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Old February 14th, 2009, 12:03 PM
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Default need info or help getting cheap airfair to lax

When is the best time to book a fliight to LA airport? I have to fly out on oct 3rd staying at the Airport Hilton and fly home on the 11th right after the cruise. We are going on the Carnval Splender on the 4th. However all the airfare from Indianapolis, Indiana was charging more fro the flight then what i paid for the cruise . Should i wait for a latter date for booking a flight? any sugestions?
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Old February 14th, 2009, 03:36 PM
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I just booked my flight to LA for September. I think the key is if you have a few months to keep chekcing the various airlines to find the best deal possible.

I found my flight on WestJet (a Canadian based airline) for $159 each way. I got a nonstop flight and I paid $15 each way for advanced seat selection for the exit row seats--yup, major extra leg room!!! I got flight cancellation insurance too and I got it all for $545 Canadian...

I suggest you keep surfing for cheaper prices and you might find a good deal!!!!

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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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Sign up for email alerts from Southwest (www.iflyswa.com). They have frequent specials. They also don't constantly change your flights like Delta/USAir do. When a special does come up, don't hesitate to purchase it because they go fast.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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I recommend getting a bank debit card or credit card that is art of the frequent flyer program at American Airlines or any other airlines (pick a major oine that is less likely to go out of business).

I flew my son and I down from Chicago to Orlando and home for free (ok just for $20 or so taxes) in 2007, I'm flying us down to Miami and back next month so we can spend a week with my mom, and I'm flying myself down to Miami and back in March 2010 for my solo Imagination cruise. It's nice to just pay $10-15 tax instead of the cost of round-trip airfare.

I used to be able to "charge" my rent on my debit mastercard but where I'm living now, they only accept checks. So I just continue to use my AA Advantage Citibank debit Mastercard for groceries, gasoline, anything else that I usually pay cash for or would write a check - where possible - and the mileage keeps building up.

The only downside is that you can't usually find last minute "free" flights" so you have to book your flights as early as possible to get direct flights. Otherwise, you are stuck with 2 or 3-leg journeys both ways.

We had 2 legs on the way down in 2007 and the 1st flight was delayed coming home but I got AA on the phone while standing in line at the gate when the announcement was made, and the guy on the phone got me onto a free flight that was direct and which got me home earlier than the 2 legs would have.

We have 2 legs down and back going to Miami next month and I wilil again see if there are any last minute cancellations that will get us down and back on a direct flight each time, even if we can't sit together (he turns 16 in April).
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Old February 15th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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$282 Frontier /US Airways

$198 with change in IAH and fly to Orange County on American & Delta

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Old February 16th, 2009, 07:21 PM
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Also try looking at flights into Orange County (SNA) and Long Beach (LGB).
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Old February 17th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Drive to Ohare and fly from there.. millions of flights to LA from Chicago..
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Old February 17th, 2009, 01:48 PM
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Alternate to OHare is Cincy. It's closer and a big Delta hub.

No promises there though, I've met people from that area who have come up to Indy to fly. The kick W to E is usually that return flight after noon. If you can stay until Monday you might save enough to pay for a hotel.

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I don't know where you may have checked for a flight. May I suggest the following. Don't use a travel agenct. Look at the various travel sies such as Travelocity and Expedia. Check out their lowest rates and note which carriers offers those lowest artes. Many times t]a low rate will be associated( a connecting flight) with another city. This means you will have to stop in that city and may even have to change planes, however the savings you receive should be worth the time and effort. After cheking on Expedia and Travelocity go to the airline's site and see what they offier. Advance purchases are still the best bet and Southwest has been advertising some great deals since the first of the year. Southwest offers some highly discounted fares however look for the restrictions such as "they must be purchsed in the next 10 days" or you can "only travel on Tue/Wed/Thurs". Last minute air fares will cost you an arm and leg so don't waint until the last minute. My "last minute" will be closer than 21 days. There are still many great airline deals out there. Spend a little time on the internet and you will save. Good luck!!!
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