My husband and I will be flying for the first time next October(2014) round trip from Dayton oh to Phoenix az. We are in our early 20s and both nervous about flying. No kids. When should we book our flight, is it better to book in advance? We want to fly the cheapest we can as we will be on a tight budget. What cost should we expect to find? Also what's the best way to book? Through the airlines or on orbitz, ect? We haven't used those yet either. We want a good deal and worried since its our first time to overpay.
We plan to have one bag each(packing lightly) is this the best idea? Will we be able to keep those bags with us? Any tips about luggage, I've heard of extra fees with it.
My husband does not want a flight that makes stops(he is worried we will somehow miss the connection plane) is it better to have a non stop flight or one with stops, is it really a difficult thing switching planes?
Also how early do you recommend to arrive before your flight? I know some of these questions are probably real basic but we feel better getting advice here, plus we are nervous about the whole experience.