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Old 01-13-2013, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best time to buy airfare?

My trip is not until November but I am wondering when is the best time to buy the airline tickets. I am able to buy them late February if I want, but I would hate to buy them and then they get a lot cheaper after that. I know it is always a gamble as prices go up or down. Also have you heard about the best day of the week to buy them as well? I usually fly SW or American.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually buy whenever I find a good deal. We are going to Ailani in November and a soon as a good deal pops up I plan to sang it. I don't however buy if there isn't a deal. We always fly Alaska Air and they have sales all the time they send them to my email.
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Wife keeps telling me the rates will be lower in Feb. Think she read it somewhere. Just hope they go down soon. I looked friday and my flight was down to $273 so woke up Sat to buy them it went back up to $320
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The good news is that is you buy now with Southwest and you see the fares get lower later, they will refund the difference. I bought ours early and it's gone up $400. I'm glad I bought when I did.
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While prices can fluctuate in either direction ... generally, you want to buy them at least eight full weeks before you expect to fly. During the final run-up to teh day itself, the prices will rise, sometimes quite dramatically, as the supply of open seats on that aircraft dwindle.

Generally, I would say "as soon as possible after finalising the dates of your trip".
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I have heard 3-4 myths prior to your trip is the best time to buy. I wish I could purchase mine now but my return date, Sept 1, isn't available yet for booking.
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The good news is that is you buy now with Southwest and you see the fares get lower later, they will refund the difference. I bought ours early and it's gone up $400. I'm glad I bought when I did.
I did not know that SW did that. The airport that SW flies out of here is about 20 minutes further than our main airport but even with the non-direct flights I still might be able to save money. Thanks for the info.
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I was told Southwest would issue a credit to you for future use, that had to be used within a year by the same passenger. So I would ask Southwest for clarification to see if they will actually refund or just give you a credit to use in the future.
I also believe Southwest prices are generally lower during the week, Tuesday through Thursday.
Hope you find a great deal!
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We go in August but our dates were still not available last time I looked. The prices are really up there, we need 5 tickets, and Daughter needs 5 for their family as well.
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Our trip is in November and we are waiting on flights since tickets are very high right now. I will continue to watch prices and availability and hopefully they will come down. Southwest is new to our area but won't fly with them because of how they assign or don't assign seats. Mainly looking at UAL and Delta.
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We fly out of DTW all the time and the cheapest time to buy tickets are Early Wednesday Morning.....
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We are heading down in Sept. and I am watching and waiting to see what fares will do. They are CRAZY right now and I am having a hard time finding a flight at 5 or 6 am only thing I can find are later in the day than I want. Trying to be patient.......
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We alway fly SW. I buy as soon as they are up. I keep my eye on website and watch very closely on the ups and downs of prices. I need flights for October and they will be up on April 4th. As soon as they bring them up I will buy them. I like to get it over with as soon as possible.
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I heard the cheapest time to buy was around 2-3pm on Tuesdays so out of curiosity I checked earlier this am & then again at 3:30pm. Stupid flight went up $96 in the pm.
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Have you looked at Bing? They can tell you historical prices in the search. I don't know if they include SW....
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