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Old 02-18-2013, 09:53 AM   #16
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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.
I am the above poster. Out of curiosity, I just went online to see just how much the tickets have increased.

In May we are flying JetBlue (my preferred airline to Orlando). I bought the tix about 2-3 weeks ago and they've gone up $250 for the five of us.

In August we are flying American Airlines (definitely not my first choice, but at the time they were several hundreds less than JB, even adding in the baggage fees). Those seats have gone up $424 for the five of us, and JetBlue has gone up $828!! I couldn't believe the difference in only a few weeks. So my advice would be to book early!

These flights are from NY-MCO, all direct. I am picky in that I will generally pay a little more to fly out of JFK over LaGuardia, and always non-stop to MCO, but not substantially more.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:06 AM   #17
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I primarily fly either JB or SW. If I have a trip in the works, and I know when I want to fly, then I book as soon as the booking window opens. That has been when I have found the lowest fares. It's when I decide to go somewhere and then have to book airfare weeks after the window opened that I end up paying more than I like to.
I know what price I'll be happy with..anytime I can get a direct flight, from either Boston or Providence, to Florida, for $250 or less (r/t), I book it. I have gone as high as $300 but that's not often.
When flying either SW or JB, I can usually get a credit applied if the fares go down.

When booking with a legacy airline early on, you run the risk of having flights changed on you. And you can't make any changes without penelties!!! I seldom book with Delta or other legacys. Hate the many time changes/cancellations that occur with them. But, when booking that far out, it's inevitable that there will be changes.
When booking with JB, yes, there can be changes. But they are easy to work with to get you what you need. And with SW? I have seldom have them change a flight once it's booked.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #18
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I am the above poster. Out of curiosity, I just went online to see just how much the tickets have increased.

In May we are flying JetBlue (my preferred airline to Orlando). I bought the tix about 2-3 weeks ago and they've gone up $250 for the five of us.

In August we are flying American Airlines (definitely not my first choice, but at the time they were several hundreds less than JB, even adding in the baggage fees). Those seats have gone up $424 for the five of us, and JetBlue has gone up $828!! I couldn't believe the difference in only a few weeks. So my advice would be to book early!

These flights are from NY-MCO, all direct. I am picky in that I will generally pay a little more to fly out of JFK over LaGuardia, and always non-stop to MCO, but not substantially more.
We booked our flights on January 17th for August 23rd to 31st. One month and one day later, the same flights are $171 more than what we paid.
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