If you’re a standard traveler, you book a ticket when you’re ready and don’t spend too much time thinking about the price or duration as long as you get where you’re going. If you’re a first class passenger or a frequent flyer, you’re ready to go whenever and wherever, so prices don’t hold you back, especially if you have a large amount of miles or points to cash in. But if you find yourself fitting into the deal-seeker category, you want to know you’re getting the best price before you make a purchase. You’re also probably aware that everyone on an airplane has likely paid a vastly different price for their seat-even if they’re right next to you. The fluctuation and unpredictable nature of airline tickets is ridiculous and airline companies have more than few tricks up their sleeves for dictating what price you end up paying. How are you supposed to know when to buy a ticket, especially when the price could drop by a significant amount just a few days after you purchased yours? Get the full story at Paste Magazine