Am I Doing It Wrong?” so you don’t miss a single episode, including last week’s investigation of the ins and outs and tipping. Next week we’re tackling job interviews — including the one thing you never want to say.

Need some help with something you’ve been doing wrong? Email us at and we might investigate the topic in an upcoming episode.