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vbarry
03-30-2008, 06:39 AM
I have been looking for airline tickets during the week of Christmas. I am getting fares from $500-$800 round trip. Will they ever go down???

Disneydonnam
03-30-2008, 07:42 AM
Delta went down today. I have been looking for the second wek of Dec and for the last two weeks it was $749 per person. Today is dropped to $439. Still way more then what we have paid for in the past.

katiee511
03-30-2008, 08:08 AM
We will be flying to FL 12/24 - 1/2 and I booked our NWA flight from Indy about a month ago since it was a fair price. However, my sister's family is coming from CT and we still haven't found a good price.
Right now JetBlue is only open thru 10/31 and SW plans to open thru Oct on 4/17. So, we are playing the waiting game. :rolleyes1
IMHO I think most airlines won't come too far down in price until the discount carriers start releasing their rates. For our Dec trip that looks like we will be left hanging until almost June :sad2:
Not the way we want to play this game, but hoping it works out in the end. Meantime, I read the transportation thread every day. I signed up on most airlines airfare watcher email lists and downloaded SW's DING program.
Here's hoping for the best for our :santa: trips!!

gmboy95
03-31-2008, 09:29 AM
We just booked for 12/24 - 1/2 on airtran direct from boston, and got slammed to the tune of $450 per person for four of us....never mind what i am paying on usairways in three weeks for april vacation....between this and the price of gas, i am about to tell my kids they are getting a disney trip for christmas and not much else:scared1:

Jacksmom99
03-31-2008, 01:04 PM
Airtran for 12/24 and 1/2 was $209 each way, nonstop, middle of the day times. I personally don't think that was a terrible price for Christmas week. United, Delta and USair were less at times over the last few weeks, but none of those were non-stops. Most of the cheaper Untied flights were at 6am and having to return from Tampa. I don't mind Tampa, but not for a 6am flight!

I know I'm paying extra for a non-stop, but I'm also glad that I didn't wait for jetblue or southwest. I teach so I can't be at my computer the day they release SW fares. Any good rates would be gone by the time I get to them. As far as jet blue, forget about vacation weeks. I prefer to fly them, and they usually have the best deals, but not on school vacation weeks. I have watched them for the last year and their vacation week fares usually start at $299 one way and never come down.

I missed 1/2 release on Airtran this weekend. I was away at my mom's and didn't get to the computer to check. They came out for $125 one way, but by the time I got to it, those fares were gone.:headache:

Jacksmom99
03-31-2008, 01:08 PM
We just booked for 12/24 - 1/2 on airtran direct from boston, and got slammed to the tune of $450 per person for four of us....never mind what i am paying on usairways in three weeks for april vacation....between this and the price of gas, i am about to tell my kids they are getting a disney trip for christmas and not much else:scared1:

I bet ONE season ticket to your favorite team could cover the cost of the flight......why don't you give your kids the choice....Dad's ticket vs Christmas gifts....hmmmmm:scratchin

lindakmonty
03-31-2008, 01:12 PM
are your dates flexible? I know I added a few days to our trip last Christmas to get cheaper fares. We flew SouthWest from Cleveland to Orlando for $322 total for 3 people!:woohoo: it was definitely worth changing dates a bit :yay:

dvc guy
03-31-2008, 02:22 PM
I have been watching flights back ( 1/2or 1/3) from MCO to NY for over a month and they all very high. I am NOT confident that JB or SW are going to offer any bargain with oil at 105 a barrel. There is a lot less capacity and seats are going to cost more. A some point I am going to have to bite the bullet.

JB has been been a bargain over Christmas.

KAPTink
03-31-2008, 02:35 PM
I have been watching and waiting myself. We're going 12/18-12/23. Airtran for IND to MCO has been over 200 pp each way. Last week, the non stop flights from MCO to IND on 12/23 dropped to $88, so I booked our trip home. Still waiting on something reasonable for the flight down. Maybe someone else can use these, too.

CarolA
03-31-2008, 02:47 PM
Delta went down today. I have been looking for the second wek of Dec and for the last two weeks it was $749 per person. Today is dropped to $439. Still way more then what we have paid for in the past.

Without knowing exact dates and locations... it's hard to say.

katiee511
03-31-2008, 03:03 PM
I have been watching and waiting myself. We're going 12/18-12/23. Airtran for IND to MCO has been over 200 pp each way. Last week, the non stop flights from MCO to IND on 12/23 dropped to $88, so I booked our trip home. Still waiting on something reasonable for the flight down. Maybe someone else can use these, too.

NWA has a one-way, non-stop on 12/18 for $110. You didn't say what a 'reasonable' price range was. :confused3 HTH

(we pd 219 for our RT on NWA)

Good Luck!

KAPTink
03-31-2008, 03:55 PM
That seems reasonable to me. As long as I can get rt for 200pp, I'm happy. it's a bit more than driving, but worth the extra to not drive!

vbarry
03-31-2008, 04:32 PM
I am trying to fly out of Bloomington, Illinois or St. Louis on Airtran either 12/23 or 12/25. I will pay extra for the direct flights but I am not paying $700 round trip. Hopefully something will change. I am going to try Indy.

Did I read somewhere that Airtran would refund your money if your fare goes down or is that Southwest?

katiee511
03-31-2008, 06:13 PM
I have read that SW does that, but may have started charging a change fee now?

Just an FYI we are flying IND to MCO (and return) 12/24 - 1/2 and I paid $219/rt on NWA.com. The price has gone up since then, but if my return was the following Mon (5th) it goes back down to 219.

Good Luck!

Echo queen
03-31-2008, 08:25 PM
I guess I will wait it out for SW for 12\21 to 1\2:headache: If I have to pay the big buck I prefer nonstop:rolleyes1 .

CarolA
03-31-2008, 08:38 PM
I am trying to fly out of Bloomington, Illinois or St. Louis on Airtran either 12/23 or 12/25. I will pay extra for the direct flights but I am not paying $700 round trip. Hopefully something will change. I am going to try Indy.

Did I read somewhere that Airtran would refund your money if your fare goes down or is that Southwest?

12/23 is going to be toughest. That's a busy travel day which reduces the need any airline to "give you a deal"

When's your return?

I believe AirTran will give a credit or refund BUT they charge you the change fee which is $75. So the fare has to decrease by MORE then $75 for you to see any cash

If you can fly SW wait until the day they release and then book IMMEDIATLELY. Don't wait on the "sale" You are going to Orlando at the single busiest time of the year. (if you need a rental car BOOK NOW, it's not unheard of for them to sell out!) This is a supply and demand thing and more people want to go to Orlando for Christmas meaning the airline is in the drivers seat of fares.

Echo queen
04-01-2008, 05:47 AM
12/23 is going to be toughest. That's a busy travel day which reduces the need any airline to "give you a deal"

When's your return?

I believe AirTran will give a credit or refund BUT they charge you the change fee which is $75. So the fare has to decrease by MORE then $75 for you to see any cash

If you can fly SW wait until the day they release and then book IMMEDIATLELY. Don't wait on the "sale" You are going to Orlando at the single busiest time of the year. (if you need a rental car BOOK NOW, it's not unheard of for them to sell out!) This is a supply and demand thing and more people want to go to Orlando for Christmas meaning the airline is in the drivers seat of fares.

Would you happen to know the date of release? Thanks

I booked my rental car Sunday night with enterprise, the rep said they are completly booked for most of the Christmas holiday :scared1: and he was glad he could still help me. He also gave me the internet rate:flower3: he was very nice and helpful, this will be our first time using enterpise. We will be picked up at CR and I will return it to MCO.princess: Any tips?:rolleyes1

kimmie
04-01-2008, 05:56 AM
We purchased tickets from ORD to MCO for 12/25-12/31 for $279 pp on United. DH had enough miles to get 2 seats too! (we have 7 people going);) Merry Christmas kids!

I have been watching the fares and since we booked about a month ago the price is still the same.

vbarry
04-01-2008, 07:18 AM
12/23 is going to be toughest. That's a busy travel day which reduces the need any airline to "give you a deal"

When's your return?

I believe AirTran will give a credit or refund BUT they charge you the change fee which is $75. So the fare has to decrease by MORE then $75 for you to see any cash

If you can fly SW wait until the day they release and then book IMMEDIATLELY. Don't wait on the "sale" You are going to Orlando at the single busiest time of the year. (if you need a rental car BOOK NOW, it's not unheard of for them to sell out!) This is a supply and demand thing and more people want to go to Orlando for Christmas meaning the airline is in the drivers seat of fares.

We are returning 1/2. We will fly out 12/23 if the inlaws do not have a fit and 12/25 if they do! I know I need to know the day we are flying out but I have not seen any real good fares especially for non-stop.

Anyone know when SW will go on sale. I really wish that had the resort check in.

CarolA
04-01-2008, 07:35 AM
We are returning 1/2. We will fly out 12/23 if the inlaws do not have a fit and 12/25 if they do! I know I need to know the day we are flying out but I have not seen any real good fares especially for non-stop.

Anyone know when SW will go on sale. I really wish that had the resort check in.

You need a decision NOW!

This is going to be a very very difficult period to get a deal on.

I am not sure when SW is opening but with this schedule do NOT wait on a sale. BOOK! I think you may have "missed your window" for the other airlines.

katiee511
04-01-2008, 07:48 AM
(if you need a rental car BOOK NOW, it's not unheard of for them to sell out!)

:scared1: okay, you definitely got my attention! I have left this detail until last, thinking I would find better deals closer to my dates, waiting for coupon offers, etc......... may have to get serious in my searching!
I NEVER rent cars so I don't have a ballpark figure to guide me on whether or not we find a good deal :confused3
I was much more confident about the range of airfare we could expect.
Any tips?? :surfweb:

katiee511
04-01-2008, 07:52 AM
We are returning 1/2. We will fly out 12/23 if the inlaws do not have a fit and 12/25 if they do! I know I need to know the day we are flying out but I have not seen any real good fares especially for non-stop.

Anyone know when SW will go on sale. I really wish that had the resort check in.

What is your price range for a 'good fare' ? What airports are you considering?
SW will release fares on 4/17 for travel thru Oct (I believe) so you can count on fares only being out 6 months before travel. :scared: and it sounds like everyone and their mother are waiting for those tickets!! :eek:

CarolA
04-01-2008, 08:00 AM
Remember the single busiest week at Disney is the week between Christmas and New Years...... It's also an overall incredibly busy travel time.

The combination means things get TIGHT! A few years ago we were doing the Disney Cruise and returning on something like 12/20 and planning to spend a few days at Disney before flying home. The rental car prices were so high it made more sense to rent a car and park it at the port for three days as that got me the "pre Christmas" deal. On about 12/19 the rates went up and don't come back down until 1/3 or so. Coupons etc are often blacked out.

My suggestiong book your rental car now. If you get lucky and find a better deal you can cancel, but this is one week when demand outstrips supply!

vbarry
04-01-2008, 08:01 AM
Found a good rate going out of Indy on Northwestern. Can anyone tell me real quick their cancellation policy and if they do the resort luggage and airline check in. thanks!

CarolA
04-01-2008, 08:08 AM
OK. On almost ALL airlines this there is no "refund" (SW may or may not be an exception)

If you book the airfares you see now for the price you like you are buying a non-refundable. It means just that.....

If you cancel or change you will be charged. Change fees range from $50 a ticket to $100 a ticket. If you cancel, you will have the credit (less the change fee) to use on a future ticket. Often ONLY the ticketed passenger can used the credit, that depends on the airline.


SW does not charge a change fee, but does have "credits" There have been reports of refunds, but the rules don't say they have to give them to you.

Now remember it makes NO difference which airline you take TOO the resort, they all get your luggage transported to Disney.

On the return I believe NW is a Resort Check in participating carrier. SW is not as of now.....

katiee511
04-01-2008, 08:24 AM
Remember the single busiest week at Disney is the week between Christmas and New Years...... It's also an overall incredibly busy travel time.

On about 12/19 the rates went up and don't come back down until 1/3 or so. Coupons etc are often blacked out.

My suggestiong book your rental car now. If you get lucky and find a better deal you can cancel, but this is one week when demand outstrips supply!

Thanks CarolA!!
we will be there during the single busiest week ;) due to schedules and we are expecting the huge crowds and waiting in lines.....

I will read the rental cancellation policies, since I am unfamiliar with them. Nice to know I won't lose out if a better deal comes along! I saw a rental a few weeks ago a bit over $200 and then most of them in the $500-600 range :scared: definitely won't spend more on a car that sits in a driveway to be used occassionally than I did for airfare! :laughing:

Jacksmom99
04-01-2008, 09:53 AM
Thanks CarolA!!
we will be there during the single busiest week ;) due to schedules and we are expecting the huge crowds and waiting in lines.....

I will read the rental cancellation policies, since I am unfamiliar with them. Nice to know I won't lose out if a better deal comes along! I saw a rental a few weeks ago a bit over $200 and then most of them in the $500-600 range :scared: definitely won't spend more on a car that sits in a driveway to be used occassionally than I did for airfare! :laughing:

I make 6-7 car reservations for each of my vacations. I doesn't cost anything to make and then cancel the reservation. I don't care if it goes down by 3 or 4 dollars, that's an extra snack in my book!

I found a mid-size car with Budget for 354 (for 12/24-1/2) using the Dis discount link on the main page. There are many codes and I was very overwhelmed by the car rental process when I first started renting. I signed up for Mousesavers and read all about the codes and coupons. I'm going to keep checking my car reservation for Christmas, but it's at a price I can live with right now.

katiee511
04-01-2008, 04:39 PM
Thanks Jacksmom!! :thumbsup2
I will start my searching and reserving now, knowing I can continue to change closer to our vacation.
If I find a better deal, I'll post it for you to check out!

Jestocost
04-01-2008, 05:06 PM
We were there for Xmas last year and I had very little trouble with tickets compared to what I am going through for Thanksgiving this year. It's a similar problem with the high demand for travel on a few specific days. AA out of STL is currently $802 per person (and hasn't been any lower than $678 since bookings were available) and that's at least three times more than the most we've paid in the past. I'm going to have to sweat out the SWA release date—probably not until June—for our dates and book immediately.

vbarry
04-01-2008, 05:48 PM
We were there for Xmas last year and I had very little trouble with tickets compared to what I am going through for Thanksgiving this year. It's a similar problem with the high demand for travel on a few specific days. AA out of STL is currently $802 per person (and hasn't been any lower than $678 since bookings were available) and that's at least three times more than the most we've paid in the past. I'm going to have to sweat out the SWA release date—probably not until June—for our dates and book immediately.

American was very high out of St. Louis but I saw the same out of Indy and Chicago. I am really surprised because there St. Louis rates are usually pretty good.

I usually fly Airtran but we shall see this time. Northwestern's rate looks good but I have to make the 3 hour trip to Indy.

Jacksmom99
04-01-2008, 09:04 PM
Thanks Jacksmom!! :thumbsup2
I will start my searching and reserving now, knowing I can continue to change closer to our vacation.
If I find a better deal, I'll post it for you to check out!

Thanks!
Some you may want to try (and keep trying)
Walmart code for alamo 430710 (extra driver is free).
If you belong to BJ's or Costco, check their websites for codes and coupons.
And check this board frequently....someone always posts a code or coupon.

Good luck!

Charleyann
04-02-2008, 05:14 AM
I have an almost two hundred dollar credit with Jetblue. So, can anyone guess how much a one way flight coming back from Orlando to Portland Maine might be?

Charleyann

Open up already!