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Online Tools for Tracking a Low Airfare - Fare Watch

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Fox World Travel is a well-established travel agency that offers a simple fare tool on the front page of its Web site.

The FareWatch tool is tied to the U.S. Department of Transportation data bases. It is best used in connection with other sites where you can comparison shop.

This is probably one of the simplest fare tools available. If you're looking for bells and whistles, you might not not like Fare Watch. But it is also free of sale hype and should, at least in theory, provide a balanced and unbiased result.

You simply select a departure city from a drop-down menu and click "go." Choose a destination city in the same way.

The DOT data then shows you the lowest average fare for that route, complete with the airline and its market share. You'll also see that data for the market leader on the route, and even the number of daily passengers who fly between the two airports.

These are good for baseline comparisons. Remember that very few hot bargains will show up here. This is a tool to check the average fare. It will help you eliminate the outrageously high offers, and appreciate the bargains.

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