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When do YOU book your flights?

Discussion in 'Ground & Air Transportation' started by Ciara, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. Ciara

    Ciara Well-Known Member

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    Just curious really :geek: hoping to get a better deal on our flights this year than last year.
     
  2. SyracuseDisneyFan

    SyracuseDisneyFan Well-Known Member

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    About 6 to 8 months out. For our upcoming trip, my Mom booked ours on November 4. It depends on the airline you use and how far out the airline books their flights.
     
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  3. SAV

    SAV Well-Known Member

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    We usually do the 6 to 8 month window as well. We did luck into a tremendous deal just 2 weeks away last year for a flight to Orlando.
     
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  4. mattchu758

    mattchu758 Well-Known Member

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    For this past trip, I was looking about 10 months in advance. Prices were pretty steep at the time. I booked our hotel 8 months in advance then decided to book flights as well. I got extremely lucky and they were about 40% cheaper than they were a month of so earlier. I booked Newark to Orlando for about $170 a ticket. It's usually anywhere between $300-400. My best advice to is constantly check flights everyday especially if you are booking way in advance.
     
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    21stamps Well-Known Member

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    A few weeks before I leave. Unless I find a great deal beforehand...which is unfortunately pretty rare.lol
     
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    dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    As soon as Southwest opens up the booking window.
     
  7. JFP

    JFP New Member

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    https://www.google.com/flights/
    I always book through Google Flights. Started looking back in September for our trip in March. Tracked the flights and we (wife and son) were able to fly from Raleigh, NC to Orlando, round trip, for less that $450.00 total.....Unbelievable deal. Check it out. You plug in your dates and it searches across all airline sites.
     
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    Weather_Lady Well-Known Member

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    It all depends on your preferred airline(s)! We're generally on Southwest or JetBlue. Southwest doesn't fluctuate much, but with JetBlue, they sell the cheapest fares first and the price only continues to go up, so it's always to our advantage to book immediately when the schedule is extended.

    Google around a bit and see what people say about your particular airline...
     
  9. Patcheslee

    Patcheslee Active Member

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    Following. We are 4 months out and initially chose to drive because of the 1800+ we saw for 3 of us at res booking. Add in the rental car because we're starting in St. Augustine for a couple days before. It gets expensive quick. None of us have flown but Ive been hoping to find reasonable prices and have more time.
     
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  10. goldenears

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    When I was researching when to visit WDW, I stumbled on an airfare deal from southwest last August for late February travel time so that locked in our trip dates. So for my family of four to fly round trip from Columbus, Ohio only cost $551. Normally, that would be roughly $1200. That afforded us the ability to book two rooms instead of one. I haven't seen that special come out again since then.
     
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  11. Ciara

    Ciara Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thank you for all of the information!!
     
  12. carriebeth

    carriebeth Active Member

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    We book Southwest pretty much as soon as they open flights for our travel time. The price doesn't really change ever and we always have specific travel times we want..early as possible on arrival day, late as possible when leaving. Would not want to chance them selling out or anything. With 8 kids we need a lot of seats so that motivates us to jump on it sooner than later too. Its not like we can wait and assume 1 or 2 seats will be open at a later date
     
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    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member

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    Ugh. I thought the "rule" was that about 3 months out was when you could find the cheapest rates. We're 6 months out and haven't booked our flights yet. right now the cheapest I can find is $260 a ticket from Michigan to Orlando.
     
  14. Jahona

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    It seems the usual tropes for Airfare in the past has changed a bit. I've been looking for the beginning of October since last year. American has increased their prices fairly regularly, although some times are oddly priced. Southwest on the other hand just released their prices for October a week or so ago and the day they came out the "wanna get away" category was already sold out just about.
     
  15. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member

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    You all made me panic and I just bought airline tickets for our trip that is 6 months out. :oops: I have been watching for quite awhile and noticed nothing getting any cheaper. I even noticed that flights that were only 3 months out were more expensive then the ones I just purchased. So I guess I'm saying Thanks for the Information. :D
     
  16. drwadadli

    drwadadli Premium Member

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    We typical book about 4 - 6 months out. If you use the app "hopper", they will notify you if there is a change in flight prices. When I get the notification of a change in price from them, then I go to the airline website and book the flight there instead of through hopper
     

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