Best day to purchase cheap airline tickets
By Kim Komando
Published: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Question: I'm buying airline tickets for the holiday and heard there was a certain time it was best to buy. Do you know what that is?
Answer: For a long time, everyone said Tuesday afternoon was the sweet spot. That's when the airlines adjust their prices to match whatever deal another airline ran on Monday. And it's still good advice. However, researchers recently found that weekends are overall the best time to buy. Also, the day you fly makes a big difference, with Tuesday being the least expensive. Sites like Matrix, Bing Travel and AirfareWatchdog can help you find cheap flights or predict when prices are going to be the cheapest.
Safe banking on the go
Q: I travel a lot and do my banking on the go. Is it safe to bank on public Wi-Fi?
A: The answer is a firm “no.” You could be on the same Wi-Fi network as hackers. Even with security measures in place, they can still nab your usernames and passwords. So, reserve using sensitive sites for home or use your cellular connection. Also, on a smartphone or tablet, using a bank's app — if it has one — is safer than using its website.Spot stolen phone
Q: I'm buying a used smartphone, but I'm worried it might be stolen. How can I check?
A: Well, one giveaway is a price that's way too low. Check out Movaluate or WorthMonkey to see how much the seller should be charging. You should also check the phone's ESN or IMEI number. This is usually found under the battery. A site like Swappa can tell you if the phone has been reported stolen or has some other activation problem. You can also call the phone's carrier and ask.
Cool features in iOS 7
Q: I saw something on Facebook that said updating to iOS 7 will make my iPhone waterproof. That's a joke, right?
A: Definitely. A software update can't change hardware like that. But iOS 7 does come with some cool new features you'll like. For example, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center. This holds a bunch of settings that used to be hidden away. You can easily turn Wi-Fi on or off, fire up the new flashlight feature or tap the half-moon icon to put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode.
E-mail Kim Komandoher at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- PNC plans to do away with tellers
- Pace of enrollments on Healthcare.gov more than double, government says
- Fliers to absorb increase in security fee
- Consol acquires drilling rights from Dominion
- Range looks to sell Texas drilling assets
- Unemployment rate falls as employers add 203,000 jobs nationwide
- Poll: Women’s pay up, but so is negativity
- Modern ‘educational’ gifts entertain STEM kids
- American Eagle Outfitters’ quarterly profit down 68 percent
- PNC to pay $81M to Freddie Mac to resolve problem mortgages
- Consol cuts office workers after Murray deal