After booking a reservation on the Carnival Holiday for 25Aug01
how for in advance do arrangements for my flights have to be made? Since the last time I looked for RT flights NYC-San Juan
in Mar98 the apex rate is $400+pp versus $300pp back then. Are
these fares typical for an late august booking or are they adjusted downward as the summer travel season approaches. If
I wait untill next year would I find it harder to acquire the flights
needed to make my sailing date? Or should I just bite the bullet
and eat the cost of the convenience of advance planning now?
Thanks for your interest!
You may want to inquire as to what Carnival wants for the air and go from there.
Sometimes its cheaper to do it on your own, but other times not. At least thats a starting point, good luck.
Set up a fare watcher for yourself on Travelocity and Expedia, which will e-mail you when the fare changes, then be prepared to book when you see a fare that looks good. Be sure to set it up so that it will watch fares for JFK, EWR and LGA to SJU.
Fares to San Juan have gone up dramatically over the last 3 years, but I did this 2 years ago and managed to save $120 per ticket for our last cruise out of Puerto Rico (from Orlando, but New York fare sales are often even better).
American, US Airways and TWA all recently had fare sales to the Caribbean so you might also want to check with them. I'm not sure TWA is still flying to San Juan, though.
Following airfares can be a lot of work, but in my case, I netted a $240 savings and used the extra cash to spend two pre-cruise days in San Juan. Well worth the work!