We are booked on the Jewel in January of 06 - I am in charge of scouring the internet for airfares for our small group. I know about all the websites but am wondering if anyone knows what the optimum time for the best airfares for that time period might be. Nothing (except Northwest) is available for our dates at the moment, but I want to be on top of it. Recommendations? Thanks! Vicki
I fly to Florida often and usually book it about 8 weeks prior. Just my opinion, but I would wait until after summer even till October. Many things could come up, ie cruise change, port change, etc and you could get stuck with airfare that you don't need or want. Be sure to buy travel insurance also.
Teresa and Larry
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Here is how I play the game. Go to Travelocity or Expedia..plug in the date and the cheapest is first. Then go direct to that airline web site and you vey well may beat the price. I was down 2 weeks ago rt from Philly to Ft. Lauderdale $116/pp on US Air. This is exactly how I did it! Good luck and check on a Tuesday. Also dont for get the smaller airlines that might not be listed on Travelocity. In my area Spirit Air and Southeast Air are not listed.
We were in the same situation.
Needed to book a week before our cruise..
Booked American Airlines:
1. Earliest flight to Miami - arriving around 10 am. Were on board by 1 pm. Ship sailed at 5pm.
2. Latest flight back to Chicago to make it the chipest roundtrip - around 9pm.
THEN: were off the ship at 12 noon, went on standby for American Airlines non-stop to Chicago, and were on the plane at 1:45 pm - and we were #14 for standby!!
If we would have purchased flight we came back on, our tickets would be $400..
We only paid around 240+tax.
Never tried "stand by" before, but it worked out really well!!
I've found the best time to book airfare from the Northeast to Flordia is about 3-4 months prior to departure.
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Hi all, appreciate the input. I'm sorry - we are flying from Seattle. And the only concern I have is if we wait too long (say October) and flights are either unavailable or much too expensive. I guess if we could predict though, we'd all be millionaires, right?
In my opinion I always book flights as early as possible and at a price that I'm willing to pay. It feels nice to have that portion of my trip scheduled and paid for. Book directly with an airline and make certain that they will reduce the price you paid if the price goes down with no change fee. You can only book air 331 days in advance so be sure to check on that day for the lowest fares and web specials from all the airlines that fly out of your area. Sometimes it makes sense to book one-way airfares. As flights become available, and you wait for your return date to become available, the departure date specials are all gone. Seems these days that flights are at a premium and I haven't seen the price of a flight go down in the last 3 or 4 years for winter travel. Just my opinion of course but I'd rather have a flight that I paid $20 more than no flight at all.
I am in the same boat, excuse the pun. It is strange booking airfare online through spiritair, it is $700. for the 3 of us. I looked at expedia and travelocity and it only totalled $500. for the 3. I thought it was strange to get a cheaper price from a 3rd party. Since our cruise isn't until jan 06 I am going to wait. We are flying from NJ to FLL, we'll see what happens.