Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1335 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7384 times:
I bought my ticket for my flight home for Christmas back in August (Well, it's not exactly home as my parents moved to Minnesota this year, but I digress...). Typically I will buy tickets for personal travel that isn't during the busy travel season about a month in advance, give or take a week or so.
I'm curious how far in advance people here buy their plane tickets, be it for holidays or for other travel. When do you consider the best time to book travel?
Bok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7371 times:
When my plans are final, I'll buy the tickets (unless it is so far out that it woud be more expensive to do so, although that has never happened). Most recently, I purchased a ticket on B6 three weeks before departure. Back in September I bought tickets for December, and last month for February.
AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7356 times:
For holiday travel, the earlier the better. Last year we bought tickets at Thanksgiving for travel at Christmas; don't want to make that mistake again. For leisure travel, I usually watch prices for awhile when I know the dates I want to travel. If I notice a trend of increasing prices, I will get them because there is no guarantee of them going down.
ERJ135 From Aruba, joined Nov 2000, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7349 times:
Back in the early 80's I made my first trip overseas alone and I booked my round the world ticket one year in advance. I then paid the ticket 6 weeks later which was 44 weeks in advance of travel. There was no internet then or online booking so it was all handled by a travel agent.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7343 times:
I attend annual conventions where the schedules for the next convention is announced at least a year in advance. I will make hotel arrangements as soon as the package information is released. If traveling by commercial airline, I will purchase transportation as soon as the reservation system will permit.
This year's annual convention for the Association of Railway Museums was held in Pittsburgh, PA in October. I purchased round trip transportation on NW by January and got round trip transportation from PHX to PIT for just under $200 USD including all taxes.
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12150 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7321 times:
Generally I book mine as far in advance as possible, as soon as I know I can go somewhere, then I will book them because it has always worked out cheaper this way. The longest in advance was about 15 months for a school trip booked through a travel agent and the shortest was just a couple of hours before wheels up.
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Nema From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 810 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7318 times:
Last May I booked our seats for our regular Christmas trip from Birmingham to Tenerife mainly because the flight will eventually be full. Since then of course loads of offers have appeared and still appear with huge discounts from what weve paid, but i cant risk not getting there by leaving it late.
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Mauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7310 times:
Business - at least 14 day advance to save $$. Job now I rarely have to do a last minute trip. Previous job - lots of 24-48 hour or same day bookings.
Leisure - often months in advance since we usually fly F or Biz on vacation. I want to be able to get the seats, and itinerary we want.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7302 times:
Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 13): Seeing how I'm the all-around flight guy in the family, I make the plans. I just hafta get the Mom's credit card in time..
Yeah, me too. I actually have my mom's CC number written down in a secret place in the house and whenever it comes time to book a flight, I just give her a call and the exchange is just something like this: "I found Thanksgiving flights, can I book them?" "Sure, that's fine. E-mail me your itinerary when you get it." And then I book it.
This is in contrast with my roommates who have varying levels of control over their itinerary - one roommate tells his parents preferred dates and times and they book it for him. Another roommate's mom just waits for the "Ding!" fare to Nashville and books flights and then tells him about it. This almost caused a big issue this year for Thanksgiving when his mom booked him a flight to Nashville on Tuesday while he had a mandatory class on Wednesday (Thanks, stupid ASU academic calendar with 35% of students from out-of-state but classes the day before Thanksgiving!!), so he had to talk to the professor to get excused from it. I personally can't imagine having no control over the flights I book.
Boeing74741R From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2007, 1219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7269 times:
We only book tickets once our plans are final, which can be anything from 18 months to 18 days! We do know that booking early will get us the best deal, but not all airlines take bookings as early as others (which prevents a fair comparison of price) and it also depends on what our plans are.
What we generally do is, if we have a choice of carrier on the route, we get quotes from all airlines on that route (say MAN or LPL or BLK-AGP) and go for the airline which is offering the best price and also at a time which is convenient.
It can be a headache at times but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7243 times:
I am tending to purchase tickets earlier than I had in the past. For example, I have been able to use Rapid Rewards for both Thanksgiving and Christmas travel. I usually book as soon as WN opens their schedules. I just recently purchased travel for this coming July on Mexicana from LAX-GDL. I noticed that with the increase of jet fuel, the price was rising, so I thought it best to purchase early. I also just purchased travel on WN for February, March and May travel to take advantage of their Internet special fares and to use a Rapid Rewards for Friday and Saturday of Easter weekend for travel.
SeattleFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7232 times:
As soon as I know where I'm going and when I need/want to be there. Especially if I'm looking for upgrade opportunities. This, of course, is assuming miles and dollars ( or available credit card balance) are available at the same time.
This can be anywhere from a few weeks to almost 1 year in advance. I'm willing to sacrifice a few dollars to make sure I get the schedule and class of service I want.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7215 times:
Usually around 3-4 months out, as typically, that's when I'm finalizing the main plans for a trip (My flight is usually the last thing I book.). For the trip I took over Thanksgiving, I booked my tickets back in early August (I wish I would have booked them back in July as they were about $150 cheaper.). For the trip before that one (back in March), I booked it in mid-December. For my next trip, which is in April, I'm planning on booking it sometime around the first of the year. But if I see a good deal on a flight, I may book it earlier.