Airline fares: Six ways to beat the rise in ticket prices

Airline fares increased by 5 percent in the first part of 2010. But savvy consumers can still find ways to get discount airline fares.

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    Airline fares jumped by 5 percent in the first three months of this year. One way passengers might save is by using discount airlines, like Southwest and JetBlue. In this June photo, passengers traveling on Southwest Airlines watch as one plane waits to tak eoff and another lands at Midway Airport in Chicago.
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The bargain-basement airline fares consumers saw during the height of the recession are no more.

Airfare prices rose nearly 5 percent in the first three months of 2010 over the previous year, according to newly released government data, with the average airline ticket costing $328.

That’s still relatively low – 25 percent cheaper than 1999’s average ticket price (after factoring in inflation). But it doesn’t take into account other new costs for traveling, like additional charges for baggage (which can be hefty; some airlines charge up to $50 for a piece of luggage).

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Now that ticket prices are on the upswing, here are some ways you can save on air travel:

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