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Angie 03-18-2008 08:04 PM

ISO tips for low cost airfare
 
Any tips for getting low airfair? Any certain time of day, day of week , etc to depart? Is it cheaper way way far in advance, closer to departure time?

I've never bought plane tickets before..

Katie H 03-18-2008 08:08 PM

I can't really help a lot, Angie. However, do a "Google" for inexpensive or discount airfares and you should come up with quite a few hits.

Dove 03-18-2008 08:25 PM

I would do it now. with the price of gas tickets are going up..we bought tickets from Ca. to N.C. a month ago..our first stop was Atlanta. then to Charlotte. Two were flights out of Atlanta were canceled because of gas prices so now we stop in Salt lake city and then to Charlotte

i used Expedia.com and we are flying Delta.

GotGarlic 03-18-2008 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Angie (Post 569108)
Any tips for getting low airfair? Any certain time of day, day of week , etc to depart? Is it cheaper way way far in advance, closer to departure time?

I've never bought plane tickets before..

Go to Orbitz.com and do a search. The site searches through several other sites to come up with lots of alternatives. There is usually less demand for traveling on Tues, Wed or Thurs, so you can often get a better fare. If you are willing to make one or more stops (depending on how far you're traveling), the cost goes down. Flying into smaller airports, outside of larger cities, can be cheaper, too. Just make sure you know what transportation from the airport to your destination is available. HTH.

Barbara L 03-19-2008 01:51 AM

I just flew out to California (from South Carolina) on Air Tran. Super low fares. AirTran Airways - Home Page

:smile:Barbara
P.S. Total cost, roundtrip Charlotte to San Diego (with a stop in Atlanta) was $238.50.

Angie 03-19-2008 06:25 AM

Thanks guy. I checked to typical places, orbits, expedia, hotwire, travelocity...got the same results. Cheaper in June than in August.

I'll check that out Barbara. Funny thing...We're in Iowa wanting to fly to MA this summer (Hartford CT airport) and I found fairs from $270-570. Yet, this winter when my husband's uncle died, we were going to fly from IA to Hibbing, MN (a 6 hr drive) and it was $900 per person!!!!!!!!

Bilby 03-19-2008 08:13 AM

Tips? Yeah, don't buy one from Australia!!!!!!

GotGarlic 03-19-2008 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Angie (Post 569269)
Thanks guy. I checked to typical places, orbits, expedia, hotwire, travelocity...got the same results. Cheaper in June than in August.

I'll check that out Barbara. Funny thing...We're in Iowa wanting to fly to MA this summer (Hartford CT airport) and I found fairs from $270-570. Yet, this winter when my husband's uncle died, we were going to fly from IA to Hibbing, MN (a 6 hr drive) and it was $900 per person!!!!!!!!

Distance doesn't determine the price - demand for the route does.

Bilby 03-19-2008 08:41 AM

Also competition.

smoke king 03-19-2008 09:00 AM

I travel to Las Vegas several times a year. If you go to Southwest airlines website and sign up, you will recieve "pings" on specific flights. These usually come in the AM, and you only have a very short time to respond, but the savings are substantial.
Last summer (Aug 07) our round trip ticket (Omaha to LV and LV to Omaha) was 109.00$ per ticket with a free companion flight!!
That was extremely good luck (and timing) but its free to sign up, and depending on where you are going, you may get lucky too!!
FWIW, the most we have ever spent on a RT ticket to LV using this method was 210$ ea.
Good Luck!

Andy M. 03-19-2008 09:01 AM

Check out the site for the airline that makes the most trips to your destination from your home airport. Enter the trip parameters and check out the prices. Then change the departure and return dates in different combinations to find the best prices.

Some of the travel sites, Expedia, Travelocity, etc. have a box you can check for flexible dates and will do the check for you.

GB 03-19-2008 09:09 AM

The best site I have found for finding the best rates is kayak.com.

LT72884 03-19-2008 09:35 AM

man when i first saw the title of this post i thought it said "Low cost affair" it caught me off guard. i was like WTF

Fisher's Mom 03-19-2008 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by LT72884 (Post 569361)
man when i first saw the title of this post i thought it said "Low cost affair" it caught me off guard. i was like WTF

Tell the truth, LT. You were looking for the link!

LT72884 03-19-2008 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Fisher's Mom (Post 569546)
Tell the truth, LT. You were looking for the link!

LOL, yup. Need to go to canada. LOL jk

mattmac 03-19-2008 01:24 PM

AH HA! So you CAN'T fly without an airplane! Busted!

PS: Travelocity works best, from my experience. But the truth is that you shouldn't rely on one source, ever. Look everywhere you can. You'll be surprised at what you can find if you just spend a little time looking.

LT72884 03-19-2008 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by mattmac (Post 569549)
AH HA! So you CAN'T fly without an airplane! Busted!

Shoot dang.. UMM *runs and hides*

Dove 03-20-2008 01:55 AM

LT72884....Hmmmm Have you been informed about my woodshed ??? :lol:

You might just receive an invitation:angel:..

Mama 03-20-2008 02:25 AM

I don't know if people outside of Atlanta have heard of Clark Howard, but here he is a legend when it comes to being cheap. Try his website: Clark Howard Travel Deals


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