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bytheblood
05-15-2005, 01:35 PM
I cannot believe the cost of airfare. I paid $178 plus taxes for my round-tip fare from DFW to MCO. If I bought it today for the same dates, it would be almost :earseek: $800 :earseek: with taxes!!! WOWSERS :earseek:

Miandrea
05-15-2005, 04:17 PM
Try flying out of Canada - the amount of tax we pay is incredible. Anytime I can get a flight from Toronto to Florida for $500 I think I'm getting a great deal!

bicker
05-15-2005, 04:26 PM
$800 is a little high for a leisure round-trip, but $200 is pretty darned low as compared to the cost of providing the service. Hopefully, they'll come up with a bit more stability going forward so that we don't get such extremes.

philaround
05-15-2005, 05:21 PM
I made flight reservations for this coming week back in March for DW & I and got them for 181.30R/Tx2 = 362.60. Around the 20th of April I checked the fares again and could not find anything under $700 for 2 tickets.

bytheblood
05-15-2005, 07:16 PM
I made flight reservations for this coming week back in March for DW & I and got them for 181.30R/Tx2 = 362.60. Around the 20th of April I checked the fares again and could not find anything under $700 for 2 tickets.


Exactly. I can handle $200, but I just could not imagine paying $800 for a ticket unless there was an emergency - and at that rate, I might consider driving.

DebbieB
05-15-2005, 08:02 PM
The flights are probably full, all the cheaper seats are gone. According to your counter, you are 18 days away, airfares usually go up at 21 days, 14 days & then 7 days to hit the last minute business traveler.

bytheblood
05-15-2005, 08:23 PM
The flights are probably full, all the cheaper seats are gone. According to your counter, you are 18 days away, airfares usually go up at 21 days, 14 days & then 7 days to hit the last minute business traveler.


You could be right, however 5 - 6 months ago they were still $500.00. I don't think that it is time, so much as fuel and economy.

I have bought tickets in the past (before fuel prices were being jacked up) and found that the tickets were cheaper as there were fewer scattered seats available. I bought a plane ticket at the end of November to fly to NY for $198 on AA...at Christmastime. :earseek: Guess those days are long gone. :)

dizagain
05-15-2005, 08:58 PM
hi!

Just wanted to say that we just got our plane tickets last Monday for our May 25th trip...I feel like we did really well and didn't deserve it!

We got two roundtrip tickets from DFW to MCO for $180 each. We are also using one promo ticket and one frequent flier miles ticket on this trip, so with the taxes/fees on those plus our other tickets, it came in under $500 total.

We did have to take VERY early flights because of the freebies...6:15 and 6:45 a.m....oh well, I'm going to WDW in ten days!!!!! :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :banana: :banana: :cheer2:

Ready to go in Ok
05-15-2005, 09:03 PM
We had to postpone our trip due to health reasons, and to rebook tickets is going to cost us about $50 more per ticket. With 5 people, that is a lot for us. But what are you gonna do? Not a lot of viable options. :confused3

jackskellingtonsgirl
05-15-2005, 11:56 PM
We bought a round trip ticket from DFW to MCO last November (for a flight in January) and it was $215 total. The price really didn't move much after that, until the fuel hikes hit. The three tickets for October 2005 that WOULD have been $632 back in January cost us $722 because of the fuel increases. We decided we better go ahead and get them before they went any higher. So at 5 months prior to departure the tickets are about $240 for round trip, non-stop on American departing Friday evening and returning Sunday morning.

I did get an e-mail from Travelocity for flights mid-May/early June for $163 + tax but they were Tuesday and Wednesday departures and the rates didn't last very long. A couple of days after the first e-mail I got another showing a jump of $40 per ticket.

I guess if my tickets are up to $800 apiece by the time we are ready to go then that $240 will look pretty good! :)

the kabuki
06-18-2005, 04:27 PM
I know I've been surprised at the cost of tixs.
Jan 2005 from DTW to MCO was $160 p/person
Jan 2006 is at $267 p/person!!
Yikes, hoping they may go down a bit later on this year.

guyzmom
06-18-2005, 05:22 PM
I'm going crazy too! I can't decide whether to go ahead and book now (AA DFW to MCO for $250 a ticket) or wait and see if the fares go down.

Mady/Sophiemom
06-18-2005, 05:46 PM
Going nuts w/ the rest of you. We are looking at $50- $100 more per ticket for early December. Thats a LOT of $$.

Hoping for some deals soon, or we may have to rethink things.

daisy_77
06-18-2005, 05:48 PM
It is getting a little ridiculous...we paid almost $800 rt for me and my DH to fly from Boise to Orlando at the end of November 2005. Last year, we flew out to Atlanta (w/short notice) and it cost us $500 rt. It seems that security and increased gas costs are really expensive. That is the price we pay for safety. I guess, in the end, it's worth it. :flower:
January princess:

bicker
06-18-2005, 06:22 PM
I'm not sure it is the cost of security, really. Operating an airline is expensive, especially with older aircraft and lots of pilots with lots of seniority! It's not clear that the airlines have been charging enough to cover those costs, for many years now. The pressure from the airlines with smaller debt loads and lighter labor burdens have distorted our collective sense of how much it should cost to fly.

Laurajean1014
06-18-2005, 06:25 PM
If you are trying to book more than 90 days out, you will probably get a big number. The closer you book to your departure date (and the less full the plane is) the airlines start to drastically reduce.

Think of the same scenerio as retail - at preseason, the cost for a shirt is full price - roughly 400% above what the department store paid. However, by end of season, that same shirt that was say $100 is now $25 with 50% off.

:teeth:

4formickey
06-18-2005, 06:37 PM
Friday, June17, the price for a barrel of oil closed at $57+ . Until the price of oil fall, everything will stay high. A plane holds more than 13 gallons of fuel so they must pass the cost to someone. The key to tickets now is to book early and book fast because you do not know whats around the corner.

marcyinPA
06-18-2005, 06:54 PM
I was thrilled when I got Dinged by SW for PHL to MCO for $146 and change round trip! That's for the end of Sept til the beginning of Oct.

That's the cheapest we've EVER flown to Disney. I usually go by the "under $250 is good" rule of thumb .

Danauk
06-18-2005, 07:11 PM
Try flying from England. Our trip at Christmas cost us $1320 per person (there are 4 of us going on the trip.) I checked the prices again today and they have gone up again. As we are going at Christmas we can't chance getting flights nearer the time as they will fill up soon.

Miss Kelly
06-18-2005, 07:18 PM
Try flying from England. Our trip at Christmas cost us $1320 per person (there are 4 of us going on the trip.)

WoW! :earseek:

PatsGirl
06-18-2005, 08:04 PM
Double WOOW. No, Triple WOOW. For that amount of money.... OMG, I think I'm getting flamed :rotfl: No, really, for that amout of money have you thought about African Safaris, weeks at Prince Edwards Island with a maid and chauffeur?

Maybe it's just me but we go to WDW because:

l. We love it

2. The kids love it

3. It keeps the kids amused

4. Airfare is usually around $175 rt pp

5. The weather is considerably better than the NE regardless what time of year

6. The kids love it

7. The kids love it

8. We love it.

Would I spend that kind of $$ to visit Mickey? Once, yes. Twice, Not on your life! Well, maybe -- with Grandkids!

CarolA
06-18-2005, 09:55 PM
If you are trying to book more than 90 days out, you will probably get a big number. The closer you book to your departure date (and the less full the plane is) the airlines start to drastically reduce.

Think of the same scenerio as retail - at preseason, the cost for a shirt is full price - roughly 400% above what the department store paid. However, by end of season, that same shirt that was say $100 is now $25 with 50% off.

:teeth:


But it does not normally work this way in the airline industry. There are normally not a lot of "last minute fare sales" except over holidays etc. Just to give you a for instance, buying 21 days in advance airfare from Nashville to Atlanta is about $250 or so... buying a few days in advance over $800!!!! (and NO there are no deals!) Airlines make their proft off of folks like me who buy last minute and PAY, they don't want to discount that airfare.

disboy21086
06-18-2005, 10:20 PM
I saved $100 total roundtrip by booking a couple weeks ago.... The Delta Flights NonStop from Boston are now at over $500.

Originally I wanted to leave on July 3rd so i could be therre the whole day for the 4th, and not worry about parks reaching capacity etc....... but here's the difference in price for leaving on the actual holiday.

$810 total roundtrip If I chose to leave on the Sunday. No Thank you I'll gladly take my $400 and spend it on passes etc......

Danauk
06-19-2005, 06:02 AM
Perhaps I should have added that we are traveling with friends who own DVC points so we pay for the flights and they sort out the accomodation. It works out pretty even for us then. DH and I are teachers so can only go on holiday at peak times. We have visited most European counties so our holidays now tend to be further away (America, Australia) so we are used to having to pay those sort of air fare prices. I guess that is why we only have a holiday like that every 2 years and not each year.
Just out of interest it would cost us a similar amount to go to Disney Land Paris as the accomodation there is so expensive (it cost us nearly the same amount to spend 5 days there last year as it did to spend 2 week in the BCV the year before!!)

erikthewise
06-19-2005, 02:49 PM
There seems to be a lot of this going on lately. If you are interested in personally saving an airline from bankruptcy, go ahead and buy. $800 for tickets that typically cost $200-$300 is not justified by fuel costs, security, or any combination of other factors. It's simply an attempt to get the most they can from people who (for whatever reason) will pay it. Booking early is not always the answer, as sometimes they are targeting people who want to buy early!

While this is sometimes caused by seats filling up, often it is not. I have seen this kind of predatory pricing on Delta when all legs of the trip were more than half empty. I don't mean to pick on Delta, it's just that on their site you can access the seating charts without committing to buy a ticket.

They cannot (typically) fill a plane with $800 tickets. If they could, the airline industry would be rolling in money. At some point they will offer tickets at a reasonable price. But if the flight is only a few weeks away, you may have missed it.

bicker
06-19-2005, 03:38 PM
At some point they will offer tickets at a reasonable price.Well reasonable could mean different things, depending on perspective. As it is, "offering tickets at a 'reasonable' price" is not the only option: They could go into bankruptcy, and subsequently go out of business. It still seems likely that one of the six will.

beccasmom
06-19-2005, 03:44 PM
I can't really complain. We have not paid over $200 for a WDW trip in several years.....of course having SW at PHL helps a lot! $158-$178 is the norm for us; Christmas would be an obvious exception.

CarolA
06-19-2005, 04:32 PM
They cannot (typically) fill a plane with $800 tickets. If they could, the airline industry would be rolling in money. At some point they will offer tickets at a reasonable price. But if the flight is only a few weeks away, you may have missed it.


I agree with this. And they WILL leave those seats empty on the hope that business travelers like me (who don't have a choice) will walk up and buy that $800 airfare. So... even if they only sell half of their unsold seats at the "walk up" rate, they may still make more money then if they had sold all of them at $69 each way!

bballdiva
06-19-2005, 04:48 PM
Try southwest if your looking for a good deal on tickets. I just paid 350 round trip for me and my boyfriend for the end of Oct. I thought it was a very good deal,that was flying outta rhode island

Pluto2003
06-19-2005, 08:55 PM
$59. each way on Airtran when they had a special sale out of DFW. Not going to happen this year. I might sign up for Travelocity e mails also. $168 sounds like a deal from DFW this year.......... :)

m&m's mom
06-19-2005, 10:07 PM
Well, here at DFW we just don't have a lot of competition.
When Delta was here full force, between 1999 and 2004 I never paid more than $180 RT NS and as low as $112. Now you are doing very well to get it under $200.
I fear the days of around $150-180 are gone. That combined w/ the stupid new AP discount (or lack thereof) will sharply reduce our trip, time and $ spent at WDW.

IStoleMyKidsPins
06-20-2005, 08:23 AM
For the past several weeks, my DW & I debated about getting away for a nice, long weekend. We figured maybe we'd drive to Disney. It's a 16-17 hour drive for us from PA, but we've done it several times & we hate to fly. That being said, if we drove, we'd leave Fri 2am & get there about Fri 6pm. We'd have Sat & Sun in the parks. And then drive back Monday afternoon, stay over in NC, and arrive home sometime Tuesday pm. That means taking 3 days off of work & only having 2 days in the parks. Not very relaxing. But the cost would have been in the $200-$250 range total for gas, hotel, food, etc. Very attractive compared to alot of airfares, plus the fact we hate to fly. But I figured I'd just look into airfares. Seemed like the common price for Philly to Orlando round-trip was approx $375 for both of us. Not that bad. Then I read on the DIS about SW's Ding fares. Signed up for the program. Nothing good yet though for us. But, then we rec'd an email advertising their fare specials. Low & behold, there were specials for flights to & from Baltimore. So I checked it out & the special they were running made our total roundtrip tix, taxes, fees, etc for both of us only $233!!! So I sucked it up, ignored my tremendous fear of flying & booked it. {We'll cross the fear of flying bridge when we get to it}. So now it's actually cheaper for us to fly than drive. And the best part is that I still take 3 days off from work, but now have 4 full days in the parks instead of only 2. And no half-day recuperating time from all that driving. In 2 1/2 weeks, we'll be down with the Mouse enjoying some much needed time off. :bounce: :bounce: :banana: :banana: