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The Best Time To Purchase Tickets

Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:54 pm

What are the general flows of ticket pricing in terms of the best time to buy? i.e. if you were to buy ticket over the Christmas holiday - not say the peak days but over that period - when would be the best time to do it? I see now BA and AA have deals on business through Sept - but not farther. Last year they seemed to have air/hotel combos in November for December. It seems that if you look at BAs 12 month fare calandars the fares trend a little lower the closer you get then rise again when you are in the travel window. As we need to purchase four tickets and usually do WT+ just want to save a little if we can. If this needs to be in a different forum I apologize but seem to have seen some topics like this.
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RE: The Best Time To Purchase Tickets

Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:55 am

There is no easy and simple answer to this question.
Airlines employ whole departments for their yield management, so if the fare development for a specific flight were predictable 9 months in advance, a whole bunch of people just could get laid off.

Serious: If you want to travel on a certain day / flight and require 4 seats, chances are that any offers you might see have less than 4 seats available. If you feel that the fare is okay, book it.
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RE: The Best Time To Purchase Tickets

Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:49 pm

From my personal experience mostly flying domestic within the US, fares tend to be at their cheapest approx. 2 weeks before the date of the flight you want to book. Once you get within that two week timeframe, the bulk of travelers booking shifts from travelers planning for vacation to business travelers who HAVE to travel on that date, as well as others who must travel at the last minute. We all know that airlines love to milk it from those who have to go. I don't really travel on holidays, so I don't know if this principle applies at those times. Keep an eye out for fares on the date you want to travel. They will either remain steady or creep down until two weeks in advance, when they will hit rock bottom. Fares will then skyrocket up until travel day. And keep an eye out for those really good deals. The best ones never last long, sometimes only a few hours.
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RE: The Best Time To Purchase Tickets

Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:17 pm

With AC and WS here in Canada I tend to find the cheapest fares are usually 3-5 weeks prior to the date of the flight and it's usually every Wednesday that they release their seats sales. Last week I was watching fares from YYC to YEG and probably about every 12 hours, the price went up $20-$30. In 1 week, the fare went from $79 to well over $200 the day before departure. Keep an eye out for seat sales and every now and than an airline may have a sale that lasts only a few hours and that might be the best chance to get the greatest deal (even though they will likely come with a long list of restrictions and blackout dates).

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