How to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Your Next Flight

We all dream of traveling—jetting off on a whim to idyllic destinations, using up the last of our vacation days on an indulgent retreat. But once it comes to actually perusing airline and travel sites to book a ticket, pricey airfare can often be a restricting factor. If we're going to use our precious vacation days for a last-minute trip, we want to make sure we have enough left in our wallet to actually enjoy it once we're there. Luckily, there's an easy travel hack that can help. If you're flexible on your vacation dates—and better yet, open about where you want to go—you can save hundreds of dollars by using this simple trick.

Price trackers are a feature offered by booking sites like Google Flights, Kayak, and Airfare Watchdog that will find you the best deal for your desired destination. You just search once and turn on a price tracker, and it will do the rest, checking daily for deals and sending you a notification once the price goes down. So rather than constantly browsing sites yourself, you can get to do everything else you need to do and still not worry about missing a great opportunity.

Condé Nast Traveler, which just highlighted this travel hack, wrote that in the week before its story published, its team was able to find a $467 round-trip ticket to Paris (with a free checked bag) when the average fares were around $900. That's nearly 50% savings, almost $450.

If you're working on a budget and don't even want to see options above a certain number, you can also set a price range specific to your needs. This is especially great for those who are happy to explore a number of destinations, as long as they're within their budget and getting a great deal. You can move the price slider to the maximum you're willing to pay and see what exciting locales pop up that match your price.

Convinced enough to adopt this travel hack before you buy your next ticket? Let us know how it goes!