RIHNOSAUR
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Seeking Advice On Buying Tickets.

Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:00 am

Hello everyone,

I know I'm probably asking a century (maybe not quite) old question, but My wife told me to to get on airliners.net to get help!..Any time my wife wants me be to be on airliners...that is saying something..she usually gets jealous over airliners......and would rather me spend time with her!!!!

Anyhow, We need to spend some cash this upcoming holiday season since both my sister and my sister in law are getting married back to back. My sister in law decided to get married in the Dominican republic (thanks giving weekend)....and my sister is getting married in Costa Rica (last week in December).

So here is the question, we currently live in college station TX..so most likely I would like to get tickets departing from IAH, we are just about to purchase the tickets for both places.. but I wanted some advice on whether I should wait a few weeks ..or buy them right now.....

1. I do not know any one in the airline industry so I cant get special deals of any sort

2. I want to get the absolute cheapest i.e. fly economy...long layovers are fine...

3. stay in DR is ~ 4 days....... stay in CR is 2.5 weeks

4. currently tickets to both places are ~ $800.00 -$700.00

should I wait or strike now??????
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HT
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RE: Seeking Advice On Buying Tickets.

Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:44 pm

No insights here either, but ...:

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Thread starter):
we currently live in college station TX..so most likely I would like to get tickets departing from IAH, w

Have you compared fares from other departure points than IAH ?
I assume you tickets will be on CO - and quite often fares are higher from an airlines' homebase (hub) than from a spoke airport ...

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Thread starter):
My sister in law decided to get married in the Dominican republic (thanks giving weekend)....and my sister is getting married in Costa Rica (last week in December).

Both times of the year are prone to high fares, so I would not count on it that fares will drop considerably. And with (still) rising fuel costs, you might be safe from that if you purchase now.
If you have the money available, I would suggest to buy now. If you have to finance the tickets, you might want to wait a bit longer, but not for too long ...

And if your dates are rather fixed, I would play safe and purchase now before the flights sell out in the cheaper fare classes.
You can get a feeling how fare classes are sellling, if you try to book 9 (or the max. number allowed by the website) pax and then compare those fares with the fare for 2 pax.

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RIHNOSAUR
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RE: Seeking Advice On Buying Tickets.

Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:48 pm



Quoting HT (Reply 1):
You can get a feeling how fare classes are sellling, if you try to book 9 (or the max. number allowed by the website) pax and then compare those fares with the fare for 2 pax.

Thanks HT, can you further expand on this comparison technique???

I will be buying them on cash....but I like your reasoning of buying soon to get the lowest fares (because they sell quickly, is probably the best strategy)
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RE: Seeking Advice On Buying Tickets.

Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:44 pm



Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Reply 2):
Thanks HT, can you further expand on this comparison technique???

Go to the respective website and search for those 2 tickets you need from A to B. Note the individual fare quoted (and fare class, if shown).
Next you do the same for 9 pax (usually the max number of pax allowed). If the individual fare is the same as for 2 pax, it is quite likely that the fare class still has more than 9 open seats left.
If the fares are different, you try again with 5 pax.
(If necessary again with 3 or 4 pax).
That way you will get an impression of how many seats are available in the cheapest booking class (if a website actually shows this information even without the above mentioned trick you are lucky, but most websites designed for end-user are intentionally keeping this information away from the customer).

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Reply 2):
I will be buying them on cash...

I am not sure what the carriers policy is. At least one carrier here in Germany I use would only charge you with abput 20 percent of the fare now (this is for the X-mas flight at least) and then charge the remainder soandso many weeks before departure. If this is till valid, I do not know, as recently I am forced to book rather late - and airlines are keen to get their hands onto money ASAP.

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RE: Seeking Advice On Buying Tickets.

Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:32 pm

Have you tried seatcounter.com? It doen't always say exactly how many seats are available in each fare code if more than either 7 or 9 seats (depending on airline) but will give you a relative comparison of availability.
 
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RE: Seeking Advice On Buying Tickets.

Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:40 pm



Quoting SeattleFlyer (Reply 4):
Have you tried seatcounter.com?

Not yet. Thanks for the link.
But it does not seem to work for flights within Europe, which are my primary concern.
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RE: Seeking Advice On Buying Tickets.

Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:26 am

You are playing a very ugly game, grasshoppa.

Things are ugly with your question RIGHT THIS MINUTE for two reasons:
1) this is always an ugly guessing game, pitting probability against nerve firing inside the heads of millions of consumers
2) the airline industry is in a state of turmoil not seen since 1978, when the government turned their supporting hand upside-down, and dumped all carriers onto the floor. Just ask Braniff. I digress, it's late.


Anyhow, I am a Continental guy, so I'd stick with them, but you've said that price is more important than any other factor (really? how far are you willing to follow that dangerous statement? All the way, say, to hotwire.com?)

Does Continental serve Bryan/College Station? I know American Eagle does- check them out. The person that said that home base is often more expensive is SOMETIMES right. Obviously, other times, that's wrong.
But you can find that out easily enough on your own, just by doing a search from IAH and one from Bryan.

$7-800 is astronomical. But then, your sisters (in-law or otherwise) were discourteous enough to get married during Holidays, so bad on them.

My advice would be this:
First, get on kayak.com, and do searches from several different appropriate points of origin. Then, monkey around on orbitz.com, and Continental.com with the "search +/- 3 days" checkbox checked, PARTICULARLY with the cheapest city you found in the first step.

IF your only question is whether to buy now or to wait, then my answer is...... I'll never tell.
Because, no matter WHAT I tell you to do, it'll turn out to be DEAD WRONG.

But, here's my thinking: the price of fuel isn't likely to go back to $70 ever again, which is where it was when a lot of the current airfares were set, minus the two-dozen tiny fare hikes that the carriers have managed to pass this year alone.
And, it being the Holidays, fares are NEVER all that likely to go down.
Yeah, you always stand to save big by waiting for that magical 31-day window.
But- this is the Holidays.

I'm actually looking for Thanksgiving tickets for a buddy tonight, and now that I've found a GREAT deal for him, I'm pressuring him to buy ASAP.

The end- it's 3:27 am for me, and I ramble WAY too much at this hour.

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