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Here's how you can save a ton on airline tickets this holiday season

The best tip we've seen so far: Go straight to the source and buy your plane tickets in person.

CLEVELAND — On Wednesday’s Lunch Break with Jay Crawford, Jay and 3News’ Hollie Strano shared genius hacks for getting the lowest possible price for holiday air travel, like going to the ticket counter in person.

According to an expert from Hopper, many of the tips we’re used to hearing, like it’s best to buy your airline tickets on Tuesday or at midnight, just don’t hold up anymore.

Flight pricing now uses complex algorithms that we could never figure out if we tried, and prices in tickets will vary hundreds of dollars between now and the next major travel holiday, which is Thanksgiving.

Even so, apps and websites like Hopper, Skyscanner and Kiwi are good options for comparing travel options and looking out for predictions on when prices will drop. (Typically, Halloween is the cutoff date for getting the best prices on Thanksgiving travel, according to experts.)

But quite possibly the best tip out there is to go to the airline ticket counters at your nearest airport and buy your tickets in person. One woman told 3News that she was able to purchase direct, roundtrip plane tickets, for her entire family of four at the bargain price of only $400 using this method!  

Watch the video here to check out the segment, and catch the entire episode in the player below:

You can lunch with us by commenting on our live streams and tweeting with us during the show using #3lunchbreak.

Keep the conversation going for a chance to have your questions and comments shared on the air by digital anchor Stephanie Haney.

Lunch Break with Jay Crawford airs at 12 p.m. Eastern on 3News, and streams live on WKYC.com, YouTube, Facebook and on our 3News app.

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