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Old 07-01-2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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How far out do you buy airfare to get the best deal?

We're headed to The World 11/29-12/5. We've flown Airtran the last 2 years as part of a package deal with free dining so I've never purchased airfare seperately before. We were trying to decide who to fly with, Airtran or Southwest, and last week when SW released their rates 11/29 was $119 non-stop and now the same flight is $224 Of course now I'm kicking myself for not purchasing the flights last week but do you think they'll go down again? I'm so confused
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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I just purchased tickets on airtran for december and january and got great deals. I think that it is still pretty early, so I would watch the fares for awhile before buying anything.
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:42 AM   #3
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I waited too late to get the best deal on Airtran...so I I booked with Southwest. My trip is 12/25 - 1/1.
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:30 PM   #4
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I'm wondering about booking early too. I don't know if we should wait to book or take what's out there right now. We're not going until Dec. but I just don't want flights to go up!
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Old 07-05-2009, 02:16 PM   #5
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It has always seemed to me that you have to go early OR late. I usually watch for the new batch of Southwest fares to be released, and that's a great time to grab them. From there, they'll go up and down without reason until you're in the last month before the flight - then, they'll go way down just to fill the seats. I usually grab them as soon as they're released, then watch "ding" and/or the regular site for the cost to go down; then I switch over. That way, I've got something at a decent rate, but have time to switch when it drops. If I wait until later, there may not be anything available that excites me enough to grab.
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Old 07-05-2009, 02:23 PM   #6
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I just booked for late October. I fly JetBlue, so when I see what I feel is a good price, I take it. If it goes down, I get a credit to use within the next year on another JetBlue flight.
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:21 PM   #7
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That is the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, correct? That is an incredibly busy travel day. Flights MAY go down but demand will be very high for that day so I would buy anything you can live with. If you try and wait for lower fares you could get very burned. The majority of people who travel that weekend do so to visit family and know their plans months in advance and purchase the tickets early eating up all the cheap fares.

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Old 07-05-2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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As soon as the airlines allow me to book, that's when I usually take care of our airfare. Only once did I get burned where the price dropped significantly, but most times I am way ahead because the price never goes back down. We even get lucky with real early booking and get first class for the same price or less than what others are paying for coach. I bought our October and Christmas airfare back in April & May.
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:34 PM   #9
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Any tips of finding the cheapest fares?
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:47 PM   #10
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So we are thinking about a trip to DL next May. My question would be when can I expect to start seeing the prices released for that time frame?

We usually drive to WDW so this will be our first time in DL and the first time to fly for my kids (I use the term loosely as the youngest will be 17 at the time).

Any input would be appreciated.

Oh yes another question, are airfare tickets firm and not refundable and paid for at the time of purchase? With our car rental I can reserve and pay at the time I return. Don't really have any experience with airfare!
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So we are thinking about a trip to DL next May. My question would be when can I expect to start seeing the prices released for that time frame?
It depends on the airline. Southwest is booking through January 2010 right now, Spirit (which I use a lot) is booking through April 2010. Each airline varies. Your best bet is just to keep checking the ones your interested in/close to.


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Oh yes another question, are airfare tickets firm and not refundable and paid for at the time of purchase? With our car rental I can reserve and pay at the time I return. Don't really have any experience with airfare!
That's too depends on the airline and the type of ticket you buy. Some are refundable, but will cost you more because of that. Others will issue you a credit if you have to cancel, but no money back. You really have to read the fine print when booking to know what their policies are. I don't know of any airline tickets that you can reserve without paying for right away...maybe there is some airline that does that, but I haven't heard of one.
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Old 07-05-2009, 06:39 PM   #12
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For our trip in Oct 2008 I bought our tickets in Feb 2008. We flew on AirTran and I paid $176/person, non-stop flights.
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We're headed to The World 11/29-12/5. We've flown Airtran the last 2 years as part of a package deal with free dining so I've never purchased airfare seperately before. We were trying to decide who to fly with, Airtran or Southwest, and last week when SW released their rates 11/29 was $119 non-stop and now the same flight is $224 Of course now I'm kicking myself for not purchasing the flights last week but do you think they'll go down again? I'm so confused
I book as soon as possible. Both Jet Blue and Southwest will give an adjustment if rates drop. (Not an outright refund, but credit towards a future flight.)
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Any tips of finding the cheapest fares?
Read the tips on mousesavers.com and thedis.com homepage.
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