When do you book flights?

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  1. zoomouse

    zoomouse Disney Dad

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    Does anyone have some sage advice on when is the best time to book flights for the best price? We are planning a trip to WDW in December and the flights are starting to be released now, but am I silly to book now?
     
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  3. extremesoccermom

    extremesoccermom DIS Veteran

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    Personally I start watching my flights everyday after I decide when I am going or at least once a week. I set a certain price I want to pay such as from STL to MCO I really don't want to pay over 100.00 each way per ticket. I watch about 2 or 3 airlines including SWA which doesn't even open their flights until a few months ahead of time. But if I find one that is below my set amount and no stop overs and for the times I want I usually jump on it. I was right the last trip we took when we got AA for 79.00 each way because they never did go lower even with SWA Ding.
    Just a last week AA again had our flight we wanted for 79.00 and I had a coupon from the Entertainment Book for 5% off making it 75.05 each way so we again booked it even though SWA has not opened up yet. Since they are talking about gas going up I didn't want to wait and take a chance. (the price usually is 148.00 each way so I am happy but I will still keep watching)
     
  4. Tnkrbelle565

    Tnkrbelle565 DIS Veteran

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    We also book as soon as it goes at or below the rate I'm comfortable with. For my September trips...the highest I will pay is $200/RT/direct. So when it falls below that, I book. Incidently, I booked my Sept airfare last Friday since it was $199 (figured I wasn't getting much better than that with gas going up) and the price jumped $103 more on Sat!
     
  5. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

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    Esp. with gas going up, I second the "price you can live with" advice.
     
  6. heartsy77

    heartsy77 Working on my 9th trip!

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    I purchased for our DEC 6-16 2 week ago, rt direct for 785 for 4 people, they all ready went up $40 a piece!
     
  7. disneymom3

    disneymom3 <font color=green> I think I could adjust!! <br><f

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    I have to ask where is STL? If I saw a one way direct flight for $79 I would have to be picked up off the floor! I really need to figure out DDs school schedule for last year. I found flights for $221 with one stop for October from Mpls to MCO and I was pretty happy with that price but I am not sure when we can go.
     
  8. flying_babyb

    flying_babyb DIS Veteran

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    any advice on how to find a great fare to Washigtion DC? So far the best we can do is 298 for twround trip 2 stop overs. Ok I dont mind stopovers as long as there just long enough to eat, pee, and buy a souvineer from the airport.
     
  9. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    STL is Saint Louis.
     
  10. englishrose47

    englishrose47 DIS Veteran

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    How do you check prices ? I'm not going til next May and we have always used SWA before. I too want direct flight if possible any advice on how to be on top of this would be appreciated!!
     
  11. DaBoo

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    Can you fly SouthWest and use the Magical Express?
     
  12. CathrynRose

    CathrynRose <font color=brown>R.I.P. Possibly Un-PC Tag, R.I.P

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    Anyone staying at a WDW resort can use Magical Express.

    You just cant 'check in' at the resort and get your boarding passes....
     
  13. flying_babyb

    flying_babyb DIS Veteran

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    I know one tip for ya. Try diffenert nearby cities. I live in appleton and 20 minutes away is green bay. This allows us to check two airports. whats even better is we can do free parking at both.
     

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