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Old 12-23-2011, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Earth
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This whole airline deals is a sham. I hope the government looks into it stat. How a flight listed for $475 goes up 100% in 48hrs is beyond me. Moderator cut: language
Why?
I book 6-16 weeks early in Europe on certain airlines.
The closer to the date of travel, the more expensive the costs.

Your bad planning is at fault here, not the airlines.

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Old 12-23-2011, 03:48 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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This whole airline deals is a sham. I hope the government looks into it stat. How a flight listed for $475 goes up 100% in 48hrs is beyond me. ...
Do much International "Business Travel" where you frequently have to change itinerary on a daily basis ??? 100% is nothing, and 48 hrs is Forever....

We are in the information age!!! I have seen rates change that much in a few minutes while I'm sitting on my thumb deciding whether it is (was) a good deal.


Whoops, I'm out. (Often there are only a few seats available at that rate)

Gotta know when to hold'em, and when to fold'em.. Part of the 'travel game' and a BIG part of the " Finding cheap flights" chapter
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Gotta know when to hold'em, and when to fold'em.. Part of the 'travel game' and a BIG part of the " Finding cheap flights" chapter
The Kenny Rodgers of Travel
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:37 AM
 
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It's not that the rates change, but the cheap price "U" fare restricted tickets (saturday night stay, 3 weeks advance, non-refundable, etc) sell out first. All these fare classes with certain number of seats for each, at least half a dozen classes depending on airline, have different rates. As flights sell out, and since the airlines have less flights operating they frequently do sell out, the only thing that is left near the end are the unrestricted high fare seats usually favored by business travelers (refundable, changeable, etc). "Y" class or "M" class, etc. Coach M class, full coach fare no retrictions, isn't usually much less expensive then first class.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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The flights are high and the closer the date the higher they get. But sometimes I've seen at the last minute the prices drop. But it looks like the cheapest way for me is to drive 12hrs ohh the drriiivveeee.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: California Mountains
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I have seen rates change that much in a few minutes while I'm sitting on my thumb deciding whether it is (was) a good deal.
Just yesterday, we bought tickets to CA from FL for mid Jan. While husband was selecting the inbound flight, I chimed in and said that particular layover may cause us delay in the winter, so he clicked the arrow to go back to the previous page. The fare went up $80 per ticket.

He started grumbling. I yelled out, "Take a flight, any flight. Wait another 5 minutes and it will be go up even higher."

We bought the tickets. He still complained half an hour later that it was my fault we had to spend $160 more than we should. I put on my headphones and tuned him out.
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