JonnyGT From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 242 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
A pleasant evening to you all..
I've been searching (to no avail) for good fares from Des Moines (DSM) to Orlando (MCO) from 6/9 to 6/13. I cannot seem to find any good fares, and I am about at the end of my rope since I must go on this trip I know some of you out there know some secrets to finding a good fare, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4256 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2154 times:
If you can vary your dats or be flexible with times, that usually helps. Go to a website like orbitz, travelocity or expedia and it does an auto search for the cheapest tickets. Try cheaptickets.com too... they have some consolidator fares. Or, you might even try checking nwa.com, aa.com, delta.com right now, they're all running sales.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3078 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2141 times:
Usually a Saturday night stay improves the fare.
With your days, you're looking at ATA for $268 which I would say isn't too bad.
If you can arrive on Saturday night the 8th instead of Sunday you'll save maybe around $20 it looks like this time and you can fly on AA (TW) or NW.
My strategy includes looking at Yahoo! and Orbitz and then seeing if the same fares are available at the airlines' websites. If all else fails I'll try Hotwire which can give you good fares but not all the time. You can't get FF miles if you use Hotwire though.
Hotwire can get you $239 RT total after taxes if you fly the 8th-13th but Hotwire's catch is that you don't know the airline or flight times. Kind of exciting actually since you don't know the variables of your trip. I've pulled the Hotwire slot machine handle a few times . There's also Priceline but I haven't used them.
The other option I look into is driving to nearby cities. Can you make the 3 hour drive to KC? Or 2 hour drive to Omaha?
How many people are going on this trip? If there's two of you, WN has friends fly free where 2 people can go MCI-MCO for $278 round trip on the dates you want! $289 from OMA on the same dates. If single traveler the fares aren't too great though.