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Old 04-15-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Remember $49 Southwest Flights? The good 'ol days.

Fewer Florida trips with prices of flights!
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Fewer Florida trips with prices of flights!

Yep! Sure do. My DS went 5 or 6 times before he was 2. We paid $49 or $59 and he was free.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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With $49 SW flights, we went 2 - 3 times a year. Prices went up, then we went once a year, then every 2 years.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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When we took our first big trip in 2008, I was thrilled to get the four of us roundtrip from Buffalo for 800.

I'd say now I'd be *thrilled* with doing it for 1000, and usually end up paying around 1200 for the four of us. And I seriously scout for deals and the best prices. So in 5 years it's gone up 100 a person. Certainly not great but not horrendous. There used to be more to choose from as well. You used to be relatively assured of getting a DING fare. I stopped watching for those, and don't even know if they do them anymore.
I never did get a $49 fare but I suspect these fares would hurt more if I had.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:14 PM   #5
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OMGoodness, do I ever miss those days! The first time we flew Southwest was with a $29 OW fare!!! (mind you, the exchange rate was something crazy like 72 cents on the dollar) How can you not book a $29 fare, honestly! I think the whole trip cost us something like 900 bucks total including the MVMCP tix, Sea World tix and dinner at Chef Mickeys! Lol, bring those fares back Southwest, bring em back!!!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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I'm with Alohamom - we snagged $29 so for 3 of us round trip was about $220...my best score ever
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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When we took our first big trip in 2008, I was thrilled to get the four of us roundtrip from Buffalo for 800.

I'd say now I'd be *thrilled* with doing it for 1000, and usually end up paying around 1200 for the four of us. And I seriously scout for deals and the best prices. So in 5 years it's gone up 100 a person. Certainly not great but not horrendous. There used to be more to choose from as well. You used to be relatively assured of getting a DING fare. I stopped watching for those, and don't even know if they do them anymore.
I never did get a $49 fare but I suspect these fares would hurt more if I had.

We're going in Sept for $188pp roundtrip.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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We're going in Sept for $188pp roundtrip.
That's awesome! No such luck for August and February this year.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:22 PM   #9
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:56 PM   #10
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We went March break for $253pp, flight was delayed on the way home so we each got $100 voucher which I will be using in January for the Dopey Challenge
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:53 AM   #11
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We went March break for $253pp, flight was delayed on the way home so we each got $100 voucher which I will be using in January for the Dopey Challenge
DH and I once volunteered to be bumped on the way to Vegas took a voucher and they refunded the cost of the flight off to WDW we went
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DH and I once volunteered to be bumped on the way to Vegas took a voucher and they refunded the cost of the flight off to WDW we went
I've always said we'll volunteer if they ever make an offer to bump. We always fly in late Friday night so we wouldn't really be missing a vacation day. But in 8 trips there has never been an offer. It would be great to have the flights for the next trip covered
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:57 AM   #13
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I've always said we'll volunteer if they ever make an offer to bump. We always fly in late Friday night so we wouldn't really be missing a vacation day. But in 8 trips there has never been an offer. It would be great to have the flights for the next trip covered
Do you think its because Jetblue rarely overbooks their flights? (you normally fly Jetblue, right?)

We flew Sunwing in 2009 and I honestly can't remember if they asked for volunteers to be bumped or not.

Our last three trips have all been Jetblue except for one, and I know that not once have they asked for someone to agree to be bumped on any of those flights. The sole other flight in the mix was Airtran, and sure enough.....the announcement was made as we waited at the gate. If we hadn't already paid to be upgraded to business class, we would have jumped at the chance as they were specifically looking for a group of 3 and the flight we would have been bumped to was a non-stop Jetblue flight which left later that morning. Let me say....it was tempting!
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Yep! Sure do. My DS went 5 or 6 times before he was 2. We paid $49 or $59 and he was free.
Yup, me too $59 & $79OW, then the best I could get was $105 o/w.

The only time I was "voluntarily" bumped was AirTran Buf to Aruba, I have to transfer at Newark & they asked for volunteers there, I got $600 flight coupons (cost me $400 to Aruba) hotel & dinner vouchers and here's the best part, BUSINESS class to Aruba & back....best vacation score ever!!!!
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Cheap flights, cheap rooms! $49 at ASMu with an AP a few times. Funny, we always ended up way out on the backside of Country! Couldn't complain, though!

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