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stahshee
01-03-2009, 04:15 PM
I have been looking for air fair for us for Oct ,and I can not find any thing ,under 210 per person ect. Also the ones I find are not direct flight either..Can someone help me. I have even went to airports up to 3 hours away.... Im looking to go out of Rochester N.Y

uva185
01-03-2009, 04:33 PM
Well frankly $210 is not a "crazy" airfare. However I think you are trying to purchase your airfare too far in advance. The current lowest fare from ROC-MCO is about $140 but is only valid thru April 30th. If you wait airlines will offer lower prices for your date of travel.

Tozzie
01-03-2009, 04:39 PM
I have been looking for air fair for us for Oct ,and I can not find any thing ,under 210 per person ect. Also the ones I find are not direct flight either..Can someone help me. I have even went to airports up to 3 hours away.... Im looking to go out of Rochester N.Y

If $210 is "crazy" what do you consider reasonable? I fly out of JFK or LGA and flights are aound $218-$228 and I consider that reasonable. After I got my first full time job and thus my first vacation 20 years ago, I took my mother to WDW and strange as it seems I remember the cost of the plane tickets were $138 RT each person, in the past 20 years everything has risen in price so I would expect airline tickets to do the same.

debster812
01-03-2009, 04:40 PM
I also don't think that $210 for a flight from the Northeast to Florida is 'crazy'. We've been spoiled for many years with airfare that is very much underpriced, and undervalued.

Are you flying around Columbus Day weekend? I know that all the schools in my state have that Monday off, and many school systems go half day Thursday, day off Friday, so it can make for a nice long weekend, and the airlines know that.

We are paying $228 each for a non-stop/round trip flight on JetBlue from Boston to Orlando and back again. These tickets were booked in June, and have not really ever gone down, and one leg keeps going up. We're flying at less than great times (8pm to 11pm both ways), but the price was terrific.

Have you tried searching on Kayak for your dates/times? They show all fares with the exception of Southwest, and might be a good way for you to compare.

lisadr
01-03-2009, 04:42 PM
I agrre with UVA abotu buying to far in advance. Try keeping on eye on them and look at the fares on Mon,Tues, & Wed-I have no idea why, but when I go to the airline websites on those days I notice unadvertised sale fares.

Alexander
01-03-2009, 04:45 PM
Hold your hat on! You are looking too early to fly from ROC. AirTran and JetBlue are your best bets for ROC to MCO for prices and direct flights. They haven't (as far as I know) released their dates for Oct. yet. Oct. is a very slow month for flights out of ROC so you'll find something in the $74 to $99 (one-way) range on a direct flight.

I fly out of Rochester into Orlando between 4 and 5 times a year. Trust me, you'll get a good rate on a direct flight with AirTran or JetBlue, but Oct. is too far away to be looking just yet.

stahshee
01-03-2009, 04:50 PM
:lmao: thank you all so much1 I will just save my money and wait.. I have been blessed and I have never paid over 200 with taxes per person(6 of us) ok I will wait:cloud9:

cheerful chickadee
01-03-2009, 07:09 PM
I'd wait til jetblue or airtran release their schedules. We fly out of ROC also, we're taking jetblue to Orlando (MCO) at $72 per seat, non-stop. We're flying back with airtran, again $72 per seat, non stop flight. The total cost for 3 adults is $531 including all taxes and fees including the cost to choose our seats on airtran's return flight. We only take non-stop flights as it's easier on the kids and I hate layovers.

CantWaitToGo2007
01-03-2009, 07:18 PM
I would love to find flights for $210 a piece! We are looking at about $400 each for tickets. If anyone knows of a site that sells cheap tickets from Seattle to MCO please let me know :goodvibes

pooksma
01-03-2009, 07:28 PM
Not to hijack but on the airtran note. When do they release their summer fares?
We are also flying from the Northeast and if you think you guys have it bad...you should see the price of flights from New Brunswick!:rotfl: Current prices are 2700 for 3 of us!

stone1061
01-03-2009, 08:33 PM
Im in the same boat. I am traveling from Philly to MCO or TPA the week of April 14th...the flight out on Tuesday I can get as low as $59. The flight back is about $145 and higher to come back on Sunday. Im driving if the flights dont come down so I can hold out till the last minute :thumbsup2
Im hoping to fly...I dread the drive but with the gas prices I say screw the airlines...Im not paying those prices but I do stalk southwest, farechase, farecast, airtran DAILY!!! :surfweb:

ruadisneyfan2
01-03-2009, 09:17 PM
Im in the same boat. I am traveling from Philly to MCO or TPA the week of April 14th...the flight out on Tuesday I can get as low as $59. The flight back is about $145 and higher to come back on Sunday. Im driving if the flights dont come down so I can hold out till the last minute :thumbsup2
Im hoping to fly...I dread the drive but with the gas prices I say screw the airlines...Im not paying those prices but I do stalk southwest, farechase, farecast, airtran DAILY!!! :surfweb:


Really, your prices are not bad at all. That's the week after Easter so it would be expected that fares are higher than avg. If you could return on the Monday, you could probably get better fares going home. Sunday returns are always high.

danielle.st
01-03-2009, 10:03 PM
I agree with others who have flown out of ROC. Unless it's a holiday time, you will get much cheaper flights with Airtran and Jetblue.
We flew on Airtran and it was a really good experience.

kaytieeldr
01-03-2009, 10:54 PM
Really? GIven what it costs the airlines to fly per passenger, $204 round trip is entirely reasonable.

maxiesmom
01-04-2009, 07:13 AM
I only wish I could fly out of my local airport for $210 a person. Even Allegiant Air is $224 for the dates I need, and that is $200 per person chepaer than anyone else.

I agree with the others. You need to wait a bit before buying your tickets.

SamanthaL
01-04-2009, 08:27 AM
Oh I would be careful about waiting to book. I tried that in 2007. Jetblue started out about $94 each way. I waited to see if it would go down. Within 3 days it went UP and kept going UP. It is a crap shoot and prices can go either way. Waiting doesn't mean cheaper in my experience.

I agree about trying Jetblue though. I am waiting to for October as well. I will say that $210 isn't a bad price at all.

kaytieeldr
01-04-2009, 02:01 PM
JetBlue actually isn't a crapshoot. Other than a sale, their published policy is, once a fare bucket sells out, they do not reduce the prices - say I buy my tickets at $100, and those are the last tickets at that price. Other people pay $125. I cancel. You go to buy tickets; you would expect to get 'my' $100 (not that you would know they exist, but in this example we know everything ;)) fare. Nope. You pay $125.

That's just their policy, and it is available on their site. Hold on, I have it open... okay, this http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webisapi.dll/,/?St=28,E=0000000000021627540,K=278,Sxi=4,Case=obj( 1813)#s1 is the closest I could find for now
"Advertised and Lowest Fares
While our regular low fares are available throughout the year, we periodically offer
lower sale fares. We encourage you to book your reservation as early as possible
in order to take advantage of those special fares.

We begin selling seats on each flight at the lowest fare offered. When all seats
offered at that fare have been purchased, the next lower fare becomes available.
When booking online at jetblue.com, or through 1-800-JETBLUE, your first
quote is always the lowest fare available.
Fares are advertised and quoted one-way per Customer.
Because we are an instant purchase airline, all seats are sold on a first-come,
first-served basis. "

can
01-04-2009, 03:42 PM
We are also trying to find "reasonable" airfare for four of us out of Chicago on 3/20 returning 3/27 or 3/28. Unfortunately, due to work and high school schedules we are limited to the days we can fly. I think I have come to terms with the fact we won't ever see airfares under $200 rt anymore, but $350 to $650 is just more than we can handle. What I am trying to figure out is if some of these flights only have say 10-15 seats sold and 75% of the seats open, do they come down with their airfares closer to travel dates? If they do come down, at what time frame--say a few weeks before or a month before?

This is really hard, we are very spoiled at doing our annual trip to WDW over our "spring" break and have for many years. Between the cost of airfare, lodging, and park tickets; it just seems out of reach this year. Is anyone else struggling with this, or maybe it's just us?

Teacher510
01-04-2009, 04:04 PM
What is the latest I should wait for a good fare before I just buy before I am left with nothing? Our trip is June 20-27. :confused3 We usually fly Continental out of Newark.

SamanthaL
01-04-2009, 05:26 PM
JetBlue actually isn't a crapshoot. Other than a sale, their published policy is, once a fare bucket sells out, they do not reduce the prices - say I buy my tickets at $100, and those are the last tickets at that price. Other people pay $125. I cancel. You go to buy tickets; you would expect to get 'my' $100 (not that you would know they exist, but in this example we know everything ;)) fare. Nope. You pay $125.

That's just their policy, and it is available on their site. Hold on, I have it open... okay, this http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webisapi.dll/,/?St=28,E=0000000000021627540,K=278,Sxi=4,Case=obj( 1813)#s1 is the closest I could find for now
"Advertised and Lowest Fares
While our regular low fares are available throughout the year, we periodically offer
lower sale fares. We encourage you to book your reservation as early as possible
in order to take advantage of those special fares.

We begin selling seats on each flight at the lowest fare offered. When all seats
offered at that fare have been purchased, the next lower fare becomes available.
When booking online at jetblue.com, or through 1-800-JETBLUE, your first
quote is always the lowest fare available.
Fares are advertised and quoted one-way per Customer.
Because we are an instant purchase airline, all seats are sold on a first-come,
first-served basis. "

Right. THis is what I meant. It is myth that waiting longer to book means getting lower prices. On Jetblue that isn't the case UNLESS you are lucky to find a sale for your dates and I NEVER EVER do. So knowing this i book the day they release.

hgbluesparkles
01-04-2009, 08:48 PM
We are also trying to find "reasonable" airfare for four of us out of Chicago on 3/20 returning 3/27 or 3/28. Unfortunately, due to work and high school schedules we are limited to the days we can fly. I think I have come to terms with the fact we won't ever see airfares under $200 rt anymore, but $350 to $650 is just more than we can handle. What I am trying to figure out is if some of these flights only have say 10-15 seats sold and 75% of the seats open, do they come down with their airfares closer to travel dates? If they do come down, at what time frame--say a few weeks before or a month before?

We're traveling the same days as you but from a different city and got a good price from Airtran so I took a look for you and it seems that they are booking for as little as $81 on the trip back to Chicago and $169 on the way to Orlando. That's $250 pp without taxes so not too bad. Good luck! :goodvibes

deide71
01-04-2009, 09:11 PM
I'm a habitual Kayak cruiser. Airfare from MSP to MCO is rarely as cheap as those on the east coast seem to get, but I somehow got RT air form MSP to MCO on American for $124 pp. I was really only toying with the idea of a trip for spring break, but for that price I HAD to book!

UrsulasShadow
01-04-2009, 09:27 PM
Gotta say, I like the looks of $210 per person round trip. That's about what I had last month, and although I saw a few flights that went slightly lower, most were substantially higher.

kaytieeldr
01-04-2009, 09:35 PM
Right. THis is what I meant. It is myth that waiting longer to book means getting lower prices. On Jetblue that isn't the case UNLESS you are lucky to find a sale for your dates and I NEVER EVER do. So knowing this i book the day they release.
Yeah. I was in Las Vegas for vacation; one of my brothers lives there, and another one diverted there on his way to LA while I was already visiting. He told me that for nine hours the previous Friday (ie while I did not have either computer access or local-to-home news access) JetBlue announced they were the official airline of the Boston Red Sox and had an AMAZING fare sale.

I always miss out on those, too.

Pattymouse
01-19-2009, 01:51 PM
Hi all,

I just purchased 4 tickets flying Newark to Orlando arriving Saturday 5/16/09 and departing Saturday 5/23/09. Out flight departs at 8:20am going down, and 1:55pm coming home. Our Continental Airlines fare was $228.00 pp with a total with taxes for the four of us at $996.00.

I could not take the pressure of the price fluctuations. I saw want I need at flight times that worked for us and just went for it! I do not know if I could have gotten a cheaper fare by waiting, but we are in our fifties, and taking our 7 and 5 year old grandchildren, and I wanted to make sure we all sit together.

I think the fare I paid could be worse. Do you think I made a mistake? :confused3

Pat

can
01-19-2009, 01:58 PM
Pat,

I think your airfare is very reasonable for each, it comes out to $249 pp with taxes included. Especially for traveling a Sat. to Sat. What frustrated me is the airfare amounts of $350 to $650 pp when we need to travel, 3/20 thru 3/27. For a family of four, it was just too much for us when you added it to everything else. So, needless to say, we are sitting out our first spring break to WDW in many years. Makes us sad.........

You got a great rate, don't second guess yourself. And, you will have a marvelous time with those grandkids!

Teacher510
01-19-2009, 04:31 PM
Hi all,

I just purchased 4 tickets flying Newark to Orlando arriving Saturday 5/16/09 and departing Saturday 5/23/09. Out flight departs at 8:20am going down, and 1:55pm coming home. Our Continental Airlines fare was $228.00 pp with a total with taxes for the four of us at $996.00.

I could not take the pressure of the price fluctuations. I saw want I need at flight times that worked for us and just went for it! I do not know if I could have gotten a cheaper fare by waiting, but we are in our fifties, and taking our 7 and 5 year old grandchildren, and I wanted to make sure we all sit together.

I think the fare I paid could be worse. Do you think I made a mistake? :confused3

Pat

That's better than I did for June from Newark . I took the info about Jet Blue not lowering prices except for a sale and got tix for $598 after tax,etc. for DD and me.We leave at 7:30 AM and come back at 7:30 PM. Continental had limited flights for the times I wanted and they were going up and were around $400 before tax and fees. I didn't want to chance it either and since I heard good things about Jet Blue I went for it. School will be out when I go so I didn't think I'd do that well. Have a great time!:)