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Old 01-04-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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June airfare - WOW!

We're considering a trip to WDW in June for the last SW weekend. However, I was shocked at how high the prices are for airfare! We've never flown in June before. Are these prices typical for June travel? I don't want to mention this trip to the 2 boys (our 11 yr old grandsons) that we're hoping to take, since I'm afraid it will just get them excited about a trip that we won't do. Would we be better off to plan ahead for next year and book our air earlier? OR are high prices the norm for June travel?

Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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We're considering a trip to WDW in June for the last SW weekend. However, I was shocked at how high the prices are for airfare! We've never flown in June before. Are these prices typical for June travel? I don't want to mention this trip to the 2 boys (our 11 yr old grandsons) that we're hoping to take, since I'm afraid it will just get them excited about a trip that we won't do. Would we be better off to plan ahead for next year and book our air earlier? OR are high prices the norm for June travel?

Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I booked my airfare for June 2013 in July 2012. I'm pretty sure the tickets were ~$100 more expensive than my June trip in 2010.

It's hard to say whether you're seeing normal prices without giving a price. What you consider outlandish might be normal.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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On SW, OMA to MCO, the days I'm looking at are $279 and $283 each way for our usual flight times. (one return flight was close to $350..one way!) As a reference, this past Sept they were $108 and $120 each way.

There were a few cheaper flights, but they involved arriving at MCO after 11:00 PM, which is not something I want to do alone with the 2 boys. Not to mention that ME wouldn't be getting our bags if we arrive that late.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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SWA airfare seems to be high at the moment. I looked at airfare yesterday into Houston (to catch another Disney cruise out of Galveston in 2 months!) Current airfare is double what we paid just 3 months ago for our December cruise.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:25 PM   #5
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On SW, OMA to MCO, the days I'm looking at are $279 and $283 each way for our usual flight times. (one return flight was close to $350..one way!) As a reference, this past Sept they were $108 and $120 each way.

There were a few cheaper flights, but they involved arriving at MCO after 11:00 PM, which is not something I want to do alone with the 2 boys. Not to mention that ME wouldn't be getting our bags if we arrive that late.
Based on your reference, I'd target $175 one way. September I would expect to be less than June. I wouldn't expect June to be two to three times as much though.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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Watch the flights, they should come down. We were pricing flights for February, they started around $450-485 roundtrip, and a couple of months later we got them for $210 roundtrip. We'll be there in six weeks!
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I was just thinking the exact same thing about airfare in June from Chicago to Orlando. Yowza!!! I usually buy six months out for other trips and get decent prices, but I haven't bought to Orlando before. Those prices about made me fall out of my chair! From Chicago, they are currently a little over $400 a person.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:48 PM   #8
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I was just thinking the exact same thing about airfare in June from Chicago to Orlando. Yowza!!! I usually buy six months out for other trips and get decent prices, but I haven't bought to Orlando before. Those prices about made me fall out of my chair! From Chicago, they are currently a little over $400 a person.
Not sure of your dates, but check out AirTran. Just checked and some of the flights weren't to bad. Oh and I was looking at flying out of Midway.
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Airtrain was slightly cheaper for the first week of June, thanks! I did just read in a few places to wait until 3-4 months before hand for the cheapest rates. I think I may keep checking in and see what happens over the next month?
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:26 PM   #10
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I have a sinking feeling we will all be paying through the nose for flights in 2013! I'm not sure what my "straw that breaks the camel's back" price will be, though, because we truly enjoy our annual trip
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:18 AM   #11
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We just booked our trip for end of April, and found the same thing. Flights going out of Boston to MCO were horrifically expensive, and the flight times/paths were miserable (most were requiring at least 1 layover with a total travel time close to 8 hrs).

This probably isn't an option for you, since you are using ME, but we actually found flights out of/into different airports to be significantly less expensive. We'll be flying out of Portland, ME and into Tampa. The flight times are awesome (just what we were looking for) and for the two of us, we're saving about $400 in airfare.

We were planning on renting a car anyhow, and we've also found that renting in Tampa is $200 less for the week than renting from MCO.

Good luck with your flight search!
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:46 AM   #12
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I just booked with Delta, direct flights out of NY at the end of June, for $200 a ticket!

(I had a $500 credit with them, so I had too use Delta!)
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Spirit Air

We travel Spirit Air Det to Orlando and in March we are going Chicago to Orlando.. If you travel on a tues or wed, you get the better prices. We are traveling in March for $69 each way.. with taxes and 2 bags both ways ended up being $640 for 4!!
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Don't forget, if you travel via AirTran, you will need to add on the fee to your ticket price if you want to sit together (fee is for seat assignments). Something to consider when comparing prices.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #15
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Oh, and I too was looking for tickets for the end of June and also found them to be higher than I had hoped for
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