|Subject: There is always a better way...|
with regard to bargain hunting for airline tickets,
Here is an interesting site where they auction off some last-minute tickets.
I have also used the auction site at 1travel.com, with nice results, but that was almost a year ago. As long as you are flexible, there are some great deals floating around in cyber space.
For general information, this site is one of my favorites, and a good starting point for those in search of bargains: http://www.concierge.com/travel/c_planning/02_airfares/intlbargains.html
Good luck in your search Jonathan Chimene Chicago