"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.

(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 said.

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.