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Old 02-15-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Booking flights-How early do you?

Most likely going in late October. How early do you book your flights for the best price?
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:48 AM   #2
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We are going the last week in September and I booked the outbound leg of our flights today. SW had Wanna Get Away for $115. When we went last summer I booked in June and paid $170 rt.

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Old 02-16-2013, 03:03 AM   #3
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We bought ours already for October. We like Saturday flights (am down and pm going back). Those flights can get expensive.

Jet Blue from NJ for $255 round trip. Jet Blue includes a free checked bag, free seat selection, free carry on, free snacks, and each seat has a TV. We had a credit from last October for $22/person, so flight was $233.

I would suggest buying now if you see a decent price and add trip insurance.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:25 AM   #4
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For trips around holidays I book early - we have our outbound flights for Thanksgiving already $90 one way on United
I try to book all flight before summer begins
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:39 AM   #5
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I search as soon as flights are released on each airline. I booked when I find a price that I am happy with. I know that prices might drop but at the same time, they can go up.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:50 AM   #6
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As soon as SW opens up I will book at least the going down flight. We go to WDW for Halloween and this year SW opens up on 3/4 for travel until 11/1. We are leaving on 10/31 so I'll book when it opens. They seem to be the cheapest fares when it opens but I do watch to see if the price drops through DING and then change the flights and take the credit. At least I know that we are on the flight that we want and it helps with budgeting airfare also.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:58 AM   #7
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I've heard flights are cheapest six weeks out, and in my experience this has been true. So, usually in that range.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:03 AM   #8
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I booked early this time (we are going in August). When I saw flights under $300 pp out of JFK I grabbed them. And they've gone up since.

I actually purchased my tix for May (also to Orlando) after the ones for August and got a great price, also under $300 pp.

It helps if you can get an idea of what is a typical price for your area and then when you see a good deal, grab it!
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I've heard flights are cheapest six weeks out, and in my experience this has been true. So, usually in that range.
None of these old "rules" hold true any longer. If I had firm dates for October, I would buy my tickets as soon as I found a good price.
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None of these old "rules" hold true any longer. If I had firm dates for October, I would buy my tickets as soon as I found a good price.
I agree. The kids were younger last time so we worried about splitting up so we didn't fly SWA. We booked Delta for $240 per person in June (11 weeks out) and the price wasn't any cheaper anytime else regardless of carrier. The price on Delta did drop some but it was for a super economy fare where you got no seat assignment and had to agree in advance to be bumped if they oversold the flight.

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I search as soon as flights are released on each airline. I booked when I find a price that I am happy with. I know that prices might drop but at the same time, they can go up.
This is us too usually. I booked the day flights opened up for our late August trip (which was a few weeks ago). They've done nothing but climb since then so I am happy with that.
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Since 2008, I have always bought my airfare within days of the prices being released. (DISCLAIMER: I have flown only 5 times in that time period and it was AirTran exclusively) Every time, the prices NEVER went down between when I purchased and when I flew. They ALWAYS went up. So, now I try to book ASAP.

DH and I are planning on going in November (7-12) for F&W and we're going to fly SWA for the first time. I just opened the SW Visa with the 50,000 bonus points offer so now I have to wait until those points post to my account. Fortunately, it sounds like it will be at least another month before those flights are released. The waiting is killing me.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:19 AM   #13
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None of these old "rules" hold true any longer. If I had firm dates for October, I would buy my tickets as soon as I found a good price.
I've flown at least four times in the past year where it was true.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:39 AM   #14
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For our January 2012 trip, we purchased airfare in the first week of August 2011.

For August 2012, we purchased in mid January.

For December 2012, we purchased in early July.

For August 2013, we purchased in early January.

With each of the 2012 trips, prices only increased from the time of purchase (in most cases, VERY substantially) in all cases except for one (our sole Airtran flight). None of the others, all with Jetblue, went down. And believe me, I looked daily. Or even multiple times a day. In the case of the Airtran flight, they put the $20 pp difference in a travel bank for us that we used to upgrade to business class at the 24 hour mark.

Our August 2013 flights have already increased since purchasing a little over a month ago. Considering the amount of time between now and our travel date, the plane is surprisingly full already .

If we had waited until six weeks out to book our flights for ANY of those 2012 trips as one of the PP's have suggested, we would have been paying a bundle for those tickets.

I also like booking early to ensure we get the flights we want, the seating configuration we want (we all like the aisles.....DS and I across from each other, and DH behind DS), and the location within the plane we want.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:48 AM   #15
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Our August 2013 flights have already increased since purchasing a little over a month ago. Considering the amount of time between now and our travel date, the plane is surprisingly full already .

If we had waited until six weeks out to book our flights for ANY of those 2012 trips as one of the PP's have suggested, we would have been paying a bundle for those tickets.

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I also bought my Aug 2013 tix mid January, and have seen the same increase. I would say sooner is better.
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