(SPM Wire) With gas prices maintaining high levels, airlines are simultaneously eliminating flights, cutting perks and increasing fares — leaving travelers to wonder if cheap flights are still possible.

«Good deals do exist; don’t let today’s gloom and doom news get you down and deter you from taking that well-deserved vacation with your family,» said Carl Schwartz, chief travel officer for Cheapflights.com, a search engine that allows flexible travelers to easily find cheap flights.

«By taking the time to search for a deal, you will find something that works for you. Keeping your options open will go a long way toward finding something that makes everyone happy without breaking the bank,» he says.

The experts at Cheapflights.com are offering several suggestions for finding the best airfare bargains:

* Be flexible on travel dates and times.

* Consider alternate, but similar destinations. For a warm, coastal vacation, for instance, visit the Dominican Republic where the U.S. dollar is still strong and prices are lower than for other Caribbean hotspots.

* Compare prices from nearby airports. If you live in a metropolitan area, look for cheaper flights at smaller, outlying airports.

* Check one-way fares. Sometimes, two one-way tickets are cheaper than round-trip.

* Sign up for «deals» newsletters. Many online newsletters often include deals on vacation packages and hotel accommodations.

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